Dickey Betts

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Dickey Betts

American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band add

Category: Music

Born in 1943.

Countries: United States (62%), California (15%), Florida (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes

Linked to: Alembic Inc




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Dickey Betts was born in 1943 add something


He used a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, calling it "Goldie" add something


Betts can be seen playing a Cherry Red 1961 Gibson ES-335 add something


In the early days of the Allman Brothers, Betts played a 1961 Gibson SG, given to Duane Allman in 1971 to use as an all-slide guitar add something


At sixteen and feeling the need for something "a little faster", he played in a series of rock bands on the Florida circuit, up the East Coast and into the midwest before forming the Second Coming with Berry Oakley in 1967 add something


In 1969, Duane Allman had parlayed success as a session player into a contract with former Otis Redding manager Phil Walden add something


Berry Oakley - He was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with guitarist Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, who was the band's vocalist and keyboardist, Dickey Betts on co-lead guitar, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, both on drums, congas, and the band's percussionist


Butch Trucks - Trucks helped form The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with Duane Allman , Gregg Allman , Dickey Betts , Berry Oakley , and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson


Jai Johanny Johanson - After joining up with Duane Allman in February 1969, he quickly became the first recruit into Allman's new group, soon joined by bassist Berry Oakley, fellow drummer Butch Trucks, guitarist Dickey Betts and lastly Allman's younger brother, singer, organist and pianist Gregg Allman


After the death of Duane Allman in late 1971, Betts became the band's sole guitarist and took on a greater singing and leadership role add something


"Jessica" was inspired by his daughter, Jessica Betts, born on May 14, 1972 to Betts' third wife, Sandy Bluesky Wabegijig, a Native American whom Betts married in 1973 add something


Betts's first solo album, "Highway Call", was released in 1974, and featured the late fiddle player Vassar Clements add something


In 1974 Betts procured an ALEMBIC custom guitar inlaid with his name "Richard Betts" up the fretboard add something


The pair was divorced in 1975 and Betts married Paulette, a close friend and personal assistant of entertainer Cher add something


After the Allmans fell apart in 1976, Betts released more albums, starting with "Dickey Betts & Great Southern" in 1977, which featured the hit "Bougainvillea", co-written with future Hollywood star Don Johnson add something


In 1978 he released an album entitled "Atlanta's Burning Down" add something


Don Johnson - Previously, Johnson worked with Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" with Dickie Betts, which appeared on their 1979 album, "Enlightened Rogues"


Several albums would follow with various personnel changes until steadily declining record and concert ticket sales and tensions around management issues led the group to again disband in 1982 add something


Warren Haynes - Around 1987, Haynes got a call to perform back up vocals on a studio album by Dickey Betts, along with Dennis Robbins


Warren Haynes - With Matt Abts on drums and Johnny Neel on keyboards the now formed Dickey Betts Band released the 1988 album "Pattern Disruptive"


Betts returned to his solo career, performing live at smaller venues and releasing the album Pattern Disruptive in 1989 add something


When a one-off reunion tour was proposed in support of the ABB "Dreams" box set released in 1989 to commemorate the bands 20th anniversary, Betts' solo band again supplied the ABB's other guitarist, this time slide guitar master Warren Haynes add something


This band lineup went on to release three acclaimed studio albums between 1990 and 1994 add something


Haynes and ABB bassist Allen Woody formed Gov't Mule with former Dickey Betts Band drummer Matt Abts as a side project in 1994 and left the Allman Brothers for Gov't Mule full-time in 1997 add something


While remaining active as a touring band, they failed to release an album of new studio material after 1994's "Where It All Begins" until 2003's "Hittin' the Note add something


He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and won with the band a best rock performance Grammy award for his instrumental "Jessica" in 1996 add something


Betts re-formed the Dickey Betts Band in 2000 and toured that summer add something


Betts was temporarily replaced for the 2000 tour by Jimmy Herring, formerly of the Aquarium Rescue Unit add something


Things reached a breaking point when the remaining original ABB members, Allman, Trucks and Jaimoe, suspended Betts prior to the launch of the band's Summer Campaign Tour 2000 add something


Jai Johanny Johanson - However, he watched Dickey Betts' acrimonious departure in 2000, which was ultimately to be replaced by a returning Warren Haynes


In 2005 Betts released the DVD "Live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" add something


As of April 2009, Betts is using a red Fender Telecaster with a pearloid pickguard add something


Betts announced that a December 17, 2009 performance in New York City, on his 66th birthday and at the site of many of his greatest achievements, would be his last touring date add something


As of 2015, he is living in Sarasota, Florida add something


As of 2017, Betts and his wife reside in Osprey, Florida add something


In august 2018 Betts suffered a mild stroke and had to cancel upcoming tour dates with his Dickey Betts Band, which includes his son, Duane Betts add something


Surgery was planned for September 20, 2018 add something