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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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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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Died On This Date (May 20, 2012) Robert Nix / Drummer For Atlanta Rhythm Section

Posted by themusicsover on May 20, 2012

Robert Nix
November 8, 1944 – May 20, 2012

Robert Nix was the original drummer for popular American Southern Rock band, Atlanta Rhythm Section.  Formed in 1971, the band went on to release several best-selling albums that helped define American rock music of the ’70s.  Their biggest success came with 1978’s Champagne Jam, which included the popular single of the same name, sold over 1 million copies and reached #7 on the charts.  Nix had a hand in writing “Champagne Jam” along with several of the band’s other records.  Nix left the group in 1979, but continued to make music.  Prior to his run in ARS, Nix played in Roy Orbison’s band, the Candyman, for the better part of five years during the ’60s.  Nix can also be heard on the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, “Tuesday’s Gone.”  Robert Nix was 67 when he passed away on May 20, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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