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Butch Trucks RIP

Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69.

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-01-26

Butch TrucksClaude Hudson "Butch" Trucks was born May 11, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida. As a teenager he played in a number of cover bands, and the big time arrived in 1969 when Duane Allman recruited him for a new band. He joined fellow drummer Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson as the rock-solid part of a rhythm section that became legendary. He remained with the group until its final dissolution in 2014.

Trucks came from a musical family, with many well-known musicians, including nephew Derek Trucks, who co-leads the Tedeschi-Trucks band and other nephew Duane Trucks, who is the drummer of Widespread Panic. In addition to playing with the Allmans, Trucks led his own Freight Train band.


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Related artist(s): The Allman Brothers Band

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