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Former Allman Drummer David Toller – Dead At 59

BRADENTON, FL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — David "Frankie" Toler, formerly a drummer for the Allman Brothers, died on June 4th after a long battle with illness. He was 59.

Frankie came to national attention in the 1970s when he appeared on Dickey Betts & Great Southern’s album, Atlanta's Burning Down, and he toured extensively with the band. Later, Frankie joined The Allman Brothers Band as their drummer, appearing on their album, "Brothers of the Road" and touring extensively with the band. Toler also was the drummer for two of Gregg Allman's solo albums.

Frankie also played and toured with The Marshall Tucker Band from 1992-1994 and he played on their album, Walk Outside The Line. Frankie, along with his brother Dan, recorded two albums as The Toler Brothers Band and together they toured throughout the country in the early 90s. In 2005, Frankie recorded an album with the ensemble of Southern Rock all-stars as the Renegades of Southern Rock; and in 2009 Frankie played drums on the Toler/Townsend Band’s self-titled first album.

Frankie Toler’s brother, Dan Toler, who was the lead guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band, the Gregg Allman Band and Dickey Betts Great Southern Band, said of his younger brother, "Frankie was absolutely the best drummer I have ever played with in my entire life. He was a part of my life for the past 60 years and to lose him now is just devastating. But I did have the opportunity to grow up with one of the best rock and roll drummers in the world and it was truly a gift from God. I was blessed to have known him." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers