Remembering Gregg Allman: Live From Daytona In 1987
Today marks three years since the legendary Gregg Allman died. Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band were on the vanguard of the southern rock subgenre and that journey with older brother Duane began before Gregg had even graduated high school. Gregg attended Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida and graduated in 1965 despite pursuing a career in music. As the world now knows, that career would soon take off in a big way.
Fast forward 20+ years and Allman once again found himself in Daytona performing with the Gregg Allman Band at The Ocean Center on March 25, 1987. The Allman Brothers Band were on hiatus at the time and Gregg had recruited an ace group of musicians for his solo band with much the same instrumentation as ABB. The lineup included guitarist “Dangerous” Dan Toler — who played with ABB from 1979 to 1982 — his brother drummer David Frankie Toler, bassist Bruce Waibel — who began his tenure with GAB in 1982 as a roadie — keyboardist Tim Heding and percussionist Charles “Chaz” Trippy.
The Daytona performance came just a little over a month after Allman released his solo album (with largely the same personnel), I’m No Angel, in February 1987. Naturally, Allman performed material from the record including the title track (originally written by Tony Colton and Phil Palmer), “Faces Without Names” (a co-write between Allman and Dan Toler) and one of Allman’s signature solo songs as well as one he played with ABB throughout their tenure, “It’s Not My Cross To Bear.” The latter was among a handful of famous songs from the ABB catalog played in Daytona including the Allman-penned “Whipping Post,” Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues,” Muddy Waters’ “Trouble No More” and the Sonny Boy Williamson II/ Elmore James blues standard “One Way Out.”
Overall, the performance is vintage Gregg Allman: full of soul and incredible musicianship. To remember Gregg, watch the Gregg Allman Band live from Daytona Beach in 1987 via jazflfreebird below:
- Don’t Want You No More 00:30
- It’s Not My Cross To Bear 02:56
- I’m No Angel 08:06
- Hot Lanta 11:59
- Trouble No More 16:48
- Faces Without Names 20:20
- Things You Used To Do 23:51
- Statesboro Blues 28:14
- Whipping Post 34:20
- One Way Out 47:35