12 December 1943, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Formerly with Tommy Roes Romans, this exceptional guitarist was also a member of the Second Coming, a Jacksonville group that featured bass player Berry Oakley. Both musicians joined the Allman Brothers Band at its inception in 1969 and Betts melodic lines provided the foil and support for leader Duane Allmans inventive slide soloing. Allmans tragic death in 1971 allowed Betts to come forward, a responsibility he shouldered admirably on the bands excellent Brothers And Sisters. The country flavour prevalent on several of the tracks, most notably Ramblin Man, set the tone for Betts solo career. Highway Call was released in 1974 but its promise was overshadowed by the parent bands own recordings. Betts formed a new unit, Great Southern, in 1976, but their progress faltered when the guitarist was drawn into the resurrected Allman Brothers Band fold. In 1981,...
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