Monday, February 13, 2012

Allman Brothers Band honored at Grammys; Dickey Betts a no-show

The Allman Brothers Band received their Lifetime Achievement Grammy on Sunday but CBS decided not to broadcast the acceptance speeches by former Manatee County resident Gregg Allman and the rest of the gang, which I would have much rather watched than, say, the performance by that girlfriend beater Chris Brown.

Sarasota County resident Dickey Betts, the man responsible for such ABB classics as "Ramblin' Man," "Blue Sky," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jesssica" didn't show, which pretty much means the guitar great has no plans of ever sharing a stage again with his former band mates.

And that's a bummer.
The Allman Brothers Band received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Grammy at Los Angeles’ Staples Center last night. All seven members of the current band attended the ceremony, along with former keyboardist Chuck Leavell and the families of late band co-founders Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. Despite announcing that he would accept his Grammy alongside his former band, estranged founding guitarist Dickey Betts did not attend last night’s ceremony. Betts has not shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band in almost 12 years, though many onlookers hoped last night’s award would be a step closer to a reunion.

Despite receiving a prestigious honor, The Allman Brothers Band’s acceptance speech was not broadcast on CBS. The award ceremony’s announcer briefly mentioned the group’s award and showed a 1980s press shot featuring a short-lived lineup which included oft-forgotten members like (Manatee resident) Dan Toler, Frankie Toler, David Goldflies and Mike Lawler.

—PHOTO: George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross, Glen Campbell. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards 2012. Courtesy of


Anonymous said...

Good for Dickey! I don't blame him for standing up the backstabbers after he paid their bills for decades.....without Dickey old Butch Trucks would be playing in a gin mill for $50 a night.

Anonymous said...

and it was really tasteless of warren as well, dickey is the one that brought him along , he would still be in ashville if not for dickey