Two years after his death, the legacy of Gregg Allman lives on.
A gravestone engraved with lyrics from “Melissa,” the Allman Brothers Band’s sumptuous 1972 ballad, was installed earlier this year at Allman’s burial site in Macon.
“Again the morning's come/again he's on the run
Sunbeams shining through his hair/appearing not to have a care,
We'll pick up your gear/ and Gypsy roll on, roll on”
The Southern rock icon died on May 27, 2017, at his Savannah home after battling liver cancer. He was 69.
In the 24 months since his passing, fans continue to flock to Rose Hill Cemetery, often leaving trinkets of affection, such as guitar picks and statues.
As previously reported, the cemetery has worked to enclose the gravesite areas of Allman, his brother Duane and ABB bassist Berry Oakley to preserve its safety from overzealous visitors.
According to The Macon Telegraph, there is a local effort to recognize Allman and Butch Trucks, who died in January 2017, as well as living members Dickey Betts and Jaimoe Johanson with a series of named roads near the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. Oakley and Duane Allman already have an area of road or bridge named for them in the same area.
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