The Allman Brothers Band’s Dickey Betts in Critical Condition After Fall

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The Allman Brothers Band's Dickey Betts suffered a serious fall while at his home in Florida. More on his condition here!

The Allman Brothers Band’s Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting) is in critical condition after falling and hitting his head at his Sarasota, Florida, home on Monday.

“[Betts] went out to his backyard on Little Sarasota Bay and while playing with the family dog, slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain,” a statement shared via his website and social media accounts stated.

The 74-year-old “Ramblin’ Man” writer is scheduled for brain surgery on Friday to alleviate swelling. David Spero, the artists’ longtime friend and manager, said the musical legend is “listed as in critical but stable condition.”

“The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time.” Dickey’s wife Donna shared. “Dickey is a notorious fighter and he is displaying that now!”

In August, Betts suffered a minor stroke and was forced to cancel his upcoming tour dates while recovering.

“It was just a few days ago that Dickey was telling me how excited he was to get back in front of the fans on November 1,” Spero added. “It is very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers”

Watch The Allman Brothers Band perform “Ramblin’ Man” live in 1972 below!

“Ramblin’ Man” Lyrics

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man
My father was a gambler down in Georgia
He wound up on the wrong end of a gun
And I was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus
Rollin’ down highway forty-one
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man
I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’
I’m leavin’ out of Nashville, Tennessee
They’re always having a good time down on the bayou
Lord, them Delta women think the world of me
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dickey and his family! Share this news with other fans. 

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