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Died On This Date (March 30, 2017) Elyse Steinman / Guitarist For Raging Slab

Posted by themusicsover on March 30, 2017

Elyse Steinman
DOB Unknown – March 30, 2017

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Elyse Steinman is best remembered as the founding guitarist for the beloved New York City heavy rock band, Raging Slab.  Formed in 1983, Raging Slab found a sound that was drawn from equal parts early ’70s hard rock, and late ’70s punk rock.  By the late ’80s, they had built a sizable regional following and record companies began to take notice.  After releasing their debut, Assmaster, on a small independent punk label, major labels came knocking.  After a bidding frenzy, they ultimately signed with RCA in 1989. Soon, Guitar Player magazine was describing them as “Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Metallica,” and their fans couldn’t get enough.  Although their line-up changed quite a bit over the years, Steinman was always there pounding away on guitar.  Elyse Steinman died as a result of breast cancer on March 30, 2017.

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RIP, Butch Trucks (January 24, 2017) The Allman Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on January 24, 2017

Claude “Butch” Trucks
May 11, 1947 – January 25, 2017

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Butch Trucks was a founding drummer for legendary Southern rock band, the Allman Brothers Band.  Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Trucks first played in several local bands including the 31st of February before settling in with  Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Berry OakleyDickey Betts, and Jamoie Johanson as the Allman Brothers Band in 1969.  They went on to become one of the most influential rock bands America has ever produced.  Albums like The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East, and Eat A Peach are considered landmark recordings of the rock era.  Butch Trucks reportedly died from a gunshot to the head on January 24, 2017.  He was 69.

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Died On This Date (April 3, 2015) Bob Burns / Original Drummer For Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted by themusicsover on April 3, 2015

Bob Burns
November 4, 1950 – April 3,  2015

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Photo by Willis Reese III

Bob Burns is perhaps best remembered as the founding drummer of iconic Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Formed in 1964, the band would help create the foundation of a genre of music that married rock and roll with country and blues, and amped up the electric guitars.   The band slugged it out on the road in and around the southeast region of the U.S. until they got their break by getting signed to MCA Records in 1972.  The following year, they released their debut album, pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd, which included such future hits and Southern rock staples as “Gimme Three Steps,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” and of course, “Free Bird.” Burns also played on the band’s equally influential second album, Second Helping, before leaving in 1974 due to the stress of the lifestyle.  From time to time, Burns joined the band on stage for special occasions including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2006.  On April 3, 2015, Bob Burns died of injuries sustained when the car he was driving reportedly went off the road accidentally and struck a tree.  He was 64.

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Died On This Date (February 25, 2013) Dangerous Dan Toler / The Allman Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on February 25, 2013

Dan Toler
1948 –  February 25, 2013

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Dan Toler was an American guitarist who is perhaps best known for his years playing with the Allman Brothers Band.  Born in Indiana, Toler took up the guitar at a young age.  During the ’70s, he took up residence in Dickey Betts & Great Southern.  He played with Betts on his third album, Atlanta’s Burning Down.  The following year, he and Betts joined the Allman Brothers where he played on their “comeback” album, Enlightened Rogues, as well as Reach for the Sky and Brothers of the Road.  In later years, he played in the Gregg Allman Band, the Townsend Toler Band (with John Townsend), and the Renegades of Southern Rock.  Dan Toler was 65 when he died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease on February 25, 2013.

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Died On This Date (August 4, 2012) Stuart Swanlund / Marshall Tucker Band Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on August 29, 2012

Stuart Swanlund
April 3, 1958 – August 4, 2012

Stuart Swanlund was a guitarist who is best remembered as the longtime slinger for southern rock legends, the Marshall Tucker Band.  Joining the group in 1985, Swanlund held the longest tenure outside of founding member, Doug Gray.  He can be heard on such albums as Southern Spirit, Still Smokin’, and Walk Outside The Lines.  Swanlund also played in Chicago rock band, Tone Generators.   Stuart Swanlund was 54 when he reportedly died in his sleep of natural causes.  He was preceded in death by other Marshall Tucker Band members, George McCorckle, Tommy Caldwell, Toy Caldwell, Frankie Toler, and Bruce Waibel.

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