Thread: Happy B-Day Dickey Betts

adhill58 - 12/12/2019 at 03:04 PM

Today is Forrest Richard Betts' 76th birthday.


Hope it is a good one for him.


Stephen - 12/12/2019 at 03:32 PM

Happy Birthday Dickey!
The Woodrose Ballroom, S. Deerfield, Mass - that’s where you guys were on your 26th birthday - 2 nights there, then a third Dec 13 at nearby UMass Amherst & my brother in law, a student there & also a musician, recalls helping BO etc al unload the equipment truck

The band was really starting to roll - three-night run (Dec 4-6) at the Tea Party; Dec 9-10 Ungano’s NYC - then back to western mass for the Woodrose/UMass gigs
.....leading to the last week of 1969 & the ABB’s first jobs at the Fillmore
It must have been an exciting time for the band & a period you look back upon fondly

Thanks for all the tunes bro, enjoy your day


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Randall - 12/12/2019 at 03:51 PM

Yes, Happy Birthday to Dickey!


blackey - 12/12/2019 at 04:24 PM

Yes happy birthday to one of the most creative, melodic and exciting guitar players who developed his very own wonderful style. And a nice singer and a great song writer.

Would the Allman Brothers Band been as successful and exciting without Blue Sky, Jessica, Ramblin' Man, Southbound, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Revival, Crazy Love, True Gravity, Change My Way of Living, Seven Turns and on and on. I doubt it. Dickey Betts' contribution to the sound and success of the Allman Brothers is HUGE!!


blackey - 12/12/2019 at 04:39 PM

https://youtu.be/U9KaJk_iyjI


DICKEY BETTS hot solo at the Fillmore closing night. Nobody sounds like Dickey. Has a style all his own.

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blackey - 12/12/2019 at 05:09 PM

https://youtu.be/4hDy0iH4TcA

Dickey mixing it up with Jack Pearson in Oct 1997. On both breaks, Jack plays first and Dickey second. Jack sings. I have some photos from this show and Jack was playing a G & L Strat and Dickey a Fender Stratocaster. Dickey on my headphones is a little louder than Jack and slightly right of center.

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playallnite - 12/13/2019 at 12:54 AM

The part on Whipping Post from LAFE where he plays a "freres Jacques tease" is so friggin' cozmic, it is forever burned into my brain. Thank you Mr. Betts for that wonderful,priceless nugget of music. Happy Birthday to you!


gina - 12/13/2019 at 01:18 AM

Happy Birthday

Your legacy is in all of us. We've loved it all through the years even with everything we've all been through your music will always bring smiles to us. A star ain't nothing but a light in the sky, your light is brighter than that. Thank you and don't you dare stop playin' that guitar the road ain't over yet.


Fretsman - 12/13/2019 at 02:20 AM

Happy Birthday to the Cat in The Hat, The one and only, I've been digging a load of DB/ABB related stuff. Disc 3 of that new 4CD Fillmore release has some GREAT Dickey/Duane interplay, Smokin' Stuff.

I dug deep into some vid's too, Here's a clip from Central Park West in NYC in '14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viTaFL86iio


rainy - 12/13/2019 at 03:38 AM

I hope you had a wonderful Birthday and a Blue Sky day ....
Love you ...Thanks for giving us a part of you in the music you’ve made ... i feel lucky and blessed


Stephen - 12/13/2019 at 04:16 AM

RAINY, good as always to see your name on the boards - hope all is great/happy holidays & yep, Dickey is so top-dog - hope his day today was Super


blackey - 12/13/2019 at 12:35 PM

Playallnight. The guys in the band always said the tease of freres Jaques on Whipping Post as well as the lullaby passage in Dickey's solo were created on the fly. Dickey just put those in there and the rest of the Allman Brothers were right with him so much that in 1971 when I played the track the first time, I thought it was rehearsed. I hadn't noticed those passages live before but it's so slick I thought it was rehearsed. I was surprised to learn Dickey just went into those passages without warning. Then at the show where that was recorded, they went straight into Mountain Jam without stopping. I saw the original lineup do that a few times. About an hour of non stop music live. Butch and Jaimoe were iron men. After a 25 minute Whipping Post then segue into Mountain Jam as they get well into that smoking behind solos from Duane, Gregg and Dickey...they go into an uptempo long drum solo, then back to backing the other four until the end! BERRY OAKLEY, DICKEY BETTS, BUTCH TRUCKS, JAI JOHNNY JOHNSON, GREGG ALLMAN AND I'M DUANE ALLMAN. GOOD NIGHT!

That is what happens when 6 musicians had played over 400 shows together and all 6 were getting along and excited to be in the band. They could jump off the track and head down a different way and the other guys would go too.

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playallnite - 12/13/2019 at 04:26 PM

" BERRY OAKLEY, DICKEY BETTS, BUTCH TRUCKS, JAI JOHNNY JOHNSON, GREGG ALLMAN AND I'M DUANE ALLMAN. GOOD NIGHT!"
right after that Berry says" We all had a fine weekend"

What makes that tease even more magical to me was I was there for the 3/11/71 show.Back then my tape collection consisted of 2 first generation open reel tapes: 6/27/71 FE and WPLJ 8/?/71,both were FM broadcasts.Blackey I bellieve you first offered up Dickeys ,(we always called it) "Train Time Solo" from 6/27,just Dickey on fire with the drums,etc. WPLJ has another great "Train Time " solo as well.I think it's amazing that we still can recall the those wonderful nuggets after all theses years.


blackey - 12/13/2019 at 05:18 PM

Yes payallnight. I found the Dickey "train" solo from closing night on You Tube yesterday.

That originial lineup had so much energy and they would take a diversion from how a song is to be played at the drop of a hat. Duane had them inspired and fine tuned.

Yes Berry talks first after Mountain Jam. He also talks after Stormy Monday on Fillmore. "Brother Gregg Allman singing the blues. Duane, Dickey and......fade out. He actually said Duane, Dickey and Ace playing the blues. Tom Dowd removed Thom Doucette's harp solo so he had to cut Berry completely or fade there. Berry talked a lot live. More than Gregg and way more than Dickey. I remember him a few times asking the audience " Is everyone here tonight?"

I remember one of the magazines back in the 70's interviewing the guy who yells "Play All Night".I was at a Gov't Mule concert in 1998, Warren and Allen had left the Allman Brothers, and there was a soft place in the music and someone yelled "play all night" and Watren said " Where have I heard that before?".

I first saw the band in early 1970 and was hooked instantly. As strong as most of the later lineups were, the original band was the high water mark for me. They lost an energy and vibe when Duane died that never returned. In recent years Gregg and in another interview, Jaimoe said the same. I believe Butch felt the last lineup was the best. He said that in the mid 2000's but after the band stopped in 2014, Butch complained he knew what Warren and Derek were going to do before they did it. Butch just couldn't get them to take chances and jump into the deep end with no regard as to whether it would result in a train wreck and said as good as the musicians were in the last lineup, they were not as creative as the original. I don't know. God rest his soul but as I look back, it seems Butch would say things that were part of what he was mad about. In 1975 he said "You cant depend on Gregg Allman for anything". In 2005 the last lineup is the best band we've had and Dickey had held us hostage for years and we finally did what should have been done in 1972 and fired him ....to in 2015 criticizing the last lineup. I wish they would have done one more big tour so Butch could have gotten the IRS off his back. He worked his butt off for the ABB and seemed to have a back seat to those on the front line figuratively and literally. I think he became irritated that Dickey and Gregg made a couple million dollars off of a 1991 compilation album that sold over 2 million copies and Butch got nothing because only the writers scored by then on the old stuff. Then when Butch came up with areas he too could make additional money with the band, Dickey opposed it every time. Dickey said " I'm opposed to mixing Butch Truck personal business with Allman Brothers business. When Dickey was out of the way, Butch was able to get several business deals going that involved the band plus some that didnt. But some how he got him messed up with the IRS. When you are in business for yourself you have to pay taxes, withholding taxes and double social security and sales taxes ever quarter for they will ruin you with interest and penalties. 2,000 dollars of back taxes with interest and penalties suddenly becomes a 20,000 dollar tax bill. RIP Butch. You were the Freight Train engine of the band from 1969 to 2014.


Fretsman - 12/13/2019 at 06:55 PM

I've been enjoying the long jams. I love the natural sound of Dickey & Great Southern. Less mechanical than later ABB versions. They had a vibe that was truer to the original sound. I've been playing the heck out of the new Fillmore shows, I thought I'd be bored with multiple versions of the same extended songs but I'm seeing the sound through different memories.

Here's another DB & GS from just 5 years ago. It's IMOER. Dickey never abused the volume swells and upper fret taps and when he does it's just such a sweet spot. This band rocked. The one constant of the IMOER intro was those DB volume swells. It's an assortment of the little things that make the big things big.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWc4o5NWS1o

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fanfrom-71 - 12/13/2019 at 09:26 PM

Thanks for the videos, Fretsman. Good stuff.
Happy birthday bra Dickey!


fanfrom-71 - 12/13/2019 at 09:28 PM

Oh, and hey Rainy!
Hope all is well your way.


Fretsman - 12/14/2019 at 06:16 PM

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Thanks for the videos, Fretsman. Good stuff.
Happy birthday bra Dickey!


I grin ear to ear seeing the crowd reaction on this vid'. "C'mon, Let's have a little fun, I love to hear you sing like that" (5:10)

Ramblin' Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYAH_7tTZw


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