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Before I got into rock n’ roll, I was going to be a dentist.
– Gregg Allman
I left home the day after I graduated from high school because I knew we weren’t going to make any dough to pay the rent in music.
Gotta take my puppy on the road with me, Killer.
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 play every show like it’s my last. Fortunately, that’s never turned out to be the case.
My goal is to put out an album with every song being an original composition of mine. I want the credits to read, ‘All songs written by Gregory L. Allman’ – that is something I really want to make happen.
I didn’t think we would ever make enough money to pay rent by playing music.
I have been going to the gym instead of the bar, trying to get back down to my fighting weight.
There are as many ways to write songs as there are songs.
In my line of business, there’s no better feeling than having a real nice work that you’re really satisfied with.
The Beatles had just come out, and everybody had a band. It was incredible competition out there.
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.
There’s only one cook in the kitchen, only one chef. I let the soloists do their thing – you’ve gotta let a man do a solo the way he wants – but as far as picking the tunes and working on the arrangements, I take full responsibility for it.
I got Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie and he also plays now with Hank Williams Jr.
You got to be pretty thin to be in the movies, or it helps. I would actually love to do it.
As they say in the bible, that you’re supposed to rejoice when people die and mourn when they’re born, because it’s one of the most painful acts you go through in life, is being born, and dying.
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.
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.
I got tired of playing other people’s songs.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not supposed to be married.
I would like to be remembered as a – somebody who could rock your soul or make your cry with a song. And somebody who’s kind, who loved to laugh, and loved his God.
Clapton asked my brother to play on his record. I thought that was the most wonderful thing in the world.
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.
The booking agent had the audacity to take 10 percent, so we wound up with about $100 a week apiece.
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!
Yeah, like, when I look back on my life, I just remember back what happened in ’74, or something. It seems like only the real good stuff comes to mind. I don’t think of all the tragedies and all the funerals. That just doesn’t come to mind at all. I guess I’m really blessed that way.