Best Quotes from Dickey Betts

I have so many great memories of the Allman Brothers early days. It was an incredible time.

Dickey Betts

I’ve written some songs that are pretty scary, but ‘Jessica,’ ‘Ramblin’ Man,’ and ‘Blue Sky’ are happy songs. That’s the way I wrote them: have-fun tunes to make you feel good.

Dickey Betts

Some people take me as being a rowdy, honky-tonk hero type. Some people see me as a quiet person. I guess I can be either one, you know, at any moment.

Dickey Betts

I’ve learned to climb a tree pretty fast.

Dickey Betts

Human nature is you work shoulder to shoulder in a real emotional kind of setting, and there are jealousies that come up. There’s resentment, and resentment turns to just outright bad things.

Dickey Betts

I don’t have to do Gregg Allman songs.

Dickey Betts

I kind of question whether to say this or not, but it’s almost like the Allman Brothers turned into an Allman Brothers tribute band.

Dickey Betts

In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida.

Dickey Betts

When I was a kid, my dad was in construction and used to move the family back and forth between central Florida’s east and west coasts.

Dickey Betts

Ramblin’ was in my blood.

Dickey Betts

My daddy had been a fiddler, and I heard a lot of fiddle music as a child. I had a ukulele and had played along with him.

Dickey Betts

I’m influenced by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelly, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, B.B. King, and then by bluegrass. But when I was 16, bluegrass wasn’t cool. We was rock n’ rollers then: Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Dickey Betts

I grew up in South Florida, and my family was pretty poor. We weren’t your upper-class whites by any means.

Dickey Betts

Our main thing we’d have to entertain us: All my uncles would come over, and we’d sit around the living room on a weekend night, and we’d play. That was a big event for me, getting to play. We never did have any percussion.

Dickey Betts

I had a ukulele when I was about seven. Then I started playing around with the mandolin and the banjo.

Dickey Betts

‘Seven Turns’ was a tough album because we knew that the critics would use it to determine whether or not we should have remained broken up.

Dickey Betts

Anytime I’m playing music or getting ready to record, Duane Allman will enter my thoughts, and so will Berry Oakley. It’s part of my musical makeup and mental process when it comes to music. We learned to play together and taught each other a lot.

Dickey Betts

It’s hard for people to understand that when five or six guys are together working intensely, they can really get into some duels.

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I wouldn’t call myself a jazz player or a blues player.

Dickey Betts

As far as the music goes, I like melody.

Dickey Betts

Everything comes to an end.

Dickey Betts

If you’ve got a corporation, and you throw out one of the founding partners that is responsible in part for making the organization what it is today, you have to compensate that person. You have to come to a settlement.

Dickey Betts

People say a lot of things in the heat of the moment. But in the entertainment business, ya never say never.

Dickey Betts

Sometimes arguments get publicized so much that it gets blown all the hell out of proportion.

Dickey Betts

I’m sure you have arguments with your friends, but they don’t get printed up and magnified in the papers.

Dickey Betts

I really feel like I’ve written my most effective music in the instrumental realms.

Dickey Betts

In rock n’ roll music, you almost have to apologize for being around more than four or five years. I don’t know why.

Dickey Betts

Blues players are around for 50 years, and that’s just fine.

Dickey Betts

You can’t play music and be mad at anybody. It’ll show in your heart!

Dickey Betts

The thing with Berry and Duane and the rest of us in the original Allman Brothers seemed to be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. When Duane was killed, we knew we lost a great part of that, but we still managed to play some great music.

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Now, I’m not the kind of guy who likes to look in the mirror and say, ‘Oh, you’re the best.’

Dickey Betts

Our tunes aren’t just sing-along tunes: they’re very complex. After a few days of that, you gotta take a break.

Dickey Betts

I like to play acoustic slide. I like that. I just… I can do it, you know. But it ain’t my cup of tea.

Dickey Betts

My guitar has, like, become part of me, you know.

Dickey Betts

When I was a kid in school, and you asked me what I was gonna be, I mean, even as a little first grader, I was gonna be a guitar picker on the ‘Grand Ole Opry.’ I just had it in my head that that’s what I wanted to do, having no idea how it was done.

Dickey Betts

All musicians and artists – we all got quirks that have to be put up with at certain times.

Dickey Betts