Butch Trucks, Founding Member of Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69
Drummer Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers Band, has died. He was 69.
Page Stallings, Trucks’ booking agent, said Trucks died Tuesday at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Stallings didn’t know the cause of death.
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 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.
In a statement released Wednesday, Gregg…