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Dan Toler Dies: Allman Brothers Guitarist Was 65

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Dan Toler, who played guitar for the Allman Brothers, has died of complications from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 65 years old.

Toler played with the Allman Brothers through the ’70s and ’80s, then moved on to play with the Gregg Allman Band, enjoying several years of success with both. But when the disease struck, his ability to play guitar and even speak were compromised. Former bandmate Chaz Trippy remembers visiting Toler at the height of his illness and describes how his friend motioned to his guitar, then to his heart.

“He was telling me it was breaking his heart that he couldn’t play guitar,” Trippy said. “I didn’t cry in front of him but I sure did when I got back into my car.”

Toler’s illness was especially bad in the last two years; in 2011, he was confined to a wheelchair but still had use of his hands and could play guitar. Musician Bonnie Bramlett performed at the two-day Dan Toler ALS Support Benefit Concert Festival alongside him and remembers how strong he was through all the struggle.

“To see how Danny walked tall through that disease and play guitar so beautifully with his blue eyes burning that night. What a hero,” she said. “He really showed people how to live, and how to die. He really made you check yourself. What a great man and a great musician.”

Dan Toler Dies: Allman Brothers Guitarist Was 65
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  • E Robin

    RIP Dan… We will miss that excellent staccato and lead playing…!!! Now you are free to play ALL the licks you want without ANY physical hindrence.

  • hard

    How very very sad. Love both Greg Allman Band and The Allman Bros. This guy right next to Dickie Betts was one of the greatest things to ever happen to Southern Rock. If I could not play my guitar and piano I would be heart broken too. RIP Dan.

  • hard

    How very very sad. Love both Greg Allman Band and The Allman Bros. This guy right next to Dickie Betts was one of the greatest things to ever happen to Southern Rock. If I could not play my guitar and piano I would be heart broken too. RIP Dan.

  • Sherran Herman

    Very sad to hear of Dan’s passing. I just lost a very dear friend to this terrible disease. As with my friend’s death, the only thing positive I can say is you are no longer suffering. RIP from a fan who enjoyed your music so much and will still do so in the future via CDs. xxoo

  • glo

    This has got to be the most horrible disease of all,RIP in guitar heaven, you are in a far better place.

  • annie

    This is a terrible disease – my sister died of ALS over 15 years ago. She was 41 years old. Dan is in a much better place and not suffering anymore.

  • Bad Ronald

    There are some tunes ready to be played again for our enjoyment on YOUTUBE…..enjoy

  • pegasus9

    so sad… sigh. what a story, his playin’ ’til he could no more.
    so cinematic…it images i see of his pain, his eyes…his spirit.
    i saw him play i am sure, with Greg’s solo band in the 80′s and 90′s.
    if so, i remember his passion for playing. Greg’s show at a small joint in Texas 30 years ago still “feels” alive in my mind. it was that special of a show… thanks Danny… may your spirit play on.

  • Nolan Grace

    Have listen to the A/B and G/A/B from day one so to me the’ll live forever. RIP to all that has gone to the other side.

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