Butch Trucks’ booking agent Page Stallings affirmed the death of the co-founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band. Born Jacksonville, Fla., Claude Hudson Trucks began the Allman Brothers Band with Duane and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley and Jai Johanny Johanson. That took after a residency in school at Florida State in which Trucks said he “majored in staying out of Vietnam,” as per Rolling Stone. While there, he framed a band called the Bitter End, and, in the wake of playing a show in Daytona Beach, Trucks met Duane and Gregg Allman.
When they set up for a string of March 1971 shows that would deliver At Fillmore East, the Allman Brothers Band had turned into an improvisational juggernaut, mixing kinds and styles without any difficulty. Trucks recounted, “We were finally starting to catch up with what we were listening to. We had lived together. We got in trouble together. We all just moved as a unit. And then, when we got onstage to play, that’s what it was all about, and it just happened to all come together that weekend.”
At that point, disaster struck that October, as Duane kicked the bucket in a 1971 cruiser crash. Trucks filled in as a steadying power, settling the gathering. They finished 1972’s Eat a Peach, then bounced back with the platinum 1973 collection Brothers and Sisters, however it was difficult.
Johanson, who filled in as the gathering’s second drummer, would leave the lineup in the ’80s, however Trucks remained a stalwart part. In their best minutes, the combine gave something one of a kind to the Allman Brothers Band sound. “Jaimoe was a real good drummer, but more of a pocket guy. He wasn’t really able to handle the power,” Dicky Betts said in the band account One Way Out. “We required Butch, who had that drive and quality, cargo prepare, meat-and-potatoes thing. It set Jaimoe up flawlessly.”
After the Allman Brothers Band left the street in 2014, Trucks focused on work the Freight Train Band. The lineup, which had another round of dates set for March, included Berry Oakley Jr., child of Allmans’ late helping to establish bassist. Trucks likewise drove the Les Brers extend, which highlighted different band graduated class, and led a progression of Allmans-related super sticks.