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The music world is mourning the loss of Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Butch Trucks, who died Tuesday at the age of 69.
Classic rock staples and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Allman Brothers Band made its musical debut back in 1969 and has influenced countless groups in the decades since.
Bandmate Greg Allman released a statement about the late singer, saying, “I’m heartbroken. I’ve lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I’m going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch.”
Steve Gorman, drummer for next-generation Southern rockers The Black Crowes, also had a few words to say. “Butch did everything just right,” Gorman tells Billboard. “Never over- or under-played, never pushed or pulled too much. Butch always served the music first, while somehow still managing to impose his own will and his own driving style into everything he played.
“At the center of all the swirling magic of The Allman Brothers, Butch Trucks was the eye of the storm, leading from the back seat in the exact manner to which we should all aspire,” Gorman continues. “I have taken as much from Butch’s bag as I have any other drummer. It always sounds so trite when trying to put thoughts like these into words. Butch Trucks’ drumming is of course much better served being felt and heard, so we should probably all shut up put on some ABB. Rest in peace, sir.”
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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