Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band Founding Member, Dead at 69

Butch Trucks, founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69. Larry Hulst/Getty

Butch Trucks, one of the Allman Brothers Band‘s founding drummers, died on Tuesday. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks’ booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician’s death to Rolling Stone, but said a cause of death is currently unknown.

Alongside drummer and percussionist Jai “Jaimoe” Johnny Johanson, Trucks helped lay the swinging foundation for southern-rock drumming. Jamoe once asked Duane Allman why he wanted two drummers in the group, according to the Allman Brothers biography One Way Out, and the guitarist referenced Otis Redding and James Brown’s dual-drummer bands.

“Jaimoe was a real good drummer, but more of a pocket guy … he wasn’t really able…