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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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Died On This Date (October 12, 2011) Taz DiGregorio / Charlie Daniels Band

Posted by themusicsover on October 12, 2011

Joel “Taz” DiGregorio
1944 – October 12, 2011

Taz DiGregorio is perhaps best remembered as the keyboardist for the iconic country southern rock outfit, the Charlie Daniels Band.  A member of the internationally famous group for over 40 years, DiGregorio also handled backing vocals and co-wrote many of the band’s hits, including “Simple Man,” “The Legend Of Wooley Swamp,” and their signature song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”  As reported by A Taste of Country, Taz DiGregorio died of injuries sustained in a single car accident on October 12, 2011.  He was 67.  The group’s Tommy Crain passed away in 2011 as well.

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Died On This Date (June 4, 2011) Frankie Toler / Acclaimed Southern Rock Drummer

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2011

David “Frankie” Toler
DOB Unknown – June 4, 2011

Frankie Toler was a rock drummer who, over the course of his career, played with the Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts,  and the Marshall Tucker Band.  He joined his brother, guitarist Dan Toler in the Allman Brothers in 1981 and stayed for the next year or so.  They both played on the group’s 1981 release, Brothers On The Road.  The brothers then went on to perform with Gregg Allman for several years, and played on his landmark I’m No Angel album of 1986.  Frankie played in the Marshall Tucker Band from 1992 to 1994, playing on their Walk Outside The Line album.  He also made a couple of albums with his brother.  Toler continued to stay active until he needed a two liver transplants in 2009.  Thankfully the local Southern Rock community joined together and played to raise money to help offset his medical bills.   Frankie Toler was 59 when he passed away in hospice care on June 4, 2011.

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Died On This Date (March 14, 2011) Ronnie Hammond / Atlanta Rhythm Section

Posted by themusicsover on March 14, 2011

Ronnie Hammond
DOB Unknown – March 14, 2011

Ronnie Hammond was the lead singer for successful southern rock band, the Atlanta Rhythm Section.  The group itself was born out of a group of in-demand studio musicians from the Atlanta, Georgia area.  When the band was recording their first album in 1972, Hammond happened to show up at the studio as an assistant  engineer, and once the guys heard him sing, they asked him to join the band.  Hammond sang for ARS on their first six albums, during their peak years.  In 1978, they released Champagne Jam which included the popular single of the same name.   It would become their biggest hit and take them from playing clubs and into arenas and stadiums.  In August of that same year, the band was invited by President Jimmy Carter to play at the White House.  Hammond left the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career.  He reunited with them in 1988 and continued on for the next decade or so.   On March 14, 2011, Ronnie Hammond died of heart failure.  He was 60.

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