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Dickie Betts & The Allman Brothers: Jessica

 

DICKIE BETTS became famous as a Guitar Slinger when he was a founder of the Allman Brothers Band, and would compete with the late Duane Allman at every performance, driving each other father in search of the perfect break.

 

After Duane's death in 1971 (Motorcycle) Dickie played both guitar parts after an intense period of learning to play slide on his Gibson Les Paul Gold Top named,"Goldie." Over the years the Allman Brothers band would breakup for periods, Dickie would drop out occasionally ("Personal Reasons') until 2000 when the remaining 3 original members, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimo Fired Him By Fax, telling him to come back when he "Cleaned Up."

 

Although Dickie was able to get past some of his demons there was too much bad blood for him to return to the AB Band and he began his own, Dickie Betts and Great Southern. On tour they play hits that Dickie made with the Allman's, besides "Jessica," including "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Blue Sky." The Allman Brothers band with Dickie Betts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and Dickie won a 1996 Grammy for Best Rock Performance for his instrumental "Jessica."

 

Speaking of which here is a great looking and sounding video of Dickie Betts and Great Southern doing Live in Germany in 1978. @therealdonrocks 

 

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