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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 (August 16, 2005) Vassar Clements / Bluegrass Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 16, 2010

Vassar Clements
April 5, 1928 – August 16, 2005

Vassar Clements was an influential fiddler who, although mostly associated with bluegrass, also performed swing and jazz.  Self taught at the age of seven, it was only a matter of time before Clements successfully auditioned for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys.   He played and recorded with Monroe for the better part of seven years, after which he went off to become one of Nashville’s most in demand session fiddlers.  The list of artists he recorded with is staggering.  It includes Faron Young, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Jim & Jesse, the Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, the Monkees, Dickey Betts, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, and Jimmy Buffett.   Clements played on over 200 albums including nearly two dozen of his own.  In 2005, he won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Performance.  Vassar Clements died of cancer on August 16, 2005.  He was 77.

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Died On This Date (December 31, 2000) Eddy Shaver / Gifted Alt-Country Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 31, 2009

John “Eddy” Shaver
June 20, 1962 – December 31, 2000

Eddy Shaver was an electric guitarist, songwriter and son of legendary country-outlaw, Billy Joe Shaver with whom he performed as Shaver.  As a youngster, Shaver was given his first guitar and given lessons by Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers.  After growing into a fiery electric guitarist, Shaver played alongside such greats as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, his father.  As a songwriter, Shaver is best known for “Live Forever,” a song co-written with his father that has been recorded by the likes of the Highwaymen and Patty Loveless.  In the mid ’90s, Eddy teamed up with his father, Billy Joe to form the rock-leaning alt-country band, Shaver.  Together they released a handful of critically praised albums, including the excellent Tramp on Your Street.  On December 31, 2000, Eddy Shaver was scheduled to perform a New Years Eve show with his father, but never made it there.  He was dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 38.

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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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