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Betton, Matt

He is a drummer, saxophonist and songwriter who is the son of the acclaimed band and orchestra leader of the same name.

He was the drummer for Sonny & Cher in the 1960s and in 1976 he recorded the debut album with the Alpha Band as an extra member after they came to light in Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue.

He has appeared as a musician with many bands including as a member of the Coral Reefer Band for over ten years and with Jimmy Buffett he wrote “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On” which was about New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina Disaster.

Albums he has appeared on include Take the Weather With You, Coconut Telegraph, Riddles in the Sand and Boats, Floridays, Somewhere Over China, Last Mango in Paris, Beaches Bars & Ballads by Jimmy Buffett , Greatest Hits Vol. 1, Major Moves, Wild Streak and Montana Cafi by Hank Williams Jr., Legacy 1961-2002 by Glen Campbell , Strait Out Of The Box and Greatest Collection by George Strait , My Best to You by Reba McEntire, Country Rap by The Bellamy Brothers, Best Years of My Life by Eddie Rabbitt, Nashville Rebel, Hangin’ Tough and Will the Wolf Surive? by Waylon Jennings and Sonny & Cher: Live and All I Ever Need by Sonny & Cher.

Here’s “Space Captain” from Matthew Moore’s album The Sport of Guessing on which Matt Betton performs…