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RIP Dickey Betts


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Posted this yesterday over in vinyl record spinning.  Sad day for sure.

 

Well I was shocked yet not shocked when I heard of Richard Betts death from cancer earlier today.  That guy was something else.  He played anything handed to him and his fretwork was amazing.  Quiet yet always came up with something funny if you knew that grin of his.  

 

Ramblin Man?  He flat nailed it everytime I ever saw him play it.  It was just the way he rolled like the rest of the guys.  Southern rock?  The Allman Brothers were the words that rolled off so many tongues.  It's just another sad day.  Ugh  

 

Forrest Richard Betts¬†(December 12, 1943 ‚Äď 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,[1] 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".[2] 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. After 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 appeared 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[3] and also won a best rock performance Grammy Award with the band for "Jessica" in 1996.[4] 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.

 

His first solo lp from 1974 went down and cranked big time this afternoon.  :)

 

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Ya think he couldn't do it all?  Riiiiight, not a big hit but one of my favs.  

 

 

Here ya go  @JohnJ.  Put your feet up.  :)

 

 

God's speed brother!  RIP!

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I was away in the mountains, just found out.  Bummer.  I believe that leaves Jaimo as the last...

The Allman Brothers were one of my favorite bands in the 70's.

Don't take your family and friends for granted, it's all too fleeting.

RIP Richard.

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