Gregg Allman: 20 Essential Songs

Southern rock pioneer fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, creating a template for countless jam bands

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"Midnight Rider" (1973)

Written in a nearly empty rehearsal hall one night, this Gregg song was first recorded by the Allmans on Idlewild South. But Gregg's remake on his Laid Back solo album adds new levels of lost-soul catharsis, aided by an expansive orchestrated arrangement. The definition of "haunted" and one of Gregg's most aching vocals. As Gregg told RS in 1973, talking about Oakley's death, "It was so hard to get into anything after that second loss. I even caught myself thinking that it's narrowing down, that maybe I'm next."

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