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NEW YORK - MARCH 22: (L-R) Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band perform during their first night of 13 performances at The Beacon Theatre on March 22, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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The Allman Brothers Band: “Blue Sky”

The Hook: Dickey Betts wrote it as a love song for his Native American wife, Sandy Blue Sky.

Album: Eat a Peach

Year: 1972

Writer: Dickey Betts

Stats: The B-side of “Jessica,” which peaked at number-65 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Blue Sky” has been an FM radio favorite.

Background: “Blue Sky” marked guitarist Dickey Betts’ vocal debut on an Allman Brothers album. He explains what he wrote it about and why he had to sing it himself.

Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts on “Blue Sky.” OC:…for her. :13

“’Blue Sky’ was written for a lady that I was married to for a while who was an Ojibwe Indian from Canada and her name was Sandy Blue Sky. It was a love song for her.”