Manager David Spero released a statement to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper confirming the news. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune , Betts was playing with his dog in his backyard when he "slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding in his brain. Brain surgery to stop the swelling has been scheduled for Friday. The guitarist, who wrote and sang the Allmans' biggest hit "Ramblin' Man," announced his retirement last November. But he quickly changed his mind and was back onstage in May. At the time of his initial announcement, Betts said he'd "had a great life and I don't have any complaints. He then had second thoughts. I was bored, and they wanted me back.
Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts ' plans to return from his brief retirement were derailed in the second half of due to health issues. But as he says in a new interview, he's hoping that he'll be able to tour again in the near future. We're talking about going out and playing a few dates -- I probably will in two or three months, or next summer, if I'm still wanted out there. Last August, Betts had to cancel three dates when it was learned he had suffered a mild stroke. Betts required brain surgery and, although he added that he's not back to full health, he declared himself to be "fine. As he continues his recuperation, he's glad that the Allman Betts Band -- which is led by his son Duane and Gregg Allman 's son Devon, and also includes a third Allman Brothers offspring, bassist Berry Duane Oakley -- has stepped in. Their debut, Down to the River , was released last month, and Dickey sees it as a natural extension of the sounds he helped create 50 years ago. People still like that stuff, and it's a nice niche for them to have -- an inheritance, sort of.
Dickey Betts in July in Sarasota, Florida. The brilliant, hard-living ex—Allman Brothers Band guitarist looks back on his struggles with the group and reflects on retirement. He starts talking about an incident in , when Betts, along with Bob Dylan, the Band, Stephen Stills and others, had been invited to play at a Bill Clinton inauguration event. He was a huge presence. He still is. Hunting accessories — bows and arrows — sit near his Grammy Awards in his high-ceilinged living room, where he relaxes with his dog, Mandy. Betts, 73, unamicably parted ways with the Allmans in ; today he considers himself retired. He last played live with his band three years ago, at a capacity club in Mill Valley, California.
Forrest Richard Betts born December 12, , known as Dickey Betts , is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. Betts was the writer and singer on the Allmans' only hit single, " Ramblin' Man ". He also gained renown for composing instrumentals , with one appearing on most of the group's albums, the most notable of these being " In Memory of Elizabeth Reed " and " Jessica " the latter widely known as the theme to Top Gear. He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in  and also won a best rock performance Grammy Award with the band for "Jessica" in Betts departed the Allman Brothers Band in under acrimonious circumstances and continued with a solo career that had begun in the s. Born in West Palm Beach on December 12, and raised in Bradenton, Florida ,   Betts grew up in a musical family listening to traditional bluegrass , country music and Western swing. He started playing ukulele at five and, as his hands got bigger, moved on to mandolin, banjo, and guitar.