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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"Wasted Words" (1973)

"Can you tell me, tell me, friend, just exactly where I've been?" Gregg sings in this opening track from Brothers and Sisters, the first full studio album the band made after Duane's and Oakley's deaths. One of the first songs cut for the album, it balances Gregg's spit-out delivery with the joyful piano of new band member Chuck Leavell.

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