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Georgia Couple Recall Sweet Story of Gregg Allman Crashing a Local Engagement Party in 2016

A local Georgia family got the surprise of a lifetime when Gregg Allman crashed a casual engagement party taking place on their block on Labor Day weekend in 2016.

Kathleen and Wells Anderson recalled the event exclusively for PEOPLE after hearing of Allman’s death on Saturday at the age of 69. Last year, the Andersons saw the co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band when he came to listen to the band Bloodkin play outside the party for an engaged couple, Harley and Casey Krinsky.

“At the time, I said, ‘There’s no way he’s coming,’” Wells, 44, tells PEOPLE.  “Another buddy said if it happened, we would go down in history as having the best block party ever.”

Allman turned up for about four hours, keeping his distance from the other 40 guests. “My Volvo SUV was parked behind the band and I remember looking over there about 5:45 and seeing Gregg leaning against my car,” Kathleen, 39, said. “He stayed until about 10.” Added Wells: “He wasn’t partying or carrying on. He was just listening to the band.”

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Initially, the Andersons were told that Allman was “going stir crazy” and wanted to get out of the house because his tour had been cancelled. “The other host knows someone who knew him and asked if it would be okay if he came,” Wells said. “But she also wanted to make sure he wouldn’t be mobbed.”

The late musician did request to meet the happy couple to thank them for letting him join in on the fun — and Kathleen got her chance to meet Allman as well.

At one point, after a couple of glasses of wine, Kathleen worked up her nerve to approach him. “I introduced myself and our son Sam, who was 8 then,” she said. “Gregg was a man of few words but he shook Sam’s hand.”

A few months before his death, the guitarist posted a message on social media commenting on his most recent cancelled tour dates and denied rumors he had been in hospice care.

“Hey everyone. I just wanted y’all to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders,” he wrote in April. “I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin.”


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News of Gregg Allman’s death was met with an outpouring of grief on Saturday. 

The legendary musician “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” according to a statement on Allman’s official website, which noted his family planned on releasing their own statement soon. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

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Man. #WhippingPost was the fabric of the musical blanket of my childhood. Thank you #DuaneAllman!!!

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Gregg Allman, Classic Rock Legend Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead

Gregg Allman, one of the two brothers from legendary rock band the Allman Brothers Band, has died. He was 69.

He “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” according to a statement on Allman’s official website. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

Allman was born on Dec. 8, 1947, in Nashville. He was also born a ramblin’ man, if his band’s 1973 classic rock hit was any indication. He, along with his brother Duane, helped to create one of the most successful classic rock bands of all time. With that came not just music, but drugs, women and ― at times ― tragedy, including the early death of Duane.

In his later years, Allman developed hepatitis C, and suffered from an irregular heartbeat and a respiratory infection and had to have a liver transplant. In 2017, he canceled a planned summer tour, sparking worries about his health. 

Allman was born to Willis Allman, a WWII veteran who stormed Normandy Beach, came back to his bride after the war, and had two sons. His father’s life was cut short when Gregg was just 2 years old. After Willis Allman offered a stranger a ride home from a bar one night, the man fatally shot him in the back.

Neither Gregg nor Duane showed any interest in emulating their father’s military career. The boys hated the military school their mother sent them to, but found their footing in music while there, according to Rolling Stone.

“I learned to play mostly from black people,” Allman told The Guardian in 2015. “We used to listen to a station that called itself ‘The black spot on your dial.’ It played Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and it hit Duane and me like spaghetti hitting a wall.”

By the time the Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969, Gregg and Duane were legitimate country hippies ― long-haired, drug-smoking free-loving spirits. Duane played guitar, with Gregg on vocals. Other founding members of the band included drummers “Butch” Trucks and Jai “Jaimoe” Johnny Johnson, along with “Dickey” Betts on guitar and Berry Oakley on bass.

The Allman Brothers Band blended country, jazz, blues and Southern rock in such seamless riffs, pounding drums and twangy vocals that it earned them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys in 2012. The movie “Almost Famous” was also, in part, inspired by the band.

The Allman Brothers Band produced their biggest hits in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, including “Ramblin’ Man,” “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post.” During this time, the band experimented heavily with drugs and attracted many groupies on tour.

“Gregg was just a pretty boy,” drummer Butch Trucks told Rolling Stone in 1999. “He had blond hair, and the girls were hanging all over him.”

In his book My Cross To Bear, Gregg bragged about his sexual exploits.

“I would have women in four or five different rooms,” Allman wrote about staying in hotels while on tour. “Mind you, I wouldn’t lie to anybody; I’d just say, ‘I’ll be right back.’”

During those earlier years, he and his bandmates were also experimenting with drugs, including (but not limited to) PCP, cocaine and speed. The band loved psychedelic mushrooms so much, they made them their unofficial logo and tattooed a mushroom on each of their calves, according to Rolling Stone.

In 1971, just as the band found itself being propelled into stardom, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident. He was  24.

“Duane was the king of laughter, always making jokes,” Gregg Allman told The Guardian in 2015. “You’ve got to keep laughing. It was what Duane would have done, and wanted us to do.”

At Duane’s funeral, Gregg played songs on his older brother’s antique guitar.

“This is a very old guitar, a very beautiful piece,” he said to a crowd of 300. “It was made in 1920 and I’m very proud to have it. And I’m very proud that you all came.”

In 1975, Allman married singer Cher in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted nine days, ending after Allman allegedly pulled a knife on her while trying to score heroin. They reconciled after learning Cher was pregnant with their son, Elijah Blue.

In 1977, Cher divorced Allman for good. The final straw was reportedly at an awards show, when Allman passed out face-first in a plate of spaghetti.

“Every now and then,” Allman wrote in his 2012 memoir, “I’ll think of all the hell I caused other people over the years.” 

Allman eventually embraced sobriety. 

“I’m doing great,” Allman told the Savannah Morning News in 2013. “I’ve been clean and sober for 19 years.”

Rest easy, midnight rider. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story gave the wrong year of Allman’s birth. Language has also been changed regarding Allman’s role in “Rambling Man.”

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