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Butch Trucks, Founding Member Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dies At 69

PALM BEACH, FL (CelebrityAccess) — Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, has passed away. He was 69.

A rep for the Allman Brothers confirmed Trucks' passing with a note on their website and social media, saying Trucks had died on Jan. 24th in Palm Beach, Fl. but did not elaborate on the cause of death.

Trucks, along with fellow band members Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley and Jai Johanson came together to form the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Both Trucks and Johanson were drummers, giving the band an unusual configuration that helped to define their sound.

"But 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," Dickey Betts told Guitarworld in a 2007 interview.

Trucks continued to record and perform with the Allman Brothers until they disbanded in 2014.

In 2015, Trucks did the summer festival circuit with a band billed as Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends. The initial success of the group led to a more permanent configuration, Les Brers, which included Otiel Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, Jaimoe, Jack Pearson, Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz, and Lamar Williams Jr.

Trucks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Allman Brothers Band in 1994.

Trucks is survived by his wife, Melinda, four children and four grandchildren.

Donations and remembrances in Butch’s name may be made to The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia. – Staff Writers