Monday, December 12, 2022

Dickey Betts, his 79th birthday, "Ramblin' Man", "Jessica", and earworms

My friend Tom Deveson posted this morning that Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band turns 79 today, with a link to a 1972 live version of "Ramblin' Man". Although I never saw the Allman Brothers live, I've always enjoyed the melodies and textures in their music. In the summer of 2014, I did see Allmans drummer Butch Trucks sit in with John Scofield's Überjam band in the south of France. In keeping with my comments yesterday on earworms, I spent the morning humming "Ramblin' Man", and a commenter on Tom's post shared a live version of "Jessica", so now its fluid Dickey Betts lines are echoing around in my mind. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 12 December 2022)

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