January 26, 2017 – Butch Trucks, co-founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died in West Palm Beach, Florida from self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. He was 69 at the time of his death.
Born Claude Hudson Trucks in Jacksonville, Florida on May 11, 1947. He started playing drums in the eighth grade and formed the Allman Brothers Band with Gregg and Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley and “Jaimoe” Johanson in 1969
In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine named Trucks along with fellow Allman Brothers Band percussionist “Jaimoe” Johanson, one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time. The two played drums side by side throughout the band’s nearly 50-year history.
Since the band’s retirement in 2014, Trucks played with his band Butch Trucks and the Freight Train, which included his son, Vaylor, on lead guitar. Trucks played his last show on January 6, and the group was scheduled for more shows this spring.