Jessica – The Alllman Brothers Band

Definitely one of the finest guitar instrumentals ever.  Written by Dicky Betts and Les Dudek the song originally appeared on the 1973 Allman Brothers album  ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and clocks in at 7 minutes 30 seconds.  The tune was named after Betts daughter Jessica Betts  and was intended as a tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

On the original the guitars were played by Betts and Dudek,  keyboards by Gregg Allman (Hammond organ) and Chuck Leavell (Grand Piano – Note –  Leavell played piano on the Clapton Unplugged CD & DVD) with Lamar Williams (Bass), Butch Trucks (drums) and Jaimoe (percussion).

Many would remember the song as the theme tune to the BBC TV motoring programme  ‘Top Gear’.

The song won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental performance.

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