The Second Coming (pre-Allman Brothers Band) – Jacksonville Florida (1969)

FrontCover1Mostly this bootleg is offered under the name “Allman Brothers Band”. That’s wrong !

This a really nice and rare live recording ny a group called “Second Coming”, foundesby Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley.

Dickey Betts, orn in West Palm Beach on December 12, 1943 and raised in Bradenton, Florida, Betts grew up in a musical family listening to traditional bluegrass, country music and Western swing. He started playing ukulele at five and, as his hands got bigger, moved on to mandolin, banjo, and guitar. At sixteen and feeling the need for something “a little faster”, he played in a series of rock bands on the Florida circuit, up the East Coast and into the Midwest before forming Second Coming with Berry Oakley in 1967. According to Rick Derringer, the “group called the Jokers” referenced in “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” was one of Betts’ early groups. (wikipedia)


But things changed in 1969:

Dickey Betts met Duane Allman … and the rest is history !

This album was recorded just four days after the legendary March 26, 1969 “Jacksonville Jam” where The Allman Brothers Band was founded.
But this is actually a “Second Coming” concert. Gregg Allman did not perform.

Alternate front + backcover:

And so here we hear an important part of the later Allman Brothers Band … The Allman Brothers Band in their embryonic phase … it’s a good soundoard recoding and listen to their roots.

Enjoy this rarity !


Dickey Betts (guitar, vocals)
Don Finney (saxophone)
Jai Johanny Johanson (Jaimoe) (drums)
Richard Hombre Price (bass)
Butch Trucks (drums)
Reese Wynans (organ)
Duane Allman (guitar, cocals

One more alternate front + backcover:

01. Don’t Want You No More (Hardn/Davis) 9.00
02. Rock Me Baby (King/Taub) 2.07
03. Crossroads (Johnson) 3.12
04. Born In Chicago (Gravenites) 5.36
05. Willie Jean Jam (Oakley/Trucks/Betts/Allman/Johanson/Wynans) 10.58
06. Born Under A Bad Sign (Bell/Jones) 3.31
07. She Has Funny Cars (Kaukonen/Balin) 8.04
08. Hey Joe (Roberts) 10.52
09. New Shoes Blues (Oakley/Trucks/Betts/Allman/Johanson/Wynans) 11.29
10. Travellin’ Music Jam (Oakley/Trucks/Betts/Allman/Johanson/Wynans) 13.49



One more another alternate front + backcover: