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Gregg Allman Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings


The lead singer of The Allman Brothers Band Gregg Allman passed away today at the age of 69. He gave us legendary hits like “Ramblin’ Man,” “Melissa,” and “Blue Sky.” Now, he’s ascended into rockstar heaven with his brother Duane Allman who was also a prominent member of the band.

Gregg entertained the world as part of The Allman Brothers Band for roughly four decades. He joined the band in 1969 and stayed with the group until 2014. Allman is a certified icon in the southern music industry. Now, let’s look at the words of wisdom that this lead singer has left behind…

Gregg Allman Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings

“When I got out of high school, I thought, I’ll take a year or two off and play the clubs, get this out of my system, and then go to med school.”


“I was always the Doubting Thomas of the bunch, and I don’t think I was convinced about the Allman Brothers until ‘Fillmore East’ hit – that one removed all doubt!”


“Stage fright is not a thing about ‘Am I any good?’ It’s about ‘Am I gonna be good tonight?’ It’s a right-now thing. It helps me. If I went out there thinkin’, ‘Eh, we’ll go slaughter ’em,’ I’m positive something would go seriously wrong.”


“The best advice I got really had nothing to do with singing; it came from my brother, who always told me to stick to my guns and to believe in myself. I think Duane saw my talents and believed in me long before I ever did, and that meant the world to me.”


“The Beatles had just come out, and everybody had a band. It was incredible competition out there.”


“I have been going to the gym instead of the bar, trying to get back down to my fighting weight.”


“Clapton asked my brother to play on his record. I thought that was the most wonderful thing in the world.”


“There are as many ways to write songs as they are songs.”


“I didn’t think we would ever make enough money to pay rent by playing music.”


“I said, other people can write songs, let’s see if I can. So the first 400 or 500 wound up on the floor somewhere. Then I wrote one called Melissa.”


“I got tired of playing other people’s songs.”


“At the Muddy Waters thing, I played the first song by myself on an acoustic guitar. I thought that was great that y’all did that tribute to Muddy Waters. I had a real good time.”


“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not suppose to be married.”


“My father was murdered when I was two. Duane, even though he was only a year and 18 days my elder, he became a father figure to me. I would have done anything for my brother – I loved him so much.”


“Before I got into rock n’ roll, I was going to be a dentist.”


“When you travel on a bus with guys who love all kinds of music, you get exposed to some great stuff, man.”


“When I got out of high school, I thought, ‘I’ll take a year or two off and play the clubs, get this out of my system, and then go to med school.’ More than 40 years later, I figure it’s finally time to write about this crazy journey that’s taken me around the world and back.”


“Duane Allman was the best guitar player I ever heard we didn’t read a note.”


“The thing with the piano is, the piano is like percussion almost – well, it is. You have to… not beat on it, but there is more work involved than a Hammond. With a Hammond, you just lay your hands on the keys, man, and you’re gone.”


  • Brian DunlopCOED Writer
    I've been sent out of college, with honors and such, on the search for the American Dream. I'm a Queens native, filtering through the net for the next hit story. I'm a good bro, too. Check out my brother's art page: https://www.instagram.com/foulfacekoala/?hl=en
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