Dickey Betts

Forrest Richard " Dickey " Betts ( born December 12, 1943 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American guitarist and rock musician.


The guitarist Richard " Dickey " Betts is one of the founding members of the U.S. Allman Brothers Band, which in the late 60's to the brothers Duane & Gregg Allman formed and their style ( blues-rock, jazz, country ) is known as Southern Rock. His best-known compositions in the Allman Brothers were a big hit, " Ramblin ' Man", who dedicated his daughter instrumental song " Jessica " and the ever- changing in many improvisations, longer instrumental " In Memory of Elizabeth Reed ". 1995 " Jessica " was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

The album Live at the Fillmore East (1971 ) is still regarded as a milestone of all live albums in rock music. Since the late 1990s, the bed is not a member of ABB's more, this had been communicated to him by fax. Since then he has pursued ( as it did in the 1970s ), his solo projects (including his own band Great Southern ).

Dickey Betts is on the list of 100 best guitarists of all time the American music magazine Rolling Stone Magazine on 58th.


In the early years of the Allman Brothers Band Betts often used a Gibson SG, the later mainly from the other guitarist Duane Allman slide guitar as used wurde.Trotzdem Betts came up today, especially as a longtime player a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop in appearance. This guitar he called " Goldie ". Bed was so fond of this guitar that he took it as good as ever with concert tours. There are few photographs from the 1970s, in which he does not play this guitar. Nevertheless, he later moved for a long time to PRS Guitars.Hierbei also played a role that did not feel appreciated as a longtime, famous users of the company Gibson enough bed. Today, however, the bed again plays Gibson Les Paul guitars, also because there are now two so-called Dickey Betts Signature guitars of the brand.

Discography ( Solo)



  • 2005 Dickey Betts & Great Southern
  • 2009 30 Years Of Southern Rock ( 1978-2008 ) 2 Rockpalast concerts