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Passings: Dan Toler of the Allman Brothers Band (1948 - 2013)

Dan Toler, one time member of the Allman Brothers Band, has lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease) at the age of 65.

The following statement was posted on his official Facebook on Monday:
It is with great regret and sadnesss that our dear friend and loved one, Dan Toler, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. Future service to be announced. Please keep Debbie and the family in your prayers. We would also ask at this time that you would respect the family's privacy. The Toler family thanks you for all your love and support.
Toler took up the guitar at the age of 12 and was influenced as a teen by Chet Atkins, Lonnie Mack and R&B music.

After a stint with a local band, he joined The Melting Pot Band in 1969 which recorded for Capricorn Records. Six years later, while playing at local bars in St. Petersburg, FL, he and two fellow musicians got a call from Dickey Betts who was forming his new band, Great Southern. After auditioning, he got the gig and recorded two albums with the band, Dangerous and Atlanta's Buring Down before getting the chance to audition for the reforming Allman Brothers.

Toler joined the Allmans in 1978 and, the next year, they released Enlightened Rogue, the band's last album for Capricorn. Dans brother, David (Frankie) joined the band in 1980 and they recorded two more albums (Reach For the Sky, Brothers On the Road) for Arista before once again breaking up.

Gregg Allman and the Toler Brothers almost immediately formed the Gregg Allman Band but it took them five years before completing their first album, I'm No Angel (1987) followed quickly by Just Before the Bullets Fly (1988).

When Allman decided to reunite the Brothers, the Toler Brothers decided to strike out on their own and Dan played in a number of different projects both rock and jazz fusion. In the early 90's, the brothers and John Townsend (Sanford-Townsend) formed the Townsend Toler Band and later the Renegades of Southern Rock. Late in his career, he was back with Townsend in the Toler/Townsend Band and, in 2011, formed the Toler-Tucci Band whose only album, Doc's Hideaway, was released last November.


Unknown said…
So sad to hear about Dan's death, his wife Debbie is an adorable lady
Unknown said…
So sad to hear about Dan's death, his wife Debbie is an adorable lady