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Jessica is the name of guitarist Dickey Betts' daughter. He was working on this song when she crawled into the room and inspired him. Jessica Betts was born May 14, 1972 - she was one year old when her dad wrote the song.
Betts had Jessica with Sandy Bluesky, who he wrote "Bluesky" for and married in 1973.
This is an instrumental song that had little chart success, but has endured as a staple of Classic Rock radio and a favorite among fans.
This is the theme song to the UK TV show Top Gear.
Chuck Leavell played piano on this. He was brought in after Duane Allman died to provide another lead instrument. It created a different sound, as the Allmans now had 1 piano and 1 guitar rather than 2 guitars.
Betts was trying to compose a song that could be played on the guitar with 2 fingers in the style of Django Reinhardt, a 1930s Jazz musician Betts admired who lost 2 fingers in a fire.
The Allman Brothers performed this on The Late Show with David Letterman on February 29, 1996.
This won a Grammy in 1996 (more than 30 years after its release) for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Only Madonna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Rihanna have more #1 Dance hits than Kristine.
Gary Lewis and the Playboys had 7 Top-10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.