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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"Please Call Home" (1970)

Few capture the pain of watching a lover walk out the door than Gregg does in this downcast Idlewild South ballad: "Take one last look before you leave/Because, oh, somehow it means so much to me." The song reveals a new level of sophistication in Gregg's writing as well as in his singing (like the moments of soul-man falsetto). A majestic remake of the song appears on his 1973 solo album Laid Back.

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