Friday, April 19, 2024

Dickey Betts R.I.P.


Dickey Betts R.I.P.

Forrest Richard Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer best known as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.

Early in his career, he collaborated with Duane Allman, introducing melodic twin guitar harmony and counterpoint which "rewrote the rules for how two rock guitarists can work together, completely scrapping the traditional rhythm/lead roles to stand toe to toe".[ Following Allman's death in 1971, Betts assumed sole lead guitar duties during the peak of the group's commercial success in the mid-1970s. Betts was the writer and singer on the Allmans' hit single "Ramblin' Man". He also gained renown for composing instrumentals, with one appearing on most of the group's albums, including "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jessica" (which was later used as the theme to Top Gear).

The band went through a hiatus in the late 1970s, during which time Betts, like many of the other band members, pursued a solo career and side projects under such names as Great Southern and The Dickey Betts Band. The Allman Brothers reformed in 1979, with Dan Toler taking the second guitar role alongside Betts. In 1982, they broke up a second time, during which time Betts formed the group Betts, Hall, Leavell and Trucks, which lasted until 1984. A third reformation occurred in 1989, with Warren Haynes now joining Betts on guitar.

Betts was ousted from the band in 2000 over a conflict regarding his continued drug and alcohol use; he never played with them again nor would he appear with other former band members for reunions or side projects. With the death of Betts in April 2024, Jaimoe is the last living founder of the Allman Brothers Band.

He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and also won a best rock performance Grammy Award with the band for "Jessica" in 1996. Betts was ranked No. 58 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in 2003, and No. 61 on the list published in 2011. (Wikipedia)






Track lists

Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Dickey Betts & Great Southern [1977]

01 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Out To Get Me 4:42

02 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Run Gypsy Run 3:27

03 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Sweet Virginia 3:43

04 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - The Way Love Goes 5:00

05 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Nothing You Can Do 5:03

06 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - California Blues 5:04

07 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Bougainvillea 7:12

Dickey Betts & Great Southern - The Collectors #1 [2002]

01 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Beyond The Pale 4:59

02 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Georgia On A Fast Train 6:31

03 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - One Step Bebop #2 6:40

04 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Tangled Up In Blue 8:06

05 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Steady Rollin' Man 3:39

06 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Change My Way Of Livin' #2 13:40

07 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - The Preacher 6:09

08 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Seven Turns #3 5:32

09 Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Willy And Po' Bob 5:31

Dickey Betts Band - Let's Get Together [2001]

01 Dickey Betts Band - Rave On 3:44

02 Dickey Betts Band - Let's All Get Together 4:41

03 Dickey Betts Band - Immortal 4:28

04 Dickey Betts Band - Tombstone Eyes 5:54

05 Dickey Betts Band - Here Come The Blues Again 7:41

06 Dickey Betts Band - One Stop Be-Bop 10:14

07 Dickey Betts Band - I Gotta Know 8:12

08 Dickey Betts Band - Call Me Anytime 4:43

09 Dickey Betts Band - Dona Maria 12:19

10 Dickey Betts Band - All For You 7:10

11 Dickey Betts Band - Sing While I'm Walkin' 6:41




  1. Thank you BB - I still remember the first time I heard Live at Fillmore East and being completely blown away - RIP Dickey

    1. Hi Dr Robert.
      That is a great album. I should listen to it again.

  2. Same here, The Allman Brothers Band are one of my favorite bands of the 70's, last night I was listening to a Live from 71 in NY, I didn't know about Dickie Betts... RIP Dickey

    1. Thanks, Patrick.
      It seems we will see a lot more artists. leave us over the next few year. We should thank them all.

    You were the "musical guest" at many get-togethers in the past...
    Mike M

  4. A big fan off all things Allman Brothers. Have a couple of Dickey Betts' albums, so pleased to have some more. Another sad lose.

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