Dan Toler, who played guitar with the Allman Brothers Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s, appearing on the “Enlightened Rogues” (1979), “Reach for the Sky” (1980) and “Brothers of the Road” (1981) albums, died on Feb.25, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida.. Toler played with the Gregg Allman Band for most of the 1980s after the Allmans went on hiatus in 1982 and also played with former Allmans guitarist Dickey Betts, who introduced him to the band, in Betts’ side project Great Southern in the 1970s. Toler was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” He was 64.
The Allman Brothers Band released the following statement on their website: “With deep sadness, the Allman Brothers Band marks the passing of guitarist “Dangerous” Dan Toler, following a valiant battle with ALS disease. Danny was an ABB member from 1978-1982 as well as the Gregg Allman Band from 1982-1989. He was a very talented guitarist with a gregarious personality. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest peacefully Brother Dan. The Allman Brothers Band.”