Dickey Betts Biography

12 December 1943, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Formerly with Tommy Roe’s Romans, this exceptional guitarist was also a member of the Second Coming, a Jacksonville group that featured bass player Berry Oakley. Both musicians joined the Allman Brothers Band at its inception in 1969 and Betts’ melodic lines provided the foil and support for leader Duane Allman’s inventive slide soloing. Allman’s tragic death in 1971 allowed Betts to come forward, a responsibility he shouldered admirably on the band’s excellent Brothers And Sisters. The country flavour prevalent on several of the tracks, most notably ‘Ramblin’ Man’, set the tone for Betts’ solo career. Highway Call was released in 1974 but its promise was overshadowed by the parent band’s own recordings. Betts formed a new unit, Great Southern, in 1976, but their progress faltered when the guitarist was drawn into the resurrected Allman Brothers Band fold. In 1981, Betts formed BHLT with Jimmy Hall (from Wet Willie), Chuck Leavell, Butch Trucks and David Goldflies, but they too were doomed to a premature collapse and the guitarist withdrew from active work. However, in the late 80s Betts was signed to Epic, the outlet for whom Gregg Allman was recording, prompting rumours of a reunion, and Betts was indeed part of the 1989 re-formation of the Allman Brothers. He was sacked in 2000 and released a new solo album the following year.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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