Allman Brothers Band Member & Co-Founder Dies At 69


Butch Trucksdrummer and co-founder of the iconic band The Allman Brothers, has unfortunately passed away at the age of 69. News of his death was confirmed by his rep, who informed Fox News that Trucks had passed away on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida, although his cause of death has yet to be clear.

“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,” his rep expressed. “Butch will play on in our hearts forever.”

An American rock band formed in 1969, The Allman Brothers, originally composed of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, left a heavy impact and on the genre, essentially shaping and molding the path that following artists ventured on their search for success. The band incorporated a wide variety of musical elements from opposing genres, such as blues, jazz, and country, creating an authentic sound that immediately snagged the attention of eager listeners and soon-to-be fans! The band’s debut album was self titled, remaining perhaps one of the most iconic and respectable album in music history while featuring one of their signature songs, “The Whipping Post”.

However, tragedy struck the band when members Duane Allman and Oakley were subsequently killed in two entirely separate motorcycle accidents, sending the men into grief over their lost brothers. Yet, the band pressed on and recruited Lamar Williams on bass, in addition to various other members throughout their reign. Releasing their album Brothers and Sisters, the men singlehandedly redefined an era of music, relying on a heavy country music vibe that took fans by storm!

It was in 1974 that the coveted band began to fall through the cracks, as various members began solo careers and struggles with outside substances and factors as the initial, fiery burn for success as a whole seemed to die out. Their following album, Win, Lose, or Draw, showcased the turmoil that the men had been experiencing, as it lacked the originality and key components that skyrocketed the band to unfathomable fame and success.

1978 became the devastating year in which the band decided to call it quits, sending the men in their own directions. However, the band did regroup on and off throughout the remaining years, producing various albums and receiving a variety of incredible awards and recognitions.

Formerly speaking of Truck, co-founder and co-lead guitarist Betts admitted, “…When Butch came along, he had that freight train, meat-and-potatoes kind of thing that set Jaimoe up perfectly. He had the power thing we needed.”

We are heartbroken to hear of Truck’s passing and will continue to keep his loved ones in our prayers.