|May 5: The Allman
Brothers Band CD 'The First Live Recordings'
is released by Laser Media. (DETAILS)
May 27: Gregory Lenoir "Gregg" Allman, a founding
member of The Allman Brothers Band and the younger brother of
Duane Allman, dies in Savannah, GA at
the age of 69.
May 1: Guitarist and singer Bruce Hampton (born Gustav Valentine
Berglund III on April 30, 1947) dies in Atlanta, GA at the age
He was a founding member of Atlanta's avant-garde 'Hampton
Grease Band'. Adopting the moniker Colonel Hampton B. Coles,
Retired or alternatively Col. Bruce Hampton Ret., and sometimes
playing a sort of dwarf guitar called a "chazoid", he later
formed several other bands: 'The Late Bronze Age', 'The Aquarium
Rescue Unit', 'The Fiji Mariners', 'The Codetalkers', 'The Quark
Alliance', 'Pharaoh Gummitt' and 'Madrid Express'.
On May 1, 2017, Hampton was honored by his friends at the Fox
Theatre in Atlanta, GA for his 70th birthday. 'Hampton 70: A
Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton' was an all-star concert
featuring John Bell, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks, Jimmy Herring,
Karl Denson, Jeff Mosier, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan
Tedeschi, Kevn Kinney, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Matt Slocum
and many others.
During the encore performance of "Turn On Your Lovelight"
Hampton suffered a medical emergency and collapsed on stage.
Onlookers and his fellow musicians initially did not notice that
Hampton had collapsed or believed it to be a ruse. As a result,
Hampton lay slumped over an amplifier on the edge of the stage
for several moments before he was taken offstage for medical
attention. He died shortly thereafter at Crawford Long