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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.
Since emerging from MySpace with her hit "Bubbly," Colbie has become a top songwriter, even crafting a hit with Taylor Swift.
Songs About Movies
Iron Maiden, Adele, Toto, Eminem and Earth, Wind & Fire are just some of the artists with songs directly inspired by movies - and not always good ones.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).