Gregg Allman, founder of the Allman Brothers, passed away today at age 69 today in Savannah, Georgia.

Most people don’t realize that Allman grew up rhere in Volusia County, Daytona Beach to be exact. He graduated from the local high school which is literally just down our road at Seabreeze.

He was raised by a single mom here on the East Florida coast after his father was shot to death when Gregg was just two. His father had picked up a hitchhiker as a good samaritan, but sadly the man took his life.

Pool at my funky house designed by Greg Allman that we’re told he swam in many times back in the day

His mother died in Daytona Beach just two years ago at the age of 98.

From the article:

“Before contributing to some of rock’s all-time classic albums, before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the legendary concert runs at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Gregg Allman was a scuffling teenage garage-band musician in Daytona Beach.”

Without disclosing my address, many articles have been written about Allman’s younger days hanging out at this unique, 2 bedroom abode we bought just before Hurricane Matthew last year in 2016.

We’ve spent months fixing it up (again) many hours a day (and it’s not done yet) but we’re happy to see his pool had little to no damage.

I’m glad it will live on as a memory and tribute, as well as the strings that are strung above it (see video above). We’ll keep it as it has always been and I’ll think of him every time I take a swim in the natural, saltwater, ozone guitar shaped oasis.