Blue Sky (song)

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"Blue Sky"
Song by The Allman Brothers Band from the album Eat a Peach
Released February 12, 1972
Recorded September 1971 at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Southern rock, country-rock
Length 5:09
Label Capricorn
Writer Dickey Betts
Producer Tom Dowd

"Blue Sky" is the eighth track on the Allman Brothers Band's Eat a Peach double album. Dickey Betts composed it about his Native American girlfriend, Sandy "Bluesky" Wabegijig, whom he later married. For a time following their 1975 divorce, he refused to perform the work.

Allman Brothers guitarists Duane Allman and Betts alternate playing the song's lead, Allman's solo beginning 1:07 in, Betts joining in a shared melody line at 2:28, followed by Betts' solo at 2:37.

While Duane Allman died before Eat a Peach's release, the Band played the song live several times before and after the album's studio version was recorded. Only one of these performances, recorded live during a September 19, 1971, concert at S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook, has been released by the band; several bootleg recordings from other shows circulate.

"Blue Sky" was Dickey Betts' debut as lead vocalist with the Allman Brothers Band. He had previously composed the instrumental "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and the song "Revival," on which Gregg Allman sang the lead vocal. The song has been covered several times, perhaps the best known being Joan Baez's on her 1975 album Diamonds & Rust, also released as a single.

Two versions of "Blue Sky" are being performed as of 2012: An Allman Brothers take on the SUNY Stony Brook/Eat a Peach original (with Warren Haynes on lead vocals, though Gregg Allman does them sometimes), and an arrangement which evolved between 1973 and 2001 played by Dickey Betts and his band Great Southern.