Dickey Betts, the co-founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist, is in critical condition after slipping in a freak accident, in which he cracked his head, causing bleeding in his brain. According to The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Betts will undergo surgery on Friday (September 21st) to relieve swelling on his brain. Betts, who last month was forced to scrap a string of shows after suffering a mild stroke, was playing with his dog on Monday (September 17th) in the yard on of his house on Little Sarasota Bay when he was injured.
Betts’ wife Donna, who is by Dickey’s side with his children, said in a statement: “The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. We are by his side giving him the strength to pull through this.” There’s been no official announcement regarding Betts’ upcoming fall dates.
The 74-year-old Betts, who was forced out of the Allmans back in 2000, is best remembered for his timeless contributions including “Blue Sky,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and the instrumental “Jessica.”
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