Dickey Betts, of Allman Brothers fame.

Today is Thursday, the day we usually have a guitarist better than Hendrix.

A fella named Dickey Betts will eventually be on this list, but today is not that day. He also wasn’t going to get mentioned this high on the list – but he’s certainly slated to be included, assuming the list lasts that long.

Betts had a mild stroke, back in August. This forced him to cancel his tour. He was not just doing well, he was doing very well – and his recovery was ahead of schedule. He was slated to begin touring again in November, with the Dickey Betts Band.

Yesterday, he was playing with his dog and fell. In the fall, he stuck his head. This caused bleeding on the brain, like the RHCP song.

“But from my brain is where I bleed.” – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul to Squeeze

Unlike the song, this is generally considered a Very Bad Thing©.

He’s now listed in critical, but stable, condition at an undisclosed hospital. You can read more about it here. There’s also this official notice here – and I’d expect the site to update us as time passes.

He is expected to undergo surgery today, the 20th of September.

He has been a monument, and a foundation, to rock and the guitar. Unfortunately, I am not prepared to write about him today.

If you’re interested in his life, use a damned search engine!

Or, you know, read Wikipedia’s entry on Dickey Betts.

I would like to take a moment to wish him well and to remind his friends and family that he’s greatly appreciated, the world over. His work gets covered with great frequency and he has himself continued to influence and entertain, even beyond the Allman Brothers.

His impact on my passion, that is the guitar, is significant and I hope he has a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

Let’s listen to some tunes while we wait for news!

And, I’ll still share one for the road…

He’s been giving us music for about 50 years. Even Rolling Stone, those dirty heathens, were smart enough to include ’em on their list of the greatest guitarists. (I think they put ’em in about 60th position.)

I wish him well and I’d like to hope the rest of our community does the same. Until next time…

Shut up and play us a song!

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