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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 (January 2, 2012) Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt / Played With Iron Butterfly & Captain Beyond

Posted by themusicsover on January 2, 2012

Larry Reinhardt
July 7, 1948 – January 2, 2012

Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt was a psychedelic rock guitarist who is most often recognized for his time spent playing in both Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond.  Born and raised in Florida, Reinhardt began playing professionally during the mid ’60s.  His earliest bands of note were the Thunderbeats, the Load, and the Second Coming which also included Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, and Reese Wynans.  Betts and Oakley would later play in the Allman Brothers Band while Wynans would go on to play with Stevie Ray Vaughan.  In 1970, Reinhardt replaced Erik Brann in Iron Butterfly and played on their Metamorphosis album released that same year. The following year, he helped form Captain Beyond which would ultimately include Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly, Bobby Caldwell of Rick Derringer and Johnny Winter fame, and Rod Evans who previously sang lead on such Deep Purple songs as “Hush.” The group released a handful of albums and built a sizable loyal cult following along the way.  Throughout the rest of his career, Reinhardt participated in Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond reunions while putting out a few albums of his own.  Reportedly suffering from multiple ailments, Larry Reinhardt passed away on January 2, 2012.  He was 63.

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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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Died On This Date (November 11, 1972) Berry Oakley / Allman Brothers

Posted by themusicsover on November 11, 2009

Raymond Berry Oakley
April 4, 1948 – November 11, 1972

berry-oakleyBerry Oakley was the founding bassist for legendary southern rock band, the Allman Brothers Band.  After moving to Florida from his hometown of Chicago, Oakley began playing with Dickey Betts.  The two soon hooked up to form the Allman Brothers with Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and Jamoie Johanson.  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.  Oakley’s bass skills are particularly evident on At Fillmore East’s “Whipping Post.”   Berry Oakley, 24, died of head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.  The crash occured just three blocks from where Duane Allman was killed in an earilly similar motorcycle crash just one year earilier.

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Eat a Peach (Deluxe Edition) - The Allman Brothers Band

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