Gregg Allman doubted that he would ever reach the level of fame that he did. He made sure to create a back-up plan for himself in case music didn't work out for him. If he wasn't playing at The Tower Theater on April 1, then he might have been....
....a dental surgeon.
It's true. According to the book One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul, Gregg had been accepted to a college in Louisiana to begin dental school.
Here's an excerpt from the book:
I'd say, 'We're never gonna make enough playing music to pay the rent.' The Beatles had just come out and everybody had a band, so there was a lot of good competition out there. I wanted to finish school and become a dentist; I had my goal set to be a dental surgeon. And I was already accepted to college in Louisiana, so I figured I had that to fall back on. I graduated high school and thought, 'I'll give it a year. I'll go out and play these clubs and then I'll go on to college.' But after a year, I was so far in debt from trying to buy amps and guitars and everything else, that I had to do another year.