Goodbye Dickey Betts

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Hi WA Friends!

Just a brief post to commemorate the life of Dickey Betts, who passed away two days ago at the age of 80.

A Little History

Dickey Betts, born Forrest Richard Betts on December 12, 1943, in West Palm Beach, Florida, was an American rock and blues guitar player, best known for his role as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. His music career was known for his distinctive blend of rock, blues, country, and jazz.

In high school, I affectionately called him "Mr. Major Pentatonic" because he was so good at using that scale to create the guitar riffs that helped define the Southern Rock sound.

Dickey picked up the guitar at a young age, inspired by the country and western music that he was exposed to at home. He joined several bands during the 1960s, playing in the local Florida music scene, where he met Gregg and Duane Allman. This connection led to the formation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Dickey quickly became a pivotal figure in the band, known for his songwriting and lead guitar skills. He penned several of the band’s most iconic songs, including "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," which showcased his ability to fuse melodic country with electric blues and rock.

After the death of Duane Allman in 1971, Betts took on a larger role within the band, leading them through several successful albums throughout the 1970s. His leadership, however, was accompanied by tension and conflict, and in 2000, he left the group due to personal and professional disputes.

Beyond the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey also had a successful solo career and later formed Dickey Betts & Great Southern, where he continued to tour and record music that stayed true to his roots in Southern rock.

Equipment Used (For "WA gearheads" only Lol)

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  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop: Betts is famously known for using a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop during the early years of the Allman Brothers Band.
  • Gibson SG: Often used for its bright, piercing tone, especially in his later years.
  • Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars: Betts occasionally played PRS guitars, appreciating their versatility and sustain.


  • Marshall Amplifiers: Betts favored Marshall amps for much of his career for their robust and warm tube sound, which suited his melodic soloing style.
  • Fender Twin Reverb: Known for its clear, clean tones, the Twin Reverb was used frequently during studio sessions.


  • MXR Phase 90: A staple on Dickey's pedalboard, providing the swirling, lush soundscapes heard in many of his solos.
  • Ibanez Tube Screamer: Used to add a creamy distortion to his tone, enhancing his solos and fills.

Honors and Awards

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Dickey Betts' contributions to music have been widely recognized:

  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Allman Brothers Band in 1995.
  • Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song "Jessica" in 1996.
  • Betts has also received numerous accolades from music publications and was listed as one of the top "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine.


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Dickey Betts has an extensive discography that includes work with the Allman Brothers Band as well as his solo efforts and collaborations.

If you listen to just one album, I recommend "At Fillmore East" (1971). It's the album from which I stole most of my Southern Rock guitar licks way back in high school! Lol (Thanks, Dickey!). Check out the song "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" if you really want to hear what Dickey can do!

Allman Brothers Band:

  • "The Allman Brothers Band" (1969)
  • "Idlewild South" (1970)
  • "At Fillmore East" (1971) - The most popular album, known for its live improvisational quality and classic tracks.
  • "Eat a Peach" (1972)
  • "Brothers and Sisters" (1973)
  • "Win, Lose or Draw" (1975)
  • "Enlightened Rogues" (1979)
  • "Reach for the Sky" (1980)
  • "Brothers of the Road" (1981)

Solo and Great Southern:

  • "Highway Call" (1974)
  • "Dickey Betts & Great Southern" (1977)
  • "Atlanta's Burning Down" (1978)
  • "Pattern Disruptive" (1988)


  • "Let's Get Together" (2001)
  • "The Collectors #1" (2002)
  • "Instant Live: The Odeon" (2004)

Dickey passed away on April 18, 2024, at the age of 80. His death marked the end of an era for fans of the Southern rock genre and the Allman Brothers Band. His innovative guitar work continues to influence musicians and resonate with fans around the world.

I'll really miss Dickey! I'm only ten years younger than him, so I better get busy playing as much guitar as possible. Lol 😎

Goodbye, Dickey. ✨

Tell Me What You Think

Are you familiar with Dickey's work? If you've ever listened to the Allman Brothers Band, then you've probably heard his guitar playing. Let me know what you think in the comments, AND ...

Keep On Rockin' 🀘
Frank 🎸

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Recent Comments


Hey Frank,

You probably knew I would chime in on this one. Dickey was truly an icon in Southern Rock! I absolutely loved his style and his contributions to Rock and Roll!

RIP, Dickey Betts! You will definitely be missed!

Thanks, Frank!

Tim 🎼

Hi Tim

Yeah, I always look forward to reading your responses to my musical posts! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Keep on Rockin, 🀘
Frank 🎸

As DurhamDave said, he is Noodlesome...What a GREAT quote...Dickey would be rolling in the aisle and noodles..

It seems like a lot of musicians have been "biting the dust" lately. It feels like almost every day I am getting a notification about someone dying from the rock realm.

On a side note, my granddaughter is taking guitar lessons now. Maybe someday she will rank among the greats!


Hi Karin

Yeah, a lot of the musicians I started listening to in the β€˜60s and β€˜70s are well into their eighth decade of life now or older.

That’s great to hear about your granddaughter! Playing an instrumental is a crazy amount of fun! 😎

Frank 🎸

I guess it shows our age a bit! LOL

She love guitar. We started on acoustic but she prefers the electric one because it is easier on her fingers. She also plays piano and wants to learn how to play trumpet. She'll be a one girl band!

Take care, Frank!


Yeah, electric is typically easier to play than acoustic because the strings are thinner and closer to the frets.

Learning several instruments is a great advantage because it really helps with understanding music theory and develops the ear! πŸ‘πŸ‘

She loves it and has a natural talent.

That’s the perfect combo, Karin! 😎

I'm a huge Southern rock fan! It's sad to lose another great.

Hi Lisa

Yeah, it's unfortunate indeed, but luckily, great players keep coming.

We'll always remember Dickey by the wonderful music he gave us. 😎

Frank 🎸

It was sad to hear of his passing. His music was and still is a part of my favorites. This is a great tribute to one of the greatest. Nicely written and executed.

Thanks so much, James! πŸ™

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Dickey was a fabulous player. 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

You're welcome. and yes, he was a fabulous player. His tunes will continue to ring through many ears.

Sad news to hear about Frank... another true legend lost forever...

RIP Dickey


Yup, lots of great guitar players are saying goodbye, Nick!

Luckily, we still have all their recordings to enjoy and remember them by. 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

It seems like the end of a generation Frank and very few to take their places....

We will certainly be able to enjoy their recordings to remember them by for a while yet!

Rock On!


Yeah, Nick, I feel the same way.

Some of the newer guitar players are incredible, but I fear that AI will take away part of the β€œhuman element” in music and art.”

My recording studio is all digital but, as a hobbyist, I would never let AI write my music for me.

On a commercial level there is a tremendous amount of money to be made in music with AI. 😎

Frank 🀘🎸

This is certainly a downside to AI Frank....

I agree that there are many up and coming incredible guitar players out there, but....

Will there ever be another Jimi???


NOooooo! Lol πŸ˜†

Jimi was a one and done, Nick! ☹️

Frank 🀘🎸

Absolutely he was buddy!!

I'm going to listen to a bit of him right now as I'm alone!!


Haha, I’ll do the same, Nick, even though I played the Band Of Gypsies album this morning. πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Absolutely love the "Band of Gypsys" album Frank!

I'm just off to local kebab shop, and will stick it on for a bit when I return before I relax watching a film on the sofa with my pup!!

Enjoy a Rocking weekend buddy!


Sounds like a fabulous plan, Nick!πŸ‘πŸ‘

We are watching Kingsman II tonight.

Frank 🀘🎸

It was indeed Frank and I have been relaxing all day today here!

Kingsman... never heard of it!

I will have to check it out... after I get a bit of work done that is!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday my friend!


Hi Nick

There are two Kingsman movies, both about a secret organization that produces highly trained agents for international operations like assassination, etc.

Similar in many ways to the James Bond series and very much movies I think you would love! Lol 😎

Happy Sunday! πŸ₯³
Frank 🀘🎸

Definitely sounds like the type of movie I love Frank!

Just need to finish up a couple of things here, take my pup out for her last business trip of the day, then I will watch the first one!

Rock On buddy!


Let me know what you think, Nick, and enjoy! 😎

Frank 🀘🎸

Will do my friend!


I haven't heard the name "Allman Brothers" since my childhood, Frank!

I'm gonna spin through Dickey's discography and see if I recognize anything.

Appreciate the post, Frank! 🀘🎸
Isaiah πŸ™‚

Hi Isaiah

That's a great idea, and I'm sure you'll recognize a lot of tunes!

The Allman Brothers still tours from time to time. Derick Trucks and Warren Hayes, among others, have played guitar with the band.

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

RIP Dickey Betts!

I read about his death not too long ago!

He will be missed!

Great additional information too!

Jeff 🀠🀘🎸

Thanks, Jeff!

I've been listening to tons of Allman Brothers over the past two days. 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

You're welcome, Frank!

I've watched a few Allman Bros. videos too!

Rock on!

Jeff 🀘🎸

Haha, that's great, Jeff! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Frank 🀘🎸

Thanks, Frank!

Memories from my childhood.


Nice! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸŽΈ

You bet, Frank! 😎🎸

RIP. I was wondering why I was seeing so many Instagram videos of him last night…….until I saw the RIP. Always loved his style

Yeah, it's sad but true, Steve.

Dickey was one of a kind! 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

RIP Dicky Betts.


Thanks for commenting, JD! πŸ‘

Be sure to listen to some of his music, if you're not familiar. 😎

Frank 🎸

Welcome, Frank.

The Allman Brothers were a great band. Always loved hearing them on the radio.


They’re still around and touring with various band members, JD, like Derek Trucks and Warren Hayes. 😎

Frank 🎸

Way Cool. Thanks for the heads up, Frank!


My pleasure, JD! 😎

Frank 🎸

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