Butch Trucks, one of the two drummers for the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has died.
Trucks, 69, died on Jan. 24 at his home in Florida, reports Rolling Stone. The death was confirmed by the drummer’s booking agent, Page Stallings, who said the cause of death is currently unknown.
“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,” Stallings said in a statement. “Butch will play on in our hearts forever.”
The West Palm Beach Police department said foul play is not suspected, the Daily Mail notes.
The Allman Brothers are widely considered to be the inventors of “Southern rock.” Trucks and bandmate Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson were included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
According to the band’s biography “One Way Out,” founding members Duane and Gregg Allman wanted two drummers because Otis Redding and James Brown had dual-drummer bands.
In the book, guitarist Dicky Betts is quoted as saying, “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.”
Gregg Allman responded to the news of Trucks’ death. “I’m heartbroken. I’ve lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I’m going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch.”
The group’s self-titled 1969 debut album contains the song “Whipping Post,” which quickly became a classic. Their double-live 1971 album “At Fillmore East” is one of the most famous concert recordings ever made. As record producer Steve Feigenbaum of Wayside Music put it, that album “set the template for jam bands for the next 45 years.”
The group’s biggest hit was “Ramblin’ Man,” released in 1973 following the deaths of guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley, who both died in motorcycle accidents.
Sources: Rolling Stone, Daily Mail, Wayside Music / Photo credit: Carl Lender/Wikimedia Commons