Drummer Butch Trucks Dies

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer and co-founder of the Southern Rock band The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks died in his West Palm Beach home January 24 at the age of 69. The official cause of death is not known at this time.

Trucks formed what became known as The Allman Brothers Band with Greg and Duane Allman in Florida in 1969. Trucks was one of two drummers carried by the band that were used to create the complex rhythms in their music.

After The Allman Brothers Band retired Trucks formed Butch Trucks and the Freight Train.

Trucks is also the uncle of Derek Trucks – front man for the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks. Son Vaylor is a member of the Yeti Trio.

He was born Claude Hudson Trucks on May 11, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida, but it was in Daytona Beach where Trucks met Allman brothers Duane and Gregg and formed the core for The Allman Brothers Band. Jai “Jaimoe” Johnny Johanson, Dickey Betts, and Berry Oakley filled out the band.

Prior to joining The Allman Brothers, Trucks performed with the Viking, the echoes, the bitter Ind, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphonette, and varius ensembles at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

The third of the original band members to die, Trucks is survived by his wife Melinda , children, and grandchildren.

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