Allman Brothers Band – “Ramblin’ Man” Live
They’re Always Having A Good Time!
“Ramblin’ Man” was written by Dickey Betts and recorded by The Allman Brothers Band on October 1972. It was released as the lead single on September 1973 for their fourth studio album “Brothers and Sisters.” The inspiration came from the “Ramblin’ Man” song by American singer-songwriter Hank Williams.
- Number 1 in the US Cashbox Top 100
- Number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100
- Number 12 in the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary
It is considerably more inspired by country music than other Allman Brothers Band compositions, which made the group reluctant to record it. Guitarist Les Dudek provides guitar harmonies, and it was one of bassist Berry Oakley’s last contributions to the band.
It took Betts a year to finish working on the song although he penned all the lyrics in only twenty minutes! Part of the song has been featured in the movie “The Exorcist” released in 1973. It appeared in the scene where the priest was inside the bar.
AllMusic writes that “the chorus is perhaps the catchiest and prettiest hook in all of Southern rock”. Robert Christgau called the tune “miraculous”.
We all have to agree, it’s an epic chorus!