Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant surgery

Greg-AllmanImage Credit: Barry King/FilmMagic.comGregg Allman recently underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla, a spokesman for the singer announced today. The Allman Brothers Band member has struggled with drug problems and recently battled the liver disease Hepatitis C. “I changed my ways years ago,” Allman was quoted as saying in a statement. “But we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can’t wait to get back on the road making music with my friends.”

Obviously, we at the Music Mix wish him a speedy recovery, and you can check out some classic Gregg Allman footage after the jump.

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  • Boof

    62 years old and still rockin. He’s has one of the truely unique voices in music. Get well soon man.

  • harry

    Keep Rocking Greg!!! Jessica is my all time favorite Allman brothers song.

  • Meier

    My 24-year-old brother had a liver transplant last September. He definitely would have gone to the Mayo Clinic if he hadn’t been in such a weak condition beforehand. Very happy to hear the Mr. Allman’s transplant was a success.

  • Frank from MusicNerdClub.com

    Get well soon, Midnight Rider!

  • Keith

    Harry, “Jessica” is a great song but sure I wouldn’t classify it as a Gregg Allman classic. It would be more of a Dickie Betts classic. How about the B.B. King Medley that appeared on “Dreams” and sung by Gregg when he was in The Hourglass, before the ABB came about. Now there’s a Gregg Allman classic!

    • Hater

      Anything from the Live at the Fillmore Album. Statsboro Blues is my all time favorite.

  • Outrage

    So, a washed up druggie gets a liver transplant, but regular working folks must wait years. It’s like when druggo David Crosby was given 2 liver transplants, and drunk Mickey Mantle was given one…

    How many middle class mothers and fathers are passed over to give these washed up douche bags high quality medical care (the poor are covered in spades by Medicare and freebies)…

    Wake up America! You are being torn assunder…

    • Hater

      Hey dummy, the man’s been on a waiting list since 2007.

      • Barry

        I think your SN applies more to Outrage.

      • ReginaCallahan

        he states in his book he only waited 5months and 5 days…

    • Donna

      That’s really mean spirited. I am on a liver transplant list and fully understand the procedure. Severity of the disease is what moves a person up on the list. Money has nothing to do with it. There are guidelines that must be followed. It is an unpredictable disease. Well one day and could be gravely ill the next. May God watch over him and I pray that he has a full recovery. Hang in there, Greg. I am praying for you.

      • Outrage

        I really feel for you. I work in healthcare, and can tell you for a fact that the wealthy and famous do get bumped ahead.

        I’m sorry, but that is the sad truth.

        And to the fella, that claims he’s been waiting 3 years… I know people who’ve waited longer only never to receive it, and they weren’t ex-junkies and boozers…

      • Boof

        @Outrage – Sorry dude but you are full of it. I don’t care if you work in “healthcare” or not, you’re full of $hit! The process doesn’t work that way. The idea that money buys body parts is strictly fiction. It may happen on TV or in the movies, but not in the realy world where I live.

      • BROCKstrong

        Dear Donna and Boof, I am sorry that you don’t understand money, power, and influence. I watched my son turn 21 in the ICU waiting for a liver. One week later he died. Honest doctors will tell you on the side that major “celebrity” hospitals will take the majority of the livers. Often a lower grade liver will be given to a moderately sick patient to raise their MELD score in order to qualify for a higher grade liver. (Say David Crosby). I love the music of both Allman and Crosby but to suggest that they were treated by the same rules as my son is an outrage. My son never touched alcohol or drugs his entire life and spent much of his strength trying to keep others away from these drugs, sadly an autoimmune disease isn’t placed in front of self abusers with money and influence.

    • Jen40

      First, the money makes it easier because they don’t have to worry about fighting with the insurance companies so, in a way, they do manage to get things done faster. Second..get your facts straight before you yell about the poor being “covered in spades”..Medicare does not cover the poor. Medicare is for disabled and retired persons. MediCAID is what covers the poor and they are the hardest of all to get approval from for transplants. 20 years of healthcare experience tells me so.

      • Outrage

        You are correct… sorry, mental glitch. It’s Medicaid.

        Medicaid and freebies do cover them, and your tax dollars cover hundreds of thousands of illegal alien medical tourists getting free healthcare that you and your mother can’t and won’t get.

      • Outrage

        Most of that difficulty in approval is worry about whether the recipient will do all of the necessary follow-up care after a transplant. The funding is there for them to receive it though… but not for the average middle class citizen…

      • Jen40

        Not true Outrage…The problem with getting medicaid approval for transplants is because 1-they refuse to pay the cost of the donated organ itself (don’t fool yourself into thinking that those donated organs don’t cost the hospital..a LOT), plus, Medicaid does not cover 80% of the anti-rejection drugs needed after the transplant so the part about the follow up care included the drugs needed and Medicaid knows they won’t pay, the patient is unable to pay and they sit back and hope the patient will die before all of the red tape is dealt with.

    • Boof

      Got to agree with the Hater. You’re a tool dude.

      • Boof

        that was meant for Outrage. A major tool!

    • TheProfessor69

      …It was plain that he has been on the waiting list since 2007 , if people like you did not jump to such wrong and misguided comments this world might be a little nicer place, I hope you have a good day and maybe you just overlooked the part that said he was clean and sober and had been on the waiting list for several years.

    • zulacollins

      Who are you to be so full of Hate? Look Hater my son didn’t get a liver transplant . His bile ducts weren’t developed and he was a newborn diagnosed with biliary atreasia. He (Jessie James) had numerous surgeries before he was four months old and would be 24 this year,but my son is not in pain and was ready to go to his new home. I don’t understand why,how could this happen but it did so quit mouthin’ people that make it. Happy for all that has and keep rockin Allman,and missin you Jessie James!! Haters need to really look in the mirror.I’ve always been told there’s a reason for everything. SO GET OFF HIS BACK,IT TAKES TIME TO HEAL.!!!!!

      • BROCKstrong

        I am so sorry for your loss. My son turned 21 in the ICU just one week before he died waiting for a liver. There are so many things unfair about this entire thing. Sharing helps, thank you.

    • Tony

      You obviously have no understanding of this disease. You’re a repeater, you repeat the lies and propaganda that you’ve gullibly accepted without a moment’s critical thought. Allman would have paid through the nose for his new liver and the follow up treatment, he can afford it, good luck to him. Don’t be so full of hate it hurts you more than anyone.

  • Carlie

    So glad to hear you are doing fine Gregg!

    I have been a life-long fan of yours since the Fillmore days with your angel-bro Duane, Dickie Betts and the rest of the wonderful musicians that we all have been privileged to witness grow into one of the finest group of musicians still playing together. You and your band played one of the finest R&R concerts I have ever seen and heard back in SanFran in 1969. Unbeievably, I again witnessed the magic a few years ago, and once again ya’ll put on one of the finest and the longest concerts I have ever witnessed. At one point there were 3 drummers and their sets up on stage playing their hearts out! No one was in their seats, it was just a mass of happy humanity swaying and dancing and loving every minute of it!

    So glad you are leading a clean life now my friend, you bring so much joy to so many. Long may you rock! Love, Carlie

  • Launa

    He is still one sexy dude!!!

    • Outrage

      Not once the anti-rejection drugs kick-in… and the Hep C comes back.

  • Dave Undis

    Greg Allman was very lucky to get a liver transplant. Over half of the 108,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 9,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage — give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t prepared to share the gift of life should go to the back of the transplant waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

  • sullinsea

    “I’ll Be Holding On” from the “Black Rain” soundtrack.

  • audrey heath

    Great job keep on truckin.

  • Susan McLain

    Gregg, we love you. You are a wonderful person inside, and I thank you for giving us you music.

  • susan mullen addison

    Greg, I,m so glade it all turn out so well for you from an old friend from Gainsville. I too have been batting with Hep C for 5 or 6 years but my number is not there for to be put on the transplant list yet
    susan 1969 or 1970’s

  • faye

    i just want to say i am praying for gregg. i hope he gets well very soon and appreciates the 2nd chance he is getting. God bless.

  • paulvi

    if duane and the other member of the motorcycle accident way back did not die they will still be kicking now
    sorry that they both die in that accident

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