Dickey Betts

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Dickey Betts
Betts at the Pistoia Blues Festival, Pistoia, Italy, July 2008
Betts at the Pistoia Blues Festival, Pistoia, Italy, July 2008
Background information
Birth nameForrest Richard Betts
Also known as
  • Dickey Betts
  • The Ramblin' Man
Born(1943-12-12)December 12, 1943
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
DiedApril 18, 2024(2024-04-18) (aged 80)
Osprey, Florida, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • guitarist
Years active1960–2021
Member ofDickey Betts Band
Formerly of

Forrest Richard Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) was an American guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer. He was best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. His career began working with Duane Allman.[1]

Betts was the writer and singer on the Allmans' hit single "Ramblin' Man". He also helped write "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jessica".

Betts died from cancer and COPD at his home in Osprey, Florida on April 18, 2024 at the age of 80.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Come and Go Blues: The Incredible Guitarists of the Allman Brothers". Archived from the original on January 26, 2010.
  2. Browne, David (April 18, 2024). "Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers Band Singer-Guitarist, Dead at 80". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 18, 2024. Retrieved April 18, 2024.
  3. "Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved April 18, 2024.