After suffering from a mild stroke and surviving an unexpected head injury, Dickey Betts is ready to bounce back and celebrate his 75th birthday.

The Allman Brothers Band co-founder recently told his local newspaper – the Sarasota Herald-Tribune – that he will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 12, “surrounded by loved ones” at his Florida home.

“Happy 75th, Dad, and many more to come. I am so grateful your recovery is going smoothly,” Betts’ son Duane Betts told his father via the newspaper. (The younger Betts is currently working on an album with fellow ABB offspring Devon Allman under the name The Allman Betts Band.)

Dickey Betts will also be featured on an upcoming episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather, airing on Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. on AXS.

“Over the many years that Dickey and I have worked together, he has become less of a client, and more of a very dear, and treasured friend,” Betts’ longtime manager David Spero told the Herald-Tribune. “It’s only proper that, just after his 75th birthday, Dan Rather is giving him the ‘star’ treatment that he richly deserves, and desperately hides from.