The Music Lives On: Dangerous Dan Toler

Long-time fans of the Allman Brothers were saddened to learn Feb. 27 that former guitarist Dan Toler died at the age of 65. Dan and his brother David “Frankie” Toler, a drummer, were involved with a number of bands over the years, including the Allman Brothers from 1979 to 1982. Contact Music shared the details on Toler’s passing.

Dan Toler died after a struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which he first announced in 2011. In addition to the Allman Brothers, Toler played with Dickey Betts & Great Southern. The Washington Post notes that Dan Toler is originally from Indiana, and he joined the Allman Brothers in 1979. In 1982 he and his brother joined The Gregg Allman band. They toured with the band and were part of the gold album “I’m No Angel.” The brothers also created the Townsend Toler Band later on, and Dan also was part of The Renegades of Southern Rock.

Dan Toler died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in his sleep on Monday at his Sarasota, Fla. home. Toler’s website notes that he is survived by his wife Debbie and daughter Danielle Franz.

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