" is a 1973 song
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by The Allman Brothers Band
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, featured on their album Brothers and Sisters
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. It was written by Dickey Betts
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, who also sang lead vocals.
The song, based on a 1951 song of the same name
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by Hank Williams, was The Allman Brothers Band's first and only top ten single, topping out at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100
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chart; it was held out of first place by Gregg's
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future wife Cher
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"Half-Breed" is a song recorded by Cher and released as a single in 1973. On October 6, 1973, it became Cher's second U.S. number one hit as a solo artist, similarly becoming her second solo single to hit the top spot in Canada on the same date....
". The song is sung by Betts and also features his lead guitar
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work, with support from session musician
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. 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
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, and more specifically southern rock
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and has been featured in several movies, including The Exorcist
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, Big Fish
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, 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 game
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s Rock Band 2
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and Guitar Hero World Tour
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. 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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, in the premiere episode, and season four episode In the Beginning.
Cover versions include one by country
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musician Gary Stewart
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, who had a minor hit with the song in 1973.
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|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary
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