Like the title says as of today Dec. 8th is a day of remembrance of 4 important musicians in the music industry who inspired and changed us all over the years. These are musicians who are having birthdays today and having death anniversaries.
The Birthday musicians are Jim Morrison (Born: Dec. 8th, 1943) and Gregg Allman (Born: Dec. 8th 1947).
The Death Anniversary musicians are Dimebag Darrell (who passed 15 years ago today) and John Lennon (who passed 39 years ago today).
All 4 of these musicians were definitely important to my life so I’ll never forget any of them. Gregg Allman passed a few years ago so now he joins these men in heaven.
I’m a huge Doors fan, a huge Allman Bros. fan and a huge Pantera fan. Of course, I listened to a lot of Lennon’s solo stuff too.
Dec. 8th is always an important day of music because of these guys and I think they are the Mt. Rushmore of music for sure.
RIP to all of them and love all of them.
Longtime fans of the Allman Bros. are probably well aware of the public feud between Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. They’ve had a tough time getting along over the years. Their feud was pretty heated but they seem to be cool with each other because Dickey says here he talked with Gregg a few times before he passed.
Remember, Dickey Betts helped founded the Allman Brothers and Dickey also wrote and sang on their hit “Ramblin’ Man”, the song that gave them the label Southern Rock. Dickey wrote many songs with the Allman Brothers.
I really miss the Duane and Dickey era of the Allman’s ’cause that’s when the Allman’s put on the best improvised jams. I do like the Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks era but I prefer the Duane and Dickey era more.
The rock music world lost another one. First Chris Cornell, now Gregg Allman.
The Allman Brothers Band is another one of my favorite bands. I’ve also been listening to them for a pretty long time. I collected about 9 of their albums for my Ipod Touch. I never saw the Allman Brothers Band live in concert before but I’ve always wanted to and now I’ll never get to. Now that the main guy who started the Allman Brothers Band is gone, I don’t think the band will get back together ever.
The Allman Brothers was started by Gregg and Duane Allman, they formed the band together. Although the band released two albums at the start: “The Allman Brothers Band” (self titled) and “Idlewild South”, they didn’t get mainstream success until the release of their live album, “At Fillmore East” (which is one of the greatest live albums ever, btw). Then after the “Fillmore East” album, they released their fourth album, “Eat a Peach” which became a huge hit.
While the Allman Brothers were one of my favorite bands, I thought the two best studio albums they’ve done were “Eat a Peach” and “Hittin’ the Note”. I’ve heard all their albums that they’ve done over the years. I’ve only bought 9 of them for myself.
Gregg Allman was more than just a singer… he was also a guitar player, keyboardist and organist. He also made solo albums and toured with his solo band a lot too. That’s one of the things that I admired about Gregg. He always played music even when the Allman Brothers weren’t together. Gregg just kept playing until he couldn’t do it anymore.
Gregg, another sad loss and another great talent. Thanks for the great music, Gregg. Now he’s up there with his brother Duane and drummer Butch who also passed not too long ago.
An interesting interview with Gregg Allman here and he says his feud with Dickey Betts is pretty much over. Gregg and Dickey are talking again and are back on good terms which is a good thing. Gregg wants to jam with Dickey again. So who knows? Maybe Dickey will soon rejoin the Allman Bros. when the band reforms sometime in the future and I’m sure they will. If Dickey rejoined the Allman Bros., it won’t be for a one-off. Gregg says it will be for a full tour and all.
I agree with Gregg that holding negative grudges with people is childish. I never do that really. I know I’ve had heated feuds with other local musicians myself and I did my best to bury the hatchet with some of them. Some of them were nice enough to bury the hatchet and some just don’t care. Well, for the musicians who didn’t care to bury the hatchet with me well, fuck ’em. People who continue to hold a grudge against me are losers to begin with. I can be a good guy to people and if people don’t wanna see that, it’s fine with me. I got my own life to worry about. I’m about moving forward and not backwards. People who continue to hold a grudge against me even to this day are nobodies to me. I just get on with my life and keep on keepin on, ya know? I don’t deal with negative people or assholes. I’ll have a rant about this is another post soon.
Anyway, I hope to see Gregg and Dickey play again on stage in public ’cause it would be cool.
Here’s a cool interview with Gregg Allman and Gregg reveals he has no grudge against Dickey Betts who is one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers. Gregg and Dickey has been feuding for a long time which could have been why Dickey never played the final Allman’s shows at The Beacon but it’s turning out that may not be the case at all. Maybe Gregg actually tried to get Dickey to play the final shows but Dickey was busy doing other things?
Gregg says he would love to jam with Dickey again, not as a member of Gregg’s solo band but just to jam for fun. So who knows, maybe we’ll someday finally get to hear Gregg and Dickey singing “Ramblin’ Man” again.
Today, Gregg Allman the frontman and keyboardist/organist for the Allman Brothers celebrates his 67th birthday. Yes, he shares the same birthday with Jim Morrison. Happy to Gregg where ever he is!!!
Dickey Betts the former lead guitarist and singer of the Allman Brothers briefly responds to the Allman Brothers sudden breakup and the last show at the Beacon. Dickey doesn’t seem too upset now that he knows that the Allman Brothers are done. As a matter of fact, Dickey is really quite happy with their breakup. He’s still not happy with being booted out of the band, though. While he did give some nice compliments to the drumming of Butch and Jaimoe’s drumming skills and gave some nice compliments to Gregg’s singing, he also had some very harsh things to say about the band. Dickey says that the Allman Brothers were almost an Allman Brothers tribute band, which he actually has a valid point really.
As for why Dickey didn’t join the Allman Brothers at the last Beacon Show? He didn’t really say. He seems pretty happy with his current band that he plays with, Great Southern. Nobody knows yet on whether Dickey was invited to play or Dickey himself declined to be a part of it.
I guess they did play some Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers tunes at the final Beacon show; however, they neglected the song, “Ramblin’ Man”. I noticed the band didn’t play that song at all. I wonder why they didn’t play “Ramblin’ Man” when that song is considered an anthem and the song helped them that made them for what they are. Guess who wrote that song? Yep, Dickey Betts wrote it. The Allman Brothers had a lot of big hits and pretty much all the hits were written by Dickey. When was the last time the Allman Brothers had radio hits after Dickey got fired?
Gregg and Dickey should have reconciled and “bury the hatchet”. Guess it didn’t happen and they still hate each other as you can see.