Cover of A Decade Of Hits 1969-1979

From A Decade Of Hits 1969-1979 and 71 other releases

“Jessica” is a rock instrumental written by Dickey Betts, guitarist of The Allman Brothers Band.

Jessica was first released on the band’s 1973 album Brothers and Sisters, and has subsequently been used in many musical contexts. In January 2006, a Wall Street Journal article referred to the piece as “a true national heirloom.”

The piece, along with “Ramblin’ Man”, is one of the two most famous tracks from the album, an album which marked the beginning of a new era for the Allman Brothers Band following the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. The song is named for Jessica Betts, the daughter of Dickey Betts and bride-to-be Sandy Bluesky.

Composition

The piece is very structured, starting out with an opening motif on acoustic guitar (played by guest guitarist Les Dudek) that gradually builds into the signature main theme played by Dickey Betts on two electric guitars, Gregg Allman on Hammond Organ, and Chuck Leavell on Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. The theme follows in a somewhat “verse/chorus” style, but quickly changes directions after the second “verse”, breaking back down into the opening motif. The reprise of the opening motif builds at a slower pace, introducing different percussion instruments (congas, tambourine, maracas) and the dueling Grand Piano and Bass Guitar melody-line one by one until the drumset enters to introduce the Grand piano solo section. Soon the piece changes key from A Major to D Major for Betts’s guitar solo. An establishing melody line at the end of the solo and another set of key changes brings the piece back to the original main theme, breaking down this time at the “chorus” section to end the piece.

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  • Bluesdoktor

    Just perfect

    7 Aug 11:22pm Reply
  • Z77

    TONIGHT! I wear some goggles! Richard falls down a small slope! And James says hello to a man!

    31 Jul 5:09pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Named after Dickey Betts’ daughter, this rock instrumental is a great, southern folksy song with a very catchy riff. The seven-minute track features instruments like guitar, electric piano, grand piano and Hammond organ. In addition to finding a home on classic rock radio, “Jessica” also earned the band a Grammy over twenty years later and is often used in movies and TV. -- watchmojo

    5 Jul 3:15pm Reply
  • Devils1674

    such a great song

    16 May 3:29am Reply
  • Druid66

    I felt for a girl named Jessica, once upon a time... still dig this song. (-:

    9 May 6:08am Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    road trippin' (2) ... Top down, excessive speed & doob-age. <3<3<3

    8 May 11:20pm Reply
  • supermediadave

    This is one of those songs....

    7 May 2:48am Reply
  • buriuk

    Top track

    19 Mar 12:54pm Reply
  • southmaui

    the best ..... nuff said

    24 Feb 8:59am Reply
  • littlelouie1

    Sure is a classic.

    17 Feb 12:12pm Reply
  • delboy5

    Classic .......Will never be forgotten because of Top Gear

    15 Feb 8:47pm Reply
  • bercer

    one of the best", rock on"

    7 Feb 10:21pm Reply
  • r0p3sw1ng3r

    Tonight on Top Gear, Chris Goffey tests Nissan's new Bluebird, Sue Baker drives the Skoda Estelle in its homeland and we ask whether second hand tyres are as much of a bargain as they seem... [3]

    28 Jan 7:24pm Reply
  • Tiger-Tony

    "Classic"

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    yes lamma, duane... they took him long ago...

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    not duane

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Fajterica

    feelgood music, joy to the bone, great stuff

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Stig? hey Stig...... I live in a tree too.......Stig.....hey Stig.....

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Kobaruon

    Some say that he lives in a tree, and that his sweat can be used to clean precious metals... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Top track! www.jackybullfrog.com

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
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