Watch Gregg Allman and Jackson Browne Perform “Melissa” Live
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Gregg Allman, the lead singer and guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, was a legend in his own right and widely regarded as one of the forefathers of Southern rock. For this reason, it’s not surprising that a who’s who of musicians, from Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks to Jackson Browne, came out in force to honor Gregg’s almost 60-year musical history with All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman.
The night was marked by covers of some of Gregg’s biggest hits with the Allman Brothers Band, but it was his duet with friend Jackson Browne on “Melissa” that stole the show. Gregg’s voice, despite the passage of time, still has that strong and powerful vibe to it that still brings us the same comfort it did back in the day. Moreover, Jackson’s acoustic guitar accompaniment and his sharing a verse or two add gentleness to the song that balances out the grit and soul in the singer’s voice. It’s a noteworthy rendition of one of the Allman Brothers classics.
Gregg Allman and Jackson Browne have known one other since the late Sixties when Gregg and his brother Duane were at the helm of their band Hour Glass before becoming the Allman Brothers. Browne’s “Cast Off All of My Fears” was included on Hour Glass’ self-titled first album, while Allman reworked Jackson’s “These Days” for his 1973 solo LP, Laid Back. Browne also performed “Melissa” during the concert tribute for Gregg Allman back in 2017.