Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band Founding Member And Drummer, Dead At 69
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:52:32
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Butch Truck, drummer and founding member of Allman Brothers Band, has passed away. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks' booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician's death. The cause of death is currently unknown.
A press release stated, "Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, tragically died the night of January 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and Road Crew survive Butch. The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch's friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss. Butch will play on in our hearts forever."
Donations and remembrances in Butch's name may be made to The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.
Trucks played drums for the Allman Brothers band alongside percussionist Jai "Jaimoe" Johanny Johanson. According to the Allman Brothers biography One Way Out, Jaimoe once asked Duane Allman why he wanted two drummers in the group, and the guitarist referenced Otis Redding and James Brown's dual-drummer bands.
Allman Brothers guitarist Dicky Betts said in the book, "Jaimoe was a real good drummer, but more of a pocket guy … he wasn't really able to handle the power. We needed Butch, who had that drive and strength, freight train, meat-and-potatoes thing. It set Jaimoe up perfectly." Trucks played drums for the band through the entirety of their existence.
Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1947. He started playing drums in the eighth grade and joined Jacksonville's Englewood High School band. His parents were strict Baptists and refused to buy him a drum kit until 11th grade when he promised never to play in an establishment that served liquor. In high school, he played in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Jacksonville Symphonette. He went on to attend Florida State University where, he "majored in staying out of Vietnam," and formed a group called the Bitter Ind.
At a Bitter Ind. gig in Daytona Beach, Trucks first met Gregg and Duane Allman. Duane later called Trucks and asked him to play drums at a gig. Three years later, they formed the Allman Brothers Band.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff