Friday, April 19, 2024

Dickey Betts & Great Southern : Live At Rockpalast 1978 (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024)


Forrest Richard Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) was an American guitarist, singer,

songwriter and composer best known as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. Early in his career, he collaborated with Duane Allman, introducing melodic twin guitar harmony and counterpoint which "rewrote the rules for how two rock guitarists can work together, completely scrapping the traditional rhythm/lead roles to stand toe to toe".
Following Allman's death in 1971, Betts assumed sole lead guitar duties during the peak of the group's

commercial success in the mid-1970s. Betts was the writer and singer on the Allmans' hit single "Ramblin' Man". He also gained renown for composing instrumentals, with one appearing on most of the group's albums, including "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jessica" (which was later used as the theme to Top Gear).

Calling Dickey Betts the second guitarist in the Allman Brothers Band -- right-hand man to Duane Allman and sparring partner with Warren Haynes in the group's latter-day revival -- does him a

disservice. Following Duane's death, Betts became co-captain with Gregg Allman, leading the group through ups and downs over the decades, all the while establishing the Allman Brothers Band as the preeminent Southern rock outfit. Betts also led Great Southern and the Dickey Betts Band during hiatuses from the Allmans.

In August 2018, Betts suffered a mild stroke and had to cancel upcoming tour dates with his Dickey Betts Band. He was in critical yet stable condition at a Florida hospital following an accident at his

home in Osprey, Florida. An operation was planned for September 20, 2018. He successfully underwent surgery to relieve swelling on his brain. In a statement posted on his website, Betts and his family said the "outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative."

Dickey Betts was ranked #58 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in 2003,

and #61 on the list published in 2011. Betts died from cancer and COPD at his home in Osprey, Florida, on April 18, 2024. He was 80.

Dickey Betts & Great Southern – Live At Rockpalast 1978


When Dickey Betts entered the stage at the second Rockpalast rocknight in 1978 another magic

moment in the long history of Rockpalast for decades was born. Dickey Betts, founding member of the ,,Allman Brothers Band", was sparkling with his delight in playing and fired his songs and guitar solos into the audience - millions of people on their screens all over Europe (many countries were connected with the ARD-Live-Show via Eurovision). Epic "Jessica" for example, a Dickey Betts written title, already successful with the Allman Brothers, or the southern rock classic "Ramblin' Man".  

Dickey Betts & Great Southern – Live At Rockpalast 1978
Label: MIG – MIG
Series: Live At Rockpalast 1978
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock
Style: Southern Rock



01.Run Gypsy Run   5:21
Written-By – J. L Cole, D. Betts, J. l. Paramore
02.You Can Have Her   5:46
Written-By – D. Betts
03.Leavin' Me Again   6:02
Written-By – T.D. Lee, D. Betts
04.Back On The Road Again   5:28
Written-By – B. R. Reynolds, D. Betts
05.In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed   11:32
Written-By – D. Betts
06.Good Time Feelin'   7:05
Written-By – D. Betts
07.Dealin' With The Devil   3:50
Written-By – B. R. Reynolds, D.L.Toler, D. Betts
08.Jessica   12:59
Written-By – D. Betts
09.High Falls (Incl. Drum Solo)   29:17
Written-By – D. Betts
10.Ramblin' Man   5:58
Written-By – D. Betts
11.If I Miss This Train / Rockpalast Jam   17:15
Featuring – Dickey Betts

Flac Size: 752 MB


  1. But you reacted quickly over the dead of D. Betts. A friend shared this with me last night. I have an ambivalent attitude towards this type of music. I have all the early stuff from the ABB, although i hardly play it. You can't say anything bad about the quality. However i was never a big " fan" of southern rock. Later in the second half of the 70s i couldn't stand these endless ( often boring) numbers.

  2. Sad news, R.I.P. Dickey Betts. A great, wonderful guitarist. I remember very well this show. My friends and I were flashed about this gig. Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. Another word about what was said above.
    The old bands or what was left of them all died out after 1975 at the latest. A terrible decadent time. It's lucky that something new come along with punk, new wave etc... assuming was good.

  4. So sad another legend has gone. Time is catching up with us all.
    R.I.P. Dickey

  5. I agree with Josef here about Southern Rock and yet Dickey was the figure who drew me in to that ABB sound mostly and always appreciated his artistry, he will be sorely missed for sure. Thanks Kostas

  6. Thanks for the music and memories Dickey, rest in peace.