- Gregg Allman
Allman and Woman was a collaboration by then spouses Gregg Allman and Cher. Two the Hard Way was the only album released by the couple in November of 1977.
They were married on June 30, 1975, only days after Cher's divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized. Their son Elijah Blue Allman (of the band Deadsy) was born on July 10, 1976.
The product of the two singers' unlikely and turbulent relationship and marriage, Allman and Woman attempted an even more unlikely musical melding of Allman's Southern rock with Cher's idiosyncratic, personality-driven pop. The uncharacteristically airblown cover notwithstanding, Allman's musical ideas and singing generally took the lead.
The album was not well-received; the 1979 Rolling Stone Record Guide said "It's hard to imagine a more inappropriate combination … It's the bottom of the barrel after a long fall for Gregg, and more of the same for Cher," and rated the album "Worthless". Two the Hard Way was not a commercial success either; by the time the 1983 edition of the same guide had come out, the album was out of print. The album has never been released on CD or iTunes. According to Billboard, Cher owned this album's master right and Warner had no right to reissue.
To promote the release of the album Cher and Allman played a mini tour called the Two the Hard Way Tour. However, the tour led to the final breakup of the couple. While pre-tour publicity had emphasized that Gregg Allman was free from drug and alcohol problems, Cher discovered during the tour that Gregg Allman's drinking had returned, and once the tour was complete, she told him that their marriage finally was done for good.
They separated after two years of marriage and finalized their divorce in 1979.
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