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Published: 2012/02/13

The Allman Brothers Band Accept Their Lifetime Achievement Grammy Without Dickey Betts

The Allman Brothers Band received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Grammy in Los Angeles. 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 Dan Toler, Frankie Toler, David Goldflies and Mike Lawler. The group’s extended, 22-minute acceptance speech included reflections from current members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones, as well as Leavell, Duane Allman’s daughter Galadrielle Allman and Berry Oakley’s children Brittany and Berry. Gregg Allman spoke first, addressing his recent health problems, thanking his fans and nodding to his “unsung heroes” and road crew. He remained by the podium while the rest of his band addressed the crowd.

Next, drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks both delivered fun, story-filled speeches. “I was on my way to New York to become a starving jazz musician when I met Duane Allman,” Jaimoe joked. “[My friend] told me, you should go make some money by playing with those white boys.” Trucks also described his first conversation with Jaimoe and poked fun at himself by saying, “I tend to talk a lot.”

The newer additions to The Allman Brothers Band spent less time behind the podium but each offered some interesting thoughts. Haynes discussed the surreal circumstances that lead him from the ABB-inspired bar band Blue Sky to the Brothers, Derek Trucks—who tried not to speak but was pushed to the front of the stage by his uncle Butch—reminded the crowd that The Allman Brothers Band was an interracial band with “balls of steel” playing clubs in the South, Burbridge both thanked Col. Bruce Hampton and paid tribute to late Allman Brothers Band bassist Allen Woody and Quinones apologized to the academy for his band’s lengthy speeches (Burbridge humorously ran back to the podium when he realized he forgot to thank his wife).

Leavell broke the news that Betts was “unable to attend” the ceremony and thanked the audience on his behalf. He also thanked longtime band friends Bill Graham, Tom Dowd and Bill Walton.

While they remain united onstage, the current members of The Allman Brothers Band were up against each other on the ballot. Three of the five albums’ in the Best Blues Album category featured members of the historic jamband: Low Country Blues (Gregg Allman), Man in Motion (Warren Haynes) and Revelator (Tedeschi Brucks Band, which features Derek Trucks and Oteil Burbridg). Tedeschi Trucks Band ended up taking home the award for Revelator.

A video of The Brothers’ entire speech is now available over on Relix.com.
For more on The Allman Brothers Band’s time at the Grammys, be sure to read our red carpet interview with the band.

Comments

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grammar police February 13, 2012, 18:09:42

I count 3 typos/mistakes.

Richard February 13, 2012, 18:14:21

So they can show Chris Brown for 15 min but can’t show The Brothers get this award. Chris Brown isn’t good enough to be The allmands rodie.

Jammin February 13, 2012, 18:25:15

With all DUE respect to Derek & Susan, both Gregg and Warren’s albums are sooo much better that Revelator.

me February 13, 2012, 18:48:33

Dickie should have been there… don’t know why he wasn’t… whether it was him or the band… but just a sad statement… and who is the Tedeshci Brucks Band? And with all due respect to Jammin… Revelator is the better of the 3 albums… I won’t say soooo much better, but better!

LINDA LOU February 13, 2012, 19:30:33

Always remember Duane Allman himself chose Dickey Betts to play guitar in The ABB which say’s a lot. Listen to “Blue Sky” on the live at Stonybrook 1971 archival release featuring Dickey and Duane, truly beautiful music. Sad the way things turned out all those years ago but time is moving on and there is no turning back.

timmy February 13, 2012, 19:43:21

Getting a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys? Is that equal or lesser than getting a cub scout badge? Seriously, what a sad pathetic joke the current “music industry” is. As the record companies grasp at their last remaining bit of power in the corporate music game by celebrating absolute mediocrity, you have a great band like ABB in a sea of crap. ABB celebrated at the Grammys next to Chris Brown, Lady GaGa, and all that pop factory manufactered Micky Mouse shit. What a joke!

PM February 13, 2012, 19:45:44

Come on Dickey put the bottle down we need ya back!..PLEASE.This current line up needs some Dickey tunes.

goodberger13 February 13, 2012, 19:49:27

With all DUE respect to Derek & Susan, both Gregg and Warren’s albums are sooo much better that Revelator. ^ Completely disagree. Revelator by a mile.

timmy February 13, 2012, 20:07:11

I must have missed something. Why are we comparing Greg, Warren and Dereks’ albums?

Dennis February 13, 2012, 20:12:31

You failed to mention Brittany Oakley was there. She accepted the award for her dad Berry. Also Galadrielle is spelled Galadrielle

SouthBound February 13, 2012, 20:31:06

Contrary to a lot of folks opinions, Dickey Betts is doing just fine without the ABB and who could blame him for not wanting to stand beside that bunch of egotistical cut-throats? The Ramblin’ Man is more of “a Brother” than the other three original members combined! If not for Dickey Betts there wouldn’t be a ABB today. After the deaths of Duane and Berry, it was Dickey Betts who stepped up and carried them through and anyone who says differently simply does not know what they are talking about. Thank you Ramblin’ Man for without your contribution Greg, Claude & Jaimoe would not have been on that stage Saturday to receive their Grammy. And shame on Warren Haynes for not even mentioning Mr. Betts who brought him into the band.
P.S. (Chuck Leavell is a class act and a true Brother.)

adam February 13, 2012, 20:57:58

too bad mainstream music has gone to hell and the Brothers cant get their proper recognition. sad sad sad world we live in today of manufactured cookie cutter pop music.

adam February 13, 2012, 20:57:58

too bad mainstream music has gone to hell and the Brothers cant get their proper recognition. sad sad sad world we live in today of manufactured cookie cutter pop music.

timmy February 13, 2012, 21:03:21

First of all, Dickey Betts is absolutely deserving of all the credit he gets as a founding member and primary song-writer of ABB. Him not being with them at the Grammys is really not that big of a deal. Life goes on. Do you really need some shitty Hollywood celebration to validate what most serious music fans already know? As far as Warren not mentioning him, why should he? Do you not think Warren is grateful to Dickey? Warren’s one of the most humble musicians you could ever meet. Greg on the other hand, that doesn’t surprise me.

Dick February 13, 2012, 21:11:31

It is a shame Dickey wasn’t there. Great honor for all involved. Great honor for the Tedeschi Trucks band as well. It is worth noting that NONE of them would be in the positions that they are in (and deserve to be in) without Dickey’s contributions. Granted, the last few times I’ve seen him perform, he’s been a mess. That doesn’t discount him CARRYING the band in the early/mid 90’s when Gregg was in that same condition. Congratulations to all, too bad Dickey couldn’t pull it together and be there to take his rightful place. It doesn’t diminish his contributions.

NICK DANZIO February 13, 2012, 21:16:26

WE ALL KNOW THE REAL REASON WHY ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF OUR GENERATION WAS NOT THERE. IT’S ABOUT TIME MR. ALLMAN GETS OFF HIS HIGH HAMMOND AND BRINGS BACK OUR BROTHER, MR. RICHARD BETTS. AFTER THE DEATH OF DUANE IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR DICKEY THEIR WOULD NOT BE ANY ALLMAN BROTHERS FOR MR. ALLMAN TO CALL HIS OWN.
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK DICKEY FOR BEING THE MAN. THESE 43 YEARS WOULD NOT BE IF NOT FOR DICKEY BETTS. FROM THE FILLMORE EAST AND WEST TO TO DICKEY SOLO AT THE CALDERONE IN NY BACK TO THE BEACON. FROM MEMBERS OF GREAT SOUTHERN ONLY TO BECOME REGULAR ABB MEMBERS. I KNOW DICKEY KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. THANKS AGAIN MR BETTS FOR YOU SIR ARE AN ORIGINAL AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN ALLMAN BROTHER. THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES AND SEE YOU IN ST PETE SOON.
REGARDS, MR . NICKY D

MITCH SEDGWICK February 13, 2012, 21:21:23

DICKEY IS THE MAN, WHILE
GREG DICKS THE MAN

Ultimatelywhogivesafu#k February 13, 2012, 21:24:49

The ABB should be put down like an old horse

trevor February 13, 2012, 21:53:04

Derek Trucks is an awesome guitarist, but the new Tedeshi Trucks band – Revelator – is just ok, nothing that really sticks out. Already Free by the DTB was way better. Anything that Greg Allman puts out is usually good, only heard a few tracks and it’s good. I believe it’s all covers. Anyway, I skipped the Grammy’s because it’s always a bore and they skip the cool stuff anyway. Allman Brothers Band are Great and there are one of a kind. It would be nice to see a Dickey Betts reuinion some time.

cindy February 13, 2012, 21:55:35

Didn’t anyone else find it strange that Gregg did not mentioned Duane in his speech?

Marshall February 13, 2012, 22:09:00

@SouthBound, that’s pretty much the size of it

Evan Rabin February 14, 2012, 00:18:28

http://adventuresofrabin.blogspot.com/2012/02/best-of-all-from-grammys-lifetime.html

Vinny Shinblines February 14, 2012, 01:33:05

To bad Dickey was not there , he is the only ABB original member still writing and performing new music unlike all the covers the ABB try to convince everyone are something to get excited about every March check out Dickey live and you will be surprised

Panama February 14, 2012, 01:53:39

Skydog was the MAIN reason. End of subject. He put it together and they jelled
like a fine wine and produced the BEST live album from 1971 on. When LAF came out, people, critics, other musicians were blown away, and to this day no one has come close to creating what is now considered a masterpiece. Yes, I’m a fanatic, but I have no apologies. The mood, emotions, intensity that was produced on this double live album continues to give me chills every time I hear it. Thank you Duane.

John Charles Griffin February 14, 2012, 02:52:13

The true chronology of The Allman Brothers Band is fully addressed by the legacy of The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia. All of those who live in divided camps might wanna take a closer look at the place “Where it All Began.” www.thebighousemuseum.org

Juan Carlos February 14, 2012, 07:51:18

“divided camps”....that’s rich….and stupid. like an ostrich with it’s head in the sand. as long as there are humans on this earth, there will be “divided camps”...lol.

Dawn February 14, 2012, 12:14:28

Why do people have to pick everything apart. Can’t the band receive an Award and everyone (fans) just be happy. One post wants to know why Gregg didn’t mention Duane did she notice Gregg looking up? A band gives so much to us lets just say thank you and congratulations.

Carlo February 14, 2012, 12:40:58

Thank you Dawn, that’s the thing to say. I am from Holland and for over 40 years fan of the best band in the world. But it is the same as in mariages; some dont last for ever, and still life goes on. Let’s thank all the wonderful musicians who were and are in the band. And don’t compare the albums from Warren, Derek and Susan and Gregg. They are alle wonderful and guys: congratulations.

Will February 14, 2012, 16:07:15

I was too busy to watch the Grammy’s because I am on tour with real musicians… WSMFP!!!

Paul February 14, 2012, 17:20:06

I don’t blame Dickey for standing up the backstabbers! After all he paid their bills for 3 decades. Amazing how arrogant Butch Trucks is! Hey Butchie, if it weren’t for Dickey you’d be playing cover songs in a gin mill for $50 a night. I think the current ABB should play all of the classic songs that Butch, Derek and Warren have written…...guess it would be a real short set!!!!

David Spero February 15, 2012, 19:52:28

That would be one persons version on why he left the band. Not necessarily the correct one.

Honey February 14, 2012, 22:10:11

Butch should start covering Ramblin Man singing behind his kit. He still refuses to give Dickey Betts his due.

Gerry February 15, 2012, 00:14:43

I am glad they got the lifetime award. They are the best Southern rock band of all time and Fillmore East is the best live rock album ever made. AND, Duane was the best slide player ever!! I appreciate the contribution all of the members, past and present.

David Spero February 15, 2012, 02:03:03

I am Dickey Betts’ manager. Yes, Dickey originally said he would appear. Yes, our website reflected that. But in the end, not due to illness, not due to being drunk as some have surmised, he made a deeply thought out personal decision to not be there. He asked me to represent him, which I did with great honor. He asked me to do two things, first make sure that his fans get thanked, and two, not to make up any phoney excuses as to why he wasn’t there. I told Gregg, Butch, Jaimo and the rest of his decision. Chuck Leavell kindly offered to pass on Dickey’s thanks. He’s doing great and expects to play more shows this year then he has the last few. He was deeply honored by this award! See you on the road.

Jim February 15, 2012, 07:12:15

Classy post, David. And most likely a wise, mature decision by Dickey, although nobody but Dickey and those close to him would really know. It seems the former antagonists have decided that the fight is no longer worth their time. Perhaps others can let it go too.

irocku February 15, 2012, 16:11:53

Glad to hear that Chuck stepped up for Dickey. All aside, congratulations are in order for everyone of the Brothers. From Chuck’s team a www.irocku.com.

DK February 15, 2012, 17:27:05

I love the Allmans and obviously all the great music that Dickey Betts helped create. That being said, none of you have any idea as to the real reason why Dickey is not in the band right now. Butch maintains that they gave him the summer to clean up and Dickey responded by suing the band. Thats called quitting on the ABB (and yourself).

Franklin February 15, 2012, 22:36:34

Well I’m a little dissapointed that Warren and Derek were both hired by Dickie, but did not mention him. But, I do not believe the post above me is accurate. The summer Dickey “had off to clean up” (back in the 90s?) he was replaced by Jimmy Herring for the rest of the summer shows. I believe Butch flat out fired him and I’m sure there was a suit filed after that. There is bad blood there, so bad it can’t be overcome to fullfil our fantasies of Dickey re-joining.

Carolinaphil February 16, 2012, 19:41:22

Thanks to all the ABB members were ever you may be. All have a place in my life. Carolinaphil

rachel molly February 17, 2012, 10:35:16

Thank you for this article! why can’t everyone just hug each other and get along? Here are my thoughts on the topic http://www.wholephamily.com/2012/02/blue-sky-singers-can-reconcile-embrace.html

mike February 18, 2012, 12:04:03

ive seen the allmans with dickie, warren, jimmy herring, derek trucks. ive seen great southern, govt mule, derek trucks band, widespread panic, plus numerous other bands these musicians have played over the years and not once has the band or the musicians EVER been as fucked up as i was!!! (not to mention around 30 grateful dead shows) this goes out to all the whiney bitches out there, suck it up. you people sound like rival gang members. R.I.P. duane & jerry!!!

Slick Tyler February 20, 2012, 18:24:57

I love ‘em all.Derek is so smooth and calm.Warren is Cool and on the front of the beat.Dickey is way underrated always.Duane was truly great in the studio and live.I saw Dickey and Dan Toler pick Greg back up when he was knocked out by a bottle in Norfolk.(Portsmouth actually)Most decisions were hopefully made for the betterment of the music.Glad to see them get anything from the pop world.Adele can sing, but who are those other freaks making millions out there? Wow. SlickTyler (BluesEnigma band formerly of Blue Heron Jam Band)

Cal February 20, 2012, 22:19:12

Dickey could of went to that ,I know their is bad blood but time has marched on and these guys are not getting any younger,they were a band of Brothers at one time. They will Never settle their differences. The Allman Bros have not wrote a original tune in 10 years!!! Really sad with having a guitar playing duo they have. Dickey has not brought out anything since 2001 so he is in the same boat. Time to retire boys.

Robert February 27, 2012, 18:25:03

I really like Dickey and the Great Southern Band much more than ABB and hope he keeps them together. Greg could join and that would be okay but not necessary. Great Southern smokes, especially when there are two drummers. I could care less about a reunion.

phil May 18, 2012, 11:48:07

OMG, Butch trucks talks too much,,,,so stuck up.thinks hes the star.

larry August 3, 2012, 00:17:40

It seems that they had to kick him out of the band for threatening other members; and it is a well known fact that he holds a black belt in one of the martial arts (Taekwando?) However, his lead playing, which was what created their unique sound, still didn’t earn him a penny of writing credit,and was probably the source of the bands’ mutual animosity

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