Beginning with the Billboard 200 debut of his family band’s self-titled album in January 1970 until, most recently, an Allman Brothers live record that graced various album charts in April 2016, one has never been hard-pressed to find material from the singer and guitarist, who died Saturday (May 27) at age 69 at his home in Savannah, Georgia.
It all began with The Allman Brothers Band, the first release from the rock group that included Gregg, brother Duane and a lineup that remained intact from 1969 to 1972, including longtime guitarist Dickey Betts and drummer Butch Trucks, the latter of whom died earlier this year of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in West Palm Beach, Florida. The album debuted at No. 194 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Jan. 24, 1970, and eventually rose to a modest peak of No. 188 (March 7, 1970), spending just five weeks on the survey.
But the best was yet to come for the band, including a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 – 1973’s Brothers and Sisters, which ruled for five weeks beginning Sept. 8, 1973. It proved to be the group’s only leader on the chart in their storied history, though the band rattled off an additional three top 10s, all in the ‘70s: Eat a Peach (No. 4, April 29, 1972), Win, Lose or Draw (No. 5, Oct. 11, 1975) and Enlightened Rogues (No. 9, April 14, 1979).
Additionally, the group charted 10 titles on the Billboard Hot 100, though just three reached the top 40: “Ramblin Man,” the band’s biggest hit, at No. 2 (Oct. 13, 1973, kept off by Cher’s “Half-Breed”), plus “Crazy Love” (No. 29, May 5, 1979) and “Straight from the Heart” (No. 39, Sept. 19, 1981).
The Allman Brothers Band does have a No. 1 song to its credit, though: “Good Clean Fun,” the lead single from 1990’s Seven Turns, crowned the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart for a week in August 1990, after debuting at No. 6 just over a month prior.
Most recently, the band made an appearance on the Top Rock Albums chart dated April 23, 2016, at No. 34 with Live from A&R Studios -- a live LP recorded at New York’s A&R Studios on Aug. 26, 1971.
Meanwhile, Gregg Allman’s solo material also shone brightly on the Billboard charts. He first appeared on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 24, 1973, with debut solo effort Laid Back at No. 144. The set eventually rose to No. 13 (Feb. 2, 1974) and remained on the chart for 39 weeks.
That remained Allman’s best rank on the Billboard 200 for nearly four decades, until his most recent studio release, Low Country Blues, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the chart dated Feb. 5, 2011, selling 36,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music.
Allman also managed a No. 1 song on his own: 1987’s “I’m No Angel,” which led Mainstream Rock Songs for a week that March. He followed with a pair of No. 3s: “Anything Goes” later that May and “Can’t Get Over You” in August 1988.
1988 was a busy year for Allman, who also charted with his own Gregg Allman Band. The group peaked at No. 117 on the Billboard 200 with Just Before the Bullets Fly (Aug. 20, 1988) and at No. 17 on Mainstream Rock Songs (Oct. 29, 1988) with "Slip Away."
Low Country Blues yielded Allman’s final appearance to date on a Billboard airplay chart, too: “Just Another Rider,” which peaked on the Adult Alternative Songs chart dated April 16, 2011, at No. 27.
Allman was set to release Southern Blood, his seventh solo album, this year.