Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist, dies

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Dickey Betts, who was the influential singer-songwriter and guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, has died.

He was 80 years old.

His family shared the news on social media Thursday.

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announce the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) at the age of 80 years old,” the family noted. “The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader and family patriarch passed away earlier today at his home in Osprey, FL., surrounded by his family. Dickey was larger than life, and his loss will be felt world-wide.”

They described Betts as “larger than life” and noted his death will be felt world-wide.

“At this difficult time, the family asks for prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days,” according to the post. “More information will be forthcoming at the appropriate time.”

His family did not share his cause of death.

Betts shared lead guitar duties with Duane Allman in the original Allman Brothers Band to help give the group its distinctive sound and create a new genre — Southern rock. Acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Kid Rock were influenced by the Allmans’ music, which combined the blues, country, R&B and jazz with 1960s rock.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press contributed to this report.