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Blue Sky

by

The Allman Brothers Band



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Allman's guitarist Dickey Betts wrote this about his Native American girlfriend, Sandy "Bluesky" Wabegijig. They married in 1973 and divorced 2 years later.
This was the first time Betts sang lead on an Allman Brothers song. He also sang lead on their biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man."
For a while, Betts refused to perform this after his 1975 divorce with Sandy, whom he wrote this for.
This was released after Duane Allman's death on Eat A Peach. The album is dedicated to him.
Betts and Sandy Bluesky had a daughter, Jessica, on May 14, 1972. Betts wrote "Jessica" about her a year later.
Duane Allman and Dickey Betts played on the bridge solo - one playing "lead" lead, the other playing "rhythm" lead. They switch up half way through - listen very carefully and you will hear them synch up on a riff for two measures or so right around 2:30 into the track. (thanks, Chris - Hoboken, NY)
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Comments (46):

Blue Sky and Layla. The two most beautiful, feel good songs of all time. How about that, Duane plays a large part in both of these , coincidence? You cannot say enough about Dickey Betts. The guy is phenomenal with style that is all his. There is no mistaking him with another. A very good argument could be made that these three are among, if not the three best there ever has been. More soul, talent and style than you can find anywhere. Sure there are great players out there, but none like these three. Of course, when you here their tunes it takes you to back to a time, and that has something to do with the good feeling you get when you hear them, but you have to really listen to these to appreciate, then listen again, and again, then you will begin to hear the genius of Duane, Eric and Dickey... Now go listen to Blue Sky, you'll be floating like clouds in that Big Blue Sky....
- Brett, Spokane, WA
One of the best guitar solos ever. Dickey plays first then Duane.
- Karl, fairfield, PA
I love this song...........play it over and over! Lifts my spirits! Thank you Duane and Dicky..............Love ABB!
- Sandy, Landenberg, PA
I absolutely love this song. I play the guitar and I learned this one by ear...not sure if it's exactly right but this song is soo much fun to play and listen to.
- Cory, Nashville, TN
To elaborate on what "Chris" wrote:

The first solo is Duane. 2nd is Dickey. Then they harmonize after

Simply a classic song - on of my all-time top three from ABB.

God rest soul of Duane and Barry! OE
- Elmo, Southeast Missouri, MO
I recently started getting serious about guitar playing and I picked Blue Sky as my second piece, just behind Mark Knopfler's tunnel of love. The thing about Duane and Dicky is that they could take four notes and play them so different each time that you would think they were all over the neck. That's pure genius. Blue Sky has more sould than 99% of all the songs I've ever heard. I can't stop hearing it in my head. Makes me want to go to Carolina.
- Joe, New York, NY
Just came back from the Allman bros museum. My daughter and I loved it.....Dickey wrote Blue Sky right there in the kitchen,,,,,also wrote ramblin man looking out the window at highway 41.If you get a chance to go to Macon Georgia don't miss this or the grave site of Duane and Berry.....It is an awesome place.....ADIOS!!!!!!!!
- vince, Lantana, FL
A masterpiece. Lord have mercy...get your car on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, roll down the windows, crank this up...you will soar. God rest you Duane !
- Carole, Sacramento, CA
Positive lyrics,a gorgeous melody,a really long break in the middle & "Lord you know you make me high when you turn you love my way"
- dane, lima,ohio, FL
Blue Sky is my favorite song of all time. A natural high every time I play it. Thanks d. Betts for writing and singing an such an amazing soulful epic rock song. Sjs Baton Rouge Louisiana.
- Sarah, Baton rouge, LA
The Best,,,,I can't get enough of this solo!!!!!!!
- vince, Lantana, FL
Best song ever recorded,,,,I'm driving my harley 700 miles to see Duane and Berry's Grave,,,,Love you Dickey the most underrated guitar Player.....Vince
- vince, Lantana, FL
this song is nothing short of truley amazing and beatiful. there is nothing to dilike about this song its just perfect. the beginning of that solo is so awesome duane just nails it perfectly.
- keegan, San Jose, CA
This song is probably my favorite of all time...I am 46 years old and have been listening to it for years.It always brings me back to when I was 12 years old looking up at the sun and smiling!!!!If Duane and Dickey don't make you smile when you listen to this song you are dead!!!!!!Vinny Lantana FL.
- vince, Lantana, FL
the more you listen to the allman bros. the better they sound
- niles, Belpre, OH
I think he wrote it to God.
- T, Fort Lauderdale, FL
This song has so much in it its should be ranked up there with the greats. First of all it can make anybody feel like your on the top of the world. Second the solo is mesmerizing and incredible. Third he named it after his former wife's nickname, which they had a girl name "Jessica". Basically that's two girls that created great rock songs.
- Drew, Buffalo, NY
Now, HERE is a song that would cheer up even the saddest of sadsacks!
Gorgeous work from Duane (RIP), Dickey, and Berry.
Such a pretty song.
- oldpink, New Castle, IN
Probably one of the greatest songs ever recorded, and one of the dearest to my heart. I was 12 when Duane was killed and 13 when Berry died. Duane was killed 7 days after my birthday, and I still remember it. I listened to WIBB, as I am sure that Duane, Gregg, Berry, and the band did when they rested from exhaustive touring at the Big House in Macon.
Much comment has been made regarding the spectacularly poignant and skillful guitar work of the Betts/Allman duo and I agree much praise is deserved, but if you listen closely, a true virtuoso laid down some really great improvised bass riffs as well throughout the entire song. Berry and Duane were very close, and you can hear it in their interwoven, expressive lines during Duane's half of the lead break. When Dickie takes over, Berry steps out, and some of the most melodic bass to ever be recorded shines like a bright monument in bass-playing history, often moving me to tears when I listen. I hear influences from James Jamerson to Charles Mingus, and even Carol Kaye - Berry held his own in the illustrious roll-call of bass history.
This song never fails to make me homesick for Georgia.
- Geoff, Atlanta, GA
This song showcases a unique guitar style that Dicky and Duane used on many of the Allman Brothers songs. One guitarist plays a lick in a minor pentatonic scale while the other simultaneously plays the identical lick in a major pentatonic scale. Put more simply, one guy is fretting his lick four frets below the other. You can hear that effect on the transition between leads on this song, as Dicky and Duane both simultaneously play the same riff. It creates a unique tonal effect and, once you know to listen for it, you hear the same effect used on many other Allman Brothers songs.
- David, Orlando, FL
I saw Dickey Betts at the Santa Monica Civic in high school in either '75 or '76 and he played everything except Blue Sky. After the show, a group of about 150-200 walked to the front of the stage while the roadies were breaking down the stage with all the lights on, and chanted "Blue Sky." They'd even taken down a big curtain exposing an old brick wall behind the stage. After about 5 minutes, Dickey walked out, told the roadies what to hook back up, and played it for just us... my greatest concert memory ever!
- Ty, Chino Hills, CA
This is by far my favorite song of all time. I discovered this song when i was 17 years old. Its an inspires me to a level that i cannot even explain. It always reminds me that no matter what happens there will b better days!
- markus, Fargo, ND
Probably one of the most underrated guitar solos of all-time. How this isn't near the top of every list of greatest guitar solos is beyond me.
- Scott, Boston, MA
I was smoking some good hashish with my friend john mcdonald, we would both get excellently wasted together and fall asleep,but we would have. We wer making beef jerkey and could not aford to let it dry out and burn, and I would fall asleep and john would start prodding me,DB ,DB! ,get up and lets ch3ck the meat. Oh yea john I am not too wasted , thank god you ar3 paying attention,and john would say ,yes you stupid ass ..... Well the beef jerkey came oput good and then later on john showed me Blue Sky On John Glicks huge stereo. GHosh it made my lay down nmy ideas of stairway just to float in such beauty of song
- Dickie Bird, Palos Verde Penn, CA
It was '73 and I was recently over my 1st love. I stopped in a cafe every day on the way to work and played 2 songs on the juke box, one of them Blue Sky.

Talk about a song that reminds me of a new page in the rest of my life! 34+ years later, same feeling. An absolutely brilliant song that's stayed with me for a lifetime.

Thank you Allman Brothers and a special thanks to Dickey Betts...
- Tonk, Ringgold, GA
Well hi,All i can add to the above is that i've been listening to this for 29yrs- i'm 42 now.I've always loved the guitar.Lyricly this is sweet, but when duane comes in its just a rollercoaster of a ride for me right through,it really sends me.As Scricharan says,a lump in the throat and a tear in the eye.What a phenominal gift our friends have.Sublime,joyous,it just sings at you,doesn't it!!How does Dickey take over like that and keep it going.Wow!! May sound odd but when i pass this will be played proudly because it sings joy.Hello heaven !!
Lozi,Harrogate.N.Yorks.UK
- Lozi, Harrogate, England
Yes, Duane plays the first solo, then Dickey, then they sync at the end. Simply a beautiful song, with Duane and Dickey (together) at their peak. I never get tired of this song.
- Elmo, Southeast, MO
sweet song. i love the riff at around 2:03 that duane plays. awesome stuff
- Hendrixlover, Does it matter?, CA
Hands down "Blue Sky" by The Allman Brothers Band is the greatest song of all time. Perfectly orchestrated transition solo from Duane Allman to Dickey Betts. Duane showed a melodic sound from his signature Les Paul, and Dickey Betts showed us sort of a bouncy country solo, that makes you have goose bumps. The lyrics and name of the song go along perfectly with the music of the song. "Blue Sky", which is sung and written by Dickey Betts, is the first of many songs that Dickey Betts actually is the lead singer, such as "Ramblin' Man" and "Pony Boy"........
- Jim, Laramie, WY
I am pretty sure Duane Allman played the first half of the solo and Dickey playe the second half. When my son was 2, he wouldn't go to sleep unless I either sang or played this song for him. One day, I sent an e-mail to a radio DJ relaying this fact in response to a comment the DJ had made about that someone's young child who loved a ceratin rock song. As luck would have it, Dickey was an in-studio guest the next day and the DJ told him about my e-mail and how my son's love for the song demonstrated how timeless it was.
- John, Yonkers, NY
I had the ultimate honor of speaking to Dickey Betts on the radio show "Rockline" in 2005. I told him that we were all lifetime Allman Brother / Great Southern fans and my all time favorite song is Blue Sky.I said I could wake up to that song every morning and could you please tell us the story of the song. He went on to tell the story of his girlfriend who became his wife.I think She may have been at the Roxy when we saw him perform there around 1977-79. He STOPPED THE SHOW and ran to the back to give this long dark haired girl A hug. Was it her?, well it's his business but I have seen Dickey perform recently A couple times and he is as great as ever! I will never forget that night on Rockline. I have it on cassette tape and will transfer to CD soon I hope.And I will never forget that night at the Roxy! Anyway, Walk along the river! Chris, Westlake Village,CA
- chris, westlake village, CA
what an unbelievably happy song. searingly joyous. i've been playing this song on Repeat and each time i listen to the lead, i get a lump in my throat and tears line my eyelids.
seriously how many of the new crop can play like this or choose to play like this?
- sricharan, Hyderabad, India
Duane plays the first half of the solo, Dickey the second
- Jeff, Pittsburgh, PA
I just heard this song in a commercial for a menopause drug.
- Julie, Chicago, IL
i saw a rockin' version live last summer.....



Magnolia, 810 Haight Street, CA
- Magnolia, San Francisco, CA
great guitar work in this song. actually its more of an art then work in this song. Absolutely love this song
- Tyler, Providence, RI
One of my 3 favorite songs. Fantastic guitar. Great lyrics. It just makes me feel good to listen to it.
- Larry, Phoenix, AZ
Of course the guitar work is among the best ever. But I've also always thought that it's a good example of how the simplest lyrics can be the best; I still can feel the simple, plain comfort and fulfillment of that "good ol' Sunday morning" walk along the road, where the "early mornin' sunshine tells me all I need to know." That's a happy man; would that we all could feel that sometimes!
- Don, Phoenix, AZ
Does anyone know who plays what half of the solo? If I had to guess I would say that Dickey plays the first half, but I really have no idea.
- Paul, Ithaca, NY
In various live shows in the late 90s, the Allmans performed this song with a "Franklin's Tower" tease. Eventually, the ABB did perform "Franklin's Tower" in its entirety with Oteil Burbridge singing lead.
- Barry, New York, NY
Legend has it that the movie "Almost famous" is a story based on The Allman brothers band. The band "stillwater" in the movie apparently is none other than The Allman brothers band!!
- vivek, bangalore, India
"Bluesky." What a beautiful song that is. thowe guitar solos are some og the best, and they show what a great guitar player dicky bets is."
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
YES YES and YES. this song is pure genius
- Jim, Toledo, OH
My favorite song. Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers. What more can I say.
- David, Palmyra, PA
I'm not into the "best ever" or "greatest" or such other hyperbole. But, along with Jessica, this song constitutes my favorite 1-2 punch of any band.
- mitchell, wayne, PA
Probably the best guitar of all time on a studio album. It is very melodic and he seems to hit every single note on his guitar.
- Carroll, Toms River, NJ
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