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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 (February 21, 2011) Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell / Legendary Roadie For The Allman Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on February 21, 2011

Joseph Campbell
March 27, 1942 – February 21, 2011

Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell was the beloved longtime roadie for the Allman Brothers Band.  While in college after returning for Vietnam, Campbell was so moved by the electrifying guitar work in Aretha Franklin’s recording of “The Weight,” that he sought out the young guitar player, Duane Allman. And after seeing the Allmans perform, he offered to go to work for them.   He even went as far as to help support the band with his monthly disability checks during their lean early years.  Over the next 30-odd years, Campbell was a loyal and hard-working member of their crew.  He later wrote of his exploits in his memoirs,  The Legendary Red Dog: A Book Of Tails.  In the 2000 film Almost Famous, the roadie for the film’s fictional band, Stillwater was named Red Dog in honor of Campbell.  Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell died of cancer on February 21, 2011.  He was 68.

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Died On This Date (January 17, 2011) Don Kirshner / Influential Producer, Publisher & Television Host

Posted by themusicsover on January 17, 2011

Don Kirshner
April 17, 1934 -January 17, 2011

Don Kirshner was a music publisher, producer, songwriter-manager, and television host who rightfully earned the nickname, The Man With The Golden Ear.  His music career began during the ’50s when he and his partner, Al Nevins, launched Aldon Music, a publishing company that included such future superstar talent as Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Neil Sedaka.   Kirshner also owned three successful record labels during the early part of his career.  In the early ’60s, the creators of a new NBC television program enlisted Kirshner to provide songs for that show.  The influential sit-com followed the fictional adventures of an up-and-coming band as it bounced from one loony situation to another while performing catchy pop songs along the way.  The show was called The Monkees, and Kirshner brought songs like “I’m A Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and several others that would become hits that help define the era.  He later helped create an animated version of that same concept with The Archies. Then in 1973, Kirshner became a television star in his own right with the launch of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.  The late night show offered full live performances of songs by current rock stars, making it unique in a time where lip syncing on television was the norm.  For many rock music fans in a pre-MTV, pre-youtube era, it was THE only way to enjoy your favorite bands live.  Along with being executive producer, Kirshner introduced each act in a monotone manner that was later popularly parodied by Paul Shaffer on Saturday Night Live. The show’s premiere episode included the Rolling Stones and and the series continued at that pace hosting the likes of Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Rush, the Eagles, the Ramones, KISS, and Kansas.  It quickly became serious competition for other late night programs like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  The show ran until 1981.  Don Kirshner was 76 when he died of heart failure on January 17, 2011.

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Died On This Date (February 7, 1995) Billy Jones / The Outlaws

Posted by themusicsover on February 7, 2010

Billy Jones
November 20, 1949 – February 7, 1995

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Billy Jones was a founding guitarist for popular Southern rock band, the Outlaws.  You can hear Jones’ outstanding guitar work on such classic ’70s records as “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass & High Tides.”  The Outlaws’ guitar driven country rock made them just as vital to the growth of  Southern rock as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band were.    Jones left the Outlaws in 1981 and reportedly kept a very low profile until word surfaced that he killed himself with a gun shot to the head on February 7, 1995.  He was 45 when he died.

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Died On This Date (January 21, 1983) Lamar Willams / Allman Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on January 21, 2010

Lamar Williams
January 14, 1949 – January 21, 1983

lamar-williamsLamar Williams was the bassist for the Allman Brothers Band from 1972 to 1976, the peak of the band’s success.  He also played in the post-Allman Brothers’ group, Sea Level.  During Williams’ early days, he played with future Allman, Jaimoe, in a soul band called Sounds of Soul.  His career was briefly interrupted when he was drafted and sent off to Vietnam.  Shortly after his return, he joined the Allman Brothers Band, replacing original bassist, Berry Oakley who had died in a motorcycle accident.  In 1981, Williams was diagnosed with lung cancer, believed to have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam.  He was 34 when died as a result of it on January 21, 1983.

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