For decades, Gregg Allman was the center of the extended family affair that was the Allman Brothers Band, leading the Southern blues outfit through its many crests and valleys. Of course, one such valley was the death of Gregg’s brother Duane Allman, but Gregg continued to press onward with his other “Brothers,” until the group parted ways in 2014. In the ensuing years, Gregg Allman spent as much time on the road with the Gregg Allman Band as possible—or as much as the doctors would allow—resulting in several heartbreaks and cancellations throughout 2016 as he continued to fight his battle with liver cancer. On May 27th, 2017, he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends in his Savannah home, marking the true end of the Allman Brothers Band, following the passing of drummer Butch Trucks earlier that year.
As we continue to honor his legacy, we wanted to remember Gregg by revisiting ABB throughout the years the only way we know how: through the music. One of the most iconic songs in the band’s catalog—and one of the most powerful vehicles in Gregg’s vocal repertoire—is “Whipping Post.” Take a listen to this early 1970 version of the song from the Fillmore East.
After Duane’s death, the Allman Brothers were forced to regroup. Their resiliency continued through the 70’s, though the band took a brief hiatus in the later part of the decade to regroup. However, the reunion would only fade after a few short years, and the band took another lengthy hiatus in the beginning of 1982. This was one of their final performances from that era, taken at the hometown University Of Florida Bandshell.
In 1989, however, things started to change, as the band members fondly remembered their time dominated the Southern blues scene. A new lineup was created, one that included Dickey Betts’ guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Here they are jamming at Woodstock 94, rocking out to perfection.
As the Allman Brothers grew in popularity once again, tensions arose within the band. Around this time, Haynes and Woody left to focus on Gov’t Mule. With a vacancy (briefly filled by Jack Pearson) in the lineup, founding drummer Butch Trucks invited his nephew, Derek Trucks, into the band. After some dissonance with Dickey Betts, Haynes returned to the lineup. Here they are from 2003, jamming out on “Whipping Post” at the Beacon.
With Warren Haynes in the fold, the Allman Brothers Band finalized their longest-lasting lineup and performed regularly from 2000 through their official finale in 2014. Here they are, performing “Whipping Post” from that final concert ever at the Beacon Theatre, a full 45 years after they had begun.
Finally, check out some post-ABB Gregg action with this “Whipping Post” from Gregg Allman Band‘s show in Macon, GA from summer 2016.
We miss you, Gregg!
[Originally published 12/8/17]