In Memoriam: Dan Toler

Dan Toler

“Dangerous” Dan Toler, guitarist for both the Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman’s band, died yesterday after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the age of 65. Toler spent most of the ’70s playing guitar for Dicky Betts and Great Southern. In 1979, both Betts and Toler joined the Allman Brothers band, where Toler would play for three albums over three years. In the early ’80s, Toler left the Allman Brothers Band with vocalist and keyboardist, Gregg Allman, to work on Gregg’s solo career. Toler was the guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band’s greatest success, the 1986 album I’m No Angel. He played with Gregg’s band for three years as well before leaving for other experimental guitar work in both the band Great Southern and other jazz and fusion-influenced endeavors.

Upon the death, in 2011, of Toler’s brother, David “Frankie” Toler–also a musician and force behind the Allman Brothers late ’70s/early ’80s revival–Dan Toler revealed his ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and continued to try and play until the past few months when Toler was unable to not only play guitar, but speak or move his arms. Below is a video of Toler playing with the Allman Brothers in Gainesville in 1982 as well as a video for Gregg Allman’s biggest hit, “I’m No Angel” on which Toler played guitar.

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