|May 5: The Allman
Brothers Band CD 'The First Live Recordings'
is released by Laser Media. (DETAILS)
May 12: The
Duane Allman CD 'The Legend And The Legacy' is released by Hump Head
Records in the UK. (DETAILS)
May 27: Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman, a founding
member of The Allman Brothers Band and the younger brother of
Duane Allman, dies in Richmond Hill, 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,
Brandon 'Taz' Niederauer
and many others.
During the encore performance of the show, Hampton suffered a medical
and collapsed on stage. Onlookers and his fellow musicians initially either
did not notice
that Hampton had collapsed, or thought it was a ruse.
As a result, Hampton laid face down at Niederauer's feet, his left arm draped
over a stage monitor,
as Niederauer soloed on "Turn On Your Lovelight". The band played for several minutes
before Hampton was taken offstage for medical attention.
He died shortly thereafter at Emory University Hospital Midtow
(originally Emory Crawford Long Hospital).