" is a 1973 song
by The Allman Brothers Band
, featured on their album Brothers and Sisters
. It was written by Dickey Betts
, who also sang lead vocals.. Songfacts
. Retrieved May 16, 2007.
The song, based on a 1951 song of the same name
by Hank Williams
, was The Allman Brothers Band's first and only top ten single, topping out at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
chart; it was held out of first place by Gregg's
future wife Cher
". The song is sung by Betts and also features his lead guitar
work, with support from session musician Les Dudek
. Allmusic Guide writes that "the chorus is perhaps the catchiest and prettiest hook in all of Southern rock".
The song forms part of the canon of American classic rock
, and more specifically southern rock
and has been featured in several movies, including The Exorcist
, Big Fish
, and When Harry Met Sally
Despite being the band's biggest chart hit, since the mid-seventies it has only rarely been performed live by the band. Betts has said the song's structure doesn't lend itself well to improvisation, a key aspect of the band's live performances.
The song is a playable track in the music video games Rock Band 2
and Guitar Hero World Tour
. The 5:13 master track used in each game features an extended slide solo to cover up the fade-out at the end of the album version.
The song was featured in the television series, Supernatural
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