Saturday, March 24, 2012

Florida Music Facts - Dickey Betts was born in West Palm Beach? You bet!

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Dickey Betts
Vocalist-guitarist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Born in West Palm Beach, raised in Bradenton, where he formed The Jokers with guitarist Joe Dan Petty (later of Grinderswitch); he later formed The Blues Messengers in Sarasota with bassist Berry Oakley, drummer John Meeks, guitarist Larry Reinhardt and keyboardist Reese Wynans. The Blues Messengers relocated to Jacksonville in 1968, changing their name to The Second Coming. After adding Duane and Gregg Allman, the Second Coming became known as The Allman Brothers Band. A pioneer in the country-rock fusion of the 1970s, Betts wrote and sang the ABB’s  biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man.”  Betts has led several bands of his own, including The Dickey Betts Band (on Epic), Great Southern (Arista), and BHLT (which included Betts, Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Chuck Leavell of Sea Level and Butch Trucks of the ABB). In 2000, Betts again left the ABB and to perform as Dickey Betts and Great Southern.
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