Butch Trucks, drummer with the Allman Brothers Band, dies at 69

Butch Trucks at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Butch Trucks, a drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the most prominent Southern rock groups, died Jan. 24 at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.

Page Stallings, Mr. Trucks’s booking agent, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed.

Mr. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for the Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.

Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Trucks joined with the Allman siblings to form the band, including guitarist Dickey Betts and bassist Berry Oakley. They moved to Macon, Ga., to cut their first record with Capricorn Records.

The two drummers melded their individual styles, with Mr. Trucks considered the straightforward, driving…