Dickey Betts


BornDecember 12, 1943, Good Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach
HometownWest Palm Beach, Bradenton FL
High SchoolMoved to Sarasota, left high school at 16 to play music.
Main InstrumentGuitars
Other InstrumentsSlide guitar, Dobro, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo
Early InfluencesGrand Ole Opry radio show, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, Freddie King, Charlie Parker
Local Bands, Approximate YearsSarasota: “Swinging Saints”, Jacksonville: “Second Coming” w/ Berry Oakley, The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Dickey Betts Band
Current HometownSarasota FL
Current OccupationMusician, songwriter, recording artist.
Current Musical InvolvementLast Toured as Dickey Betts and Great Southern around 2014
Comments, Highlights

Forrest Richard Betts grew up in the West Palm Beach suburb of Westgate. He came from a musical family. His father Harold was an accomplished fiddle player, and his mother Estora played coronet in a Salvation Army Band. He started playing around age four. He wrote his first song while in the third grade at West Gate Elementary. He also became a skilled carpenter and hunter.

While in the seventh grade, the family moved to Sarasota. He eventually moved to Jacksonville and hooked up with bass player Berry Oakley. Oakley introduced him to Duane Allman, and shortly after, The Allman Brothers Band formed. Betts wrote or co-wrote a number of the Allmans most popular songs, including “Blue Sky” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”.

Dickey Betts and Great Southern appeared at SunFest 2013. He has released a number of solo and band albums with Great Southern from 1994 to 2010
P.B. Post, Jan 12, 1995.