Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dickey Betts at Manatee Players to see daughter in 'Singin' in the Rain'

Kim and Dickey/by Rick Kerby
A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer attended the Manatee Players opening of "Singin' in the Rain" tonight at Riverfront Theatre in downtown Bradenton.

Dickey Betts,  the singer/songwriter/guitarist responsible for such Allman Brothers Band classics as "Ramblin' Man," "Blue Sky," "Jessica" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" gushed during the after party about his daughter Kim Betts-Gingrich's superb performance as the vocally challenged leading lady Lina Lamont.

"It's the first time I've seen her perform," Betts said with a broad smile. "I'm so proud."

Betts-Gingrich is an excellent vocalist in real life.

"It was hard singing off pitch," she said.

"Not so much for me," her dad, the voice of the smash hit "Ramblin' Man," joked.

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