Kobalt reached a deal with the Gregg Allman estate to administer his songwriting catalog globally, the company announced today (Jan. 31). The agreement will cover Allman’s entire body of work, including his solo efforts and the songs he wrote as a member of the Allman Brothers Band.
Allman, known as one of the greatest blues and Southern rock singers of all time, wrote a majority of the songs on the Allman Brothers’ first few albums, including “Whippin’ Post,” “Dreams,” “It’s Not My Cross To Bear,” “Midnight Rider,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” and “Melissa,” among others. (On the band’s later albums, he often shared songwriting duties with guitarist and vocalist Dickey Betts.) His version of “Midnight Rider,” from his 1973 debut solo album Laid Back, became his highest-charting hit, reaching No. 19 on the Hot 100, while “I’m No Angel,” from the 1987 album of the same name, reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
Previously, Allman’s catalog was handled in-house in the United States, and with some sub-publishers in major territories beyond the U.S. This deal marks the first time Allman’s works will be handled on a worldwide basis, according to a press release.
"Gregg and The Allman Brothers Band legacy is rich with great music that should be recognized for music generations to come," Kobalt’s executive vp business development Merril Wasserman-Serling said in a statement. "His iconic catalog transcends time and many music categories. Our global creative and sync team will breathe new life into these songs from decades ago, to be heard by new and old fans alike around the world."
Allman formed the Allman Brothers with — who else? — his brother, Duane, as well as Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johnny "Jaimoe" Johanson in 1969, and the band forged on in different incarnations until calling it quits in 2014. The band released a dozen studio albums over the years and a half-dozen official live albums, including the iconic At Fillmore East from 1971, in addition to several more officially-released live bootlegs, many of which covered the group’s heyday in the early 1970s.
Gregg Allman died May 27, 2017 of complications from liver cancer at the age of 69. In 2012, he released a memoir, called My Cross To Bear, and received a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys the same year.
"Gregg Allman's fans have a deep and personal connection to the man that goes beyond the music and right to the heart of who Allman was as a person," said Kobalt senior vp commercial synch Keith D’Arcy in a statement. “He was, as the song says, ‘no angel,’ but through all his ups and downs he stayed true to himself, his family, his band and to those dedicated fans. The music supervision community is no different. We will endeavor to find and foster the music supervisor fans and to make new converts, as we market not only his songs but the stories, the passion and the honesty that defined his remarkable life in music.”