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Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers Guitarist, Dies at 80


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Chris Morris

Apr. 18 2024

Dickey Betts, whose country-inflected songwriting and blazing, lyrical guitar work opposite Duane Allman in the Allman Brothers Band helped define the Southern rock genre of the ‘60s and ‘70s, died Thursday in Osprey, Fla. He was 80.

His family posted a statement on Instagram, writing, “It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announce the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) at the age of 80 years old. The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader and family patriarch passed away earlier today at his home in Osprey, FL., surrounded by his family. Dickey was larger than life, and his loss will be felt world-wide.”


In 1969, Betts and bassist Berry Oakley of the Florida band the Second Coming joined members of two other Sunshine State groups — guitarist Duane Allman and his keyboard-playing brother Gregg of the Hour Glass and drummer Butch Trucks of the 31st of February – and Mississippi-born drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson in a new unit that ultimately based itself in Macon, Ga.




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Personnel: Gregg Allman - organ, vocals

Duane Allman - guitar, vocals

Dickey Betts - guitar, vocals

Berry Oakley - bass, vocals

Butch Trucks - drums

Jai Johanny Johanson - drums

Tom Doucette - harp


Maybe not THE greatest Rock & Roll Band...But Right Up There.

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