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Police: Allman Brothers drummer Trucks killed himself

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/1/2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police reports show that Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks killed himself in front of his wife.

The West Palm Beach police report released Wednesday shows that the 69-year-old Trucks shot himself in the head Jan. 27 at his home.

Trucks was one of two original drummers who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Trucks joined with the Allman siblings to form the band, including guitarist Dickey Betts and bassist Berry Oakley. They moved to Macon, Georgia, to cut their first record with Capricorn Records.

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