Last Updated: April 19, 2024
Richest CelebritiesRock Stars
Net Worth:
$10 Million
Dec 12, 1943 - Apr 18, 2024 (80 years old)
West Palm Beach
Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Guitarist
United States of America
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Dickey Betts was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer who had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his death. Dickey Betts was best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band along with brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, as well as Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley and Jaimoe Johanson. Dickey Betts died on April 18, 2024, at the age of 80. Dickey wrote a number of the Allmans' biggest hits, including, "Ramblin' Man," "Revival" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 as a member of the Allman Brothers.

Early Life

Forrest Richard "Dickey" Betts was born on December 12, 1943, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Growing up in a musical family, Betts was exposed to various genres of music from a young age. His father, an avid country music fan, encouraged him to learn the guitar. He started playing ukulele at five and, as his hands got bigger, moved on to mandolin, banjo, and guitar. As a teenager, he honed his skills by performing with several local bands in the Florida area, showcasing his natural talent and passion for music.

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The Allman Brothers Band

In 1969, Duane Allman had parlayed success as a session player into a contract with Otis Redding's manager Phil Walden. Through Walden, Dickey joined forces with Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson to form The Allman Brothers Band. As a founding member, Betts played a crucial role in shaping the band's signature sound, blending elements of blues, rock, and country. He contributed to the band as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, penning several of their most iconic songs, such as "Blue Sky," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and "Ramblin' Man." Betts' virtuosic guitar playing, in harmony with Duane Allman's, became a defining characteristic of the band's sound.

Duane Allman died in October 1971 in a motorcycle crash. Almost exactly a year later, Berry Oakley died in a motorcycle crash, eerily close to where Duane crashed.

After the deaths of Duane and Berry, Betts became the band's sole guitarist and also took on a greater singing and leadership role. Betts helped steer the band to continued success, cementing their status as one of the most influential rock acts of the era.

In 1973 the members began to pursue solo careers. They broke up in 1976, reportedly after Dickey and Gregg had a major falling out over Gregg's testimony against the band's former security man, Scooter Herring, in a federal drug case. The group reunited in 1978 and toured the following year.

When the Allman Brothers reunited in 1989, Dickey recruited Warren Haynes, who had performed backup vocals on some of his previous solo work. Between 1989 and 2000, Dickey recorded six studio albums and three live albums with the group.

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Solo Career

After leaving The Allman Brothers Band in 2000 due to creative differences and personal issues, Dickey Betts embarked on a successful solo career. He formed his own band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, which included members of his former band, Great Southern. Throughout his solo career, Betts released several albums, including "Pattern Disruptive" (1988), "Let's Get Together" (2001), and "Dickey Betts & Great Southern" (2009). His solo work continued to showcase his exceptional guitar skills and songwriting abilities, maintaining the Southern rock sound he had helped pioneer with The Allman Brothers Band.

Personal Life & Death

Dickey was married five times and had four children. His daughter Christy is married to Frank Hannon, of the band Tesla.

Dickey had a mild stroke in 2018. He made a full recovery. He died on April 18, 2024, from a combination of cancer and COPD. He was 80.

Real Estate

In March 1995, Dickey paid $985,000 for a 1.3-acre waterfront home in Osprey, Florida. This remained his home for the rest of his life.

In March 2017, Dickey's fifth wife Donna pointed a rifle at members of a school rowing team that was practicing in front of their house. A neighbor called 911 and reported:

"She's on the dock with a rifle right now. She's looking through the scope, aiming towards the kids."

She served 30 days in jail over the incident. In a previous incident, Dickey reportedly fired his gun multiple times within his property then proceeded to sit on a lawn chair with two firearms leaning against his chair while 150 children were on the water for a rowing event.

That was not the first legal trouble Donna and Dickey had with neighbors. A neighboring property owned by a foundation called the Bay Preserve can be rented for functions like weddings. During a December 2013 wedding, Donna and Dickey reportedly played electric guitar "well above the level of the applicable noise ordinance," blew an air horn and shouted obscenities at wedding guests.

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