In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, the singer, musician and songwriter who played an essential role in the invention of Southern rock, died at the age of 69 of complications from liver cancer in his Savannah, Georgia home May 26th.

"Gregg's voice definitely influenced the way I sing," the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone. "When you think about it, he was as great with his vocals as his brother was on the guitar. 'Midnight Rider,' in particular, had this mystical quality, that type of rolling rhythm with Gregg's voice on top. Everything I've ever done is based on that – a funky groove with soulful singing. It's the foundation of what I do … Gregg was an old soul from the git-go. I don't know how he did it."

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