1975 Joan Baez – Blue Sky (US: #57)

1975_Joan_Baez_Blue_SkyBlue Sky is a song by the American rock band the Allman Brothers Band from their third studio album, Eat a Peach (1972), released on Capricorn Records. The song was written and sung by guitarist Dickey Betts, who penned it about his girlfriend (and later wife), Sandy “Bluesky” Wabegijig. The track is notable as one of guitarist Duane Allman’s final recorded performances with the group. The song is notably more country-inspired than many songs in the band’s catalogue.

His debut as a vocalist for the band, Dickey Betts composed “Blue Sky” about his Native American girlfriend, Sandy “Bluesky” Wabegijig, whom he later married. The lyrics leave out any references to gender to make it nonspecific: “Once I got into the song I realized how nice it would be to keep the vernaculars—he and she—out and make it like you’re thinking of the spirit, like I was giving thanks for a beautiful day. I think that made it broader and more relatable to anyone and everyone,” he later said.Betts initially wanted the band’s lead vocalist, Gregg Allman, to sing the song, but guitarist Duane Allman encouraged him to sing it himself: “Man, this is your song and it sounds like you and you need to sing it.” An embryonic version of the song can be found on the fan bootleg, The Gatlinburg Tapes, a recording of the band jamming in April 1971 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The song was one of Duane Allman’s last recorded performances with the band. “As I mixed songs like “Blue Sky,” I knew, of course, that I was listening to the last things that Duane ever played and there was just such a mix of beauty and sadness, knowing there’s not going to be any more from him,” said Johnny Sandlin

Album

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Musicians

Bass  Wilton Felder
Drums  Jim Gordon
Guitar  Dean Parks
Guitar  Larry Carlton
Pedal Steel Guitar  Red Rhodes
Acoustic Guitar  Larry Carlton
Acoustic Guitar  Joan Baez
Hammond Organ  Joe Sample
Piano  David Paich
Percussion  Jim Gordon

Produced By

David Kershenbaum
Joan Baez

Songwriters

Dickey Betts

Charts

US:#57
UK:# –