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Published: 2017/05/30

Ringo Starr, John Mayer, Dave Schools, Dr. John and More Post Social Media Love for Gregg Allman

via Dr. John’s Facebook

After the passing of beloved Allman Brothers Band leader and legendary rock icon Gregg Allman over the weekend, a plethora of musicians shared their love and memories for the singer on social media, ranging from artists in similar genres to the Allmans to seemingly unrelated musicians, reflecting Allman’s vast impact on the musical world in his career.

Iconic Beatles drummer Ringo Starr shared his love to Allman’s family, while guitarist John Mayer tweeted from Dead & Company tour to say “Eternal love and life to Gregg Allman.” Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson shared his sadness, calling Allman a “great musician” and wishing him “Love & Mercy,” while Charlie Daniels called Allman “the best Dixie had” and wrote simply “you will be missed.”

In the world of country-rock where Allman’s music had such an impact, Jason Isbell wrote “Goodbye, Brother Gregg” and shared a story of Allman correctly guessing that Isbell’s wife, Amanda Shires, would have a daughter, while Chris Stapleton remembered the first time he “ever set foot in an amphitheater” when he opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. “I’ll always be grateful for that moment and the wealth of musical influence.” Keith Urban added, “My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family.”

The legendary Dr. John chimed in, sharing a photo of himself and Allman from earlier this year along with his cover of Allman’s “Let This Be A Lesson To Ya” from the 2014 Gregg Allman tribute album All My Friends and a humorous story Allman shared in the Wall Street Journal article last year about Dr. John calling him a “stupid bastard” for not securing the rights to his music early on in his career.

Also sharing their love for the departed icon were Melissa Etheridge, who wrote, “He showed me his tattoos…his voice…his soul,” and Peter Frampton, who remembered Allman with some reverence, writing, “I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming wth him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul.”

Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, a fellow Southern rock icon, shared a lengthy post on his Facebook, along with a Spotify playlist tribute to Allman. “Gregg holds a special place amongst another elite group: Those who have written songs that are guaranteed to make me cry,” Schools writes. “There are only four in this group and without mentioning the other three I will say that it’s Melissa that starts the waterworks. Every single time I hear this beautiful song the tears just come. I think I’ll go listen to it now.”

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