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Dan Toler, 1948-2013

Fender is saddened by the Feb. 25 passing of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler, 65, at his home in southwestern Florida.

Toler is also known for his work in the Greg Allman Band and in Dickey Betts & Great Southern. He revealed in August 2011 that he was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), widely known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Born in Indiana in 1948, Toler was a longtime Florida resident and an accomplished guitarist who, along with his brother, drummer David Toler (1951-2011), helped revitalize the Allman Brothers Band lineup in the late 1970s.

Betts enlisted the Toler brothers for Great Southern before bringing them into the Allman Brothers Band for 1979 comeback album Enlightened Rogues. The Tolers also appeared on Allman Brothers Band albums Reach the Sky (1980) and Brothers of the Road (1981), and toured with the group. They then spent most of the rest of the 1980s in the Gregg Allman Band, touring extensively and appearing on 1986 gold album I’m No Angel.

Dan Toler rejoined Betts and Great Southern in 2002, remaining in that lineup for several years. He then played with the Townsend Toler Band, the Renegades of Southern Rock and, finally, the Toler-Tucci Band.

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