Gregg Allman left behind five children with different mothers, and four of his children are musicians, including Elijah Blue and Devon Allman.
Gregg Allman, described by Variety as a “Southern rock pioneer,” died at age 69 on May 27. He was part of the iconic Allman Brothers band. The cause of death is not yet known, although he had struggled with a series of health issues.
Allman left behind myriad children with many women, and most of them have continued his musical legacy. Elijah Blue is his only child with Cher. However, many of Allman’s children have also struggled with parental abandonment issues over the years.
It’s a talented tribe.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Gregg Allman’s Son With Cher, Elijah Blue, Has Spoken Openly About His Family
Elijah Blue Allman is the son of Cher and Gregg Allman. In 2014, Elijah Blue Allman gave a raw interview about what it was like growing up the son of famous parents.
He described being shuttled off to boarding schools and feeling shunned as a child, reported ETOnline. “When you go to boarding school at 7 years old, it’s kind of hard to feel like you’re not being shunned,” Elijah Blue told the entertainment site.
He added: “But I’m at an age where I’m making peace with it because you just have to. But I still…it doesn’t mean it’s right. It’s still wrong to do that.”
Elijah Blue also described buying drugs in New York at the age of 11 when he came home to visit his parents, according to ETOnline. He said in the searing interview that he had struggled with addiction, including heroin, to escape his past, US Magazine reported. He’s been sober since 2008, the magazine reported.
He also inherited musical talent, however. He is known professionally as P. Exeter Blue and is a member of the goth rock band, Deadsy. Elijah was born on July 10, 1976 in Beverly Hills.
2. Allman’s Son, Devon, Is a Musician Who Founded the Band, Honeytribe
Elijah Blue is not the only of Gregg Allman’s sons to make a name for himself in music.
All Music describes Gregg Allman’s son, Devon Allman, as “a skilled guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter. He founded Honeytribe, is co-leader of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and a solo artist.”
According to the Herald Palladium, Gregg Allman was absent in much of Devon’s childhood. Gregg Allman “divorced Devon’s mother when Devon was an infant,” the newspaper reported. “The younger Allman reconnected with his father in his teens and has remained bonded since, even sharing stages with their respective bands.”
Growing up with an absentee father made Devon a better father to his own son, the newspaper reported. “When my dad got out there and got kicking, it was a totally different world, full of all kinds of illegal substances and insanities,” Devon told the newspaper. “That is a big reason why I didn’t grow up with a father figure in my life, you know. I wanted to make sure that my son did grow up with that.”
3. Allman Left Behind Five Children With Different Mothers
According to Daily Variety, Gregg Allman was married and divorced six times.
“Allman is survived by three sons and two daughters, all by different mothers. Four of the children are professional musicians,” reports Variety.
In 2012, Gregg Allman, then 64, announced his engagement to 24-year-old Shannon Williams.
According to ABC 7, Allman’s children are Michael Sean Allman, with former waitress Mary Lynn Green; Devon Allman, with ex-wife Shelley Kay Winters; Elijah Blue, from his marriage to Cher; daughter Delilah Island Allman, with ex-wife Julie Bindas; and daughter Layla Brooklyn Allman, with girlfriend Shelby Blackburn.
4. Layla Brooklyn Allman, Allman’s Daughter, Also Fronts a Band
It’s not only Allman’s sons who are musically inclined. His daughter, Layla Brooklyn Allman, is also a musician.
Layla’s band, Picture Me Broken, was described as a “soul shattering band…about to release their new four song EP Mannequins on December 18th,” according to Rock Revolution in 2012.
“They are kicking the music industry in the teeth and taking names like no other,” the site reported. “Obviously no stranger to the music scene, Brooklyn is not only beautiful (she was nominated in 2012 as one of the ‘Hottest Chicks in Metal’) but more importantly she and her band are convincing fans by the droves worldwide that they are a force to be reckoned with.”
The band “gained fame after opening for Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson on their 2013 Masters of Madness tour.” Her mother was a radio journalist, according to ABC 7.
5. Gregg Allman’s Son Michael Sean Allman Resembled Him & Has Gregg Allman’s Face Tattooed Over His Heart
Allman’s children Michael Sean Allman and Delilah Island Allman are less well known, but Michael is also giving music a try.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Michael Allman, in 2013, was 46 and “looks and sounds almost identical to legendary rocker Gregg Allman, but the son is determined to cut a path of his own — through the New Port Richey nightlife scene, of all places.”
The newspaper reported that Gregg Allman’s face “is tattooed over his heart with fingers that spell out ‘it is what it is.’”
Michael, too, spoke of surviving abandonment by his father. “He was born July 3, 1966, to go-go dancer Mary Lynn Sutton, who met Gregg Allman at a Maitland discotheque. Her parents — a bank president and a librarian — ran Gregg Allman out of town upon learning about the pregnancy,” reported the Florida newspaper.