Allman Brothers Band
Dan Toler may be gone, but his life and legacy will never be forgotten, forever encapsulated in the contributions he made to Rock and Roll.
The guitarist, who is best known for his time spent with the Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman’s solo band, died yesterday (February 25th) in Manatee County, FL at the age of 64 after a nearly two-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Ticket Sarasota that the disease had left the Toler unable to play his guitar, or even speak, for the past few months; a heartbreaking side-effect for the Classic Rock legend.
Over the decades, Toler, who was better known by friends and bandmates at “Dangerous Dan,” played on famous recordings such as the Allman Brothers’ Enlightened Rogues (1979), Reach the Sky (1980) and Brothers of the Road (1981).
And talent for music clearly ran in the Toler family, as his brother, drummer David “Frankie” Toler joined him on all of those ABB records, as well as on Gregg Allman’s I’m No Angel (1986) and Just Before the Bullets Fly (1988).
The Toler brothers were credited with helping the Allmans regain the spotlight in the late 70s and early 80s, having been recruited into the band by Dickey Betts after rocking with him in the Great Southern. The talented siblings continued to play together in several outfits, including their own Toler Bros. band, up until Frankie’s death in 2011.
Dan Toler is survived by his wife Debbie, as well as all of those he touched throughout his life.
Friend and former Gregg Allman bandmate Chaz Trippy said of Toler, “His ability to make people laugh and feel good and happy was amazing. That smile of his is just a force of life and, God, how he loved playing that guitar.”