Southern rock guitar legend ‘Dangerous’ Dan Toler, 65, former member of the Allman Brothers and Dickey Betts & Great Southern and the Toler Brothers bands, once a resident of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 25 near his hometown of Sarasota, Fla.
Toler was diagnosed in 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
Since then, several star-studded benefits were held to help pay his medical bills and to raise awareness of the disease.
Best known as “Dangerous Dan” Toler and brother David “Frankie” Toler were living in Holmes Beach when they both got a start with Dickey Betts & Great Southern, playing then for an overflow crowd at the Oar House bar in Holmes Beach before recording the 1977 band-titled debut album and “Atlanta’s Burning Down” a year later.
When the Allman Brothers Band reformed in 1979 —Gregg Allman also lived then in Holmes Beach — the Tolers followed Betts into the band and stayed until 1982.
They went on the road with the Gregg Allman Band, recording the hit “I’m No Angel” and the album of the same name, as well as “Just Before the Bullets Fly.”
From there, Dan Toler went on to play in several southern rock and jazz-fusion projects. His last album was with the Toler/Townsend Band, which included John Townsend of the Sanford-Townsend Band.
Frankie Toler died June 4, 2011, at the age of 59 from complications following a liver transplant.
Services and arrangements were not yet announced.