Butch Trucks
Butch Trucks

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Name: Butch Trucks
Occupation: Drummer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: May 11, 1947
Age: 75
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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Butch Trucks

Butch Trucks was born on May 11, 1947 in United States (75 years old). Butch Trucks is a Drummer, zodiac sign: Taurus. Find out Butch Trucksnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He was the uncle of singer and guitarist Derek Trucks.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$-$1 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He began his musical career with a Florida band called The Vikings.

Biography Timeline


Claude Hudson Trucks was born on May 11, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida. His father was an optician. He first discovered his talent at drumming when prompted by a band director at Ribault junior high: "The band director gave three of us sticks and said, 'Play me something,'" he recalled. He then attended Jean Ribault High School, where he was made first chair as a freshman. Trucks was in two bands before later graduating from Englewood High School in 1965: The Vikings, who released one 7-inch in 1964, and the Echoes, which mainly played Beatles covers. Trucks attended Florida State University for one year; he once said he "majored in staying out of Vietnam." His grades suffered from poor attendance and he was kicked out.


During this time, Trucks formed a band, the Bitter Ind., with two high school friends. The group played covers of Bob Dylan, the Byrds, and the Lovin' Spoonful. They relocated to Daytona Beach in hopes of finding greater success, but were often turned away by owners because their patrons were unable to dance to the music. At one club, he met members of the Allman Joys, including brothers Duane and Gregg Allman. The band changed their name to the 31st of February fearing legal action from New York nightclub The Bitter End. The band signed a deal with Vanguard Records, and their self-titled debut album was released in 1968. The group briefly toured with the Allmans under various names, recording demos later released in 1972 as Duane & Greg Allman.


Tired of his then-middling music career, Trucks pondered going back to school to study mathematics. In 1969, he was invited to join a new project headed by Duane Allman, who had secured a record deal with Atlantic Records. Allman introduced Trucks to Jai Johanny Johanson (Jaimoe), who also would be a drummer in the band. Together, the two developed a rhythmic drive that would prove crucial to the band. Trucks laid down a powerful conventional beat while the jazz-influenced Johanson added a second layer of percussion and ad libitum cymbal flourishes, seamlessly melded into one syncopated sound. Said founding member and co-lead guitarist Dickey Betts of Trucks' addition to the original band lineup, "...When Butch came along, he had that freight train, meat-and-potatoes kind of thing that set Jaimoe up perfectly. He had the power thing we needed." The group became the Allman Brothers Band, who began touring heavily and released their first, self-titled album later that November. Trucks continued to record and perform with the Allman Brothers Band until they disbanded in 2014.


Trucks was related to other famous musicians: his nephew, guitarist Derek Trucks, is one of the co-founders of the Tedeschi Trucks Band and joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1999. Another nephew, Duane Trucks (Derek's younger brother), plays drums for Widespread Panic and Hard Working Americans. Trucks' oldest son, guitarist Vaylor Trucks, is part of a trio called The Yeti Trio based in Atlanta, Georgia. Butch Trucks was a nephew of Virgil Trucks, a Major League Baseball pitcher and coach.


Trucks had a long interest in philosophy and literature. In 2005, The New York Times Book Review published a letter from Trucks criticizing writer Roy Blount, Jr.'s reference to Duane as "one of these churls" in a review of Splendor in the Short Grass: The Grover Lewis Reader. The letter further criticized Grover Lewis for his 1971 Rolling Stone article about the band, which Trucks wrote made the members look like uneducated characters who spoke in dialogue "taken directly from Faulkner."


Along with Allman Brothers band members Johanson, Betts, and Gregg Allman, Trucks was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against UMG Recordings. The suit, initiated in 2008, sought $10 million over royalties from compact disk sales and digital downloads services such as Apple's iTunes. Trucks saw the license given to users for downloads as legally unsound. Trucks embraced Internet technology for the group and planned to use Moogis.com (now defunct) to make the Web a real venue for the Allman Brothers and other jam bands. In the Brothers' later years, he helped connect them to the extended jamband scene. In 2013, he formed the Roots Rock Revival master camp experience.


In 2015, Trucks performed at two festivals with a band billed as Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends. This band evolved into a band called Les Brers which was led by Trucks and also featured other former Allman Brothers Band members including his longtime drumming partner Johanson. He also performed with a band called Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band.


Police reports confirmed that Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on January 24, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69 "reportedly after years of financial strife".

Family Life

Butch and his wife Melinda had several children, including a son, Vaylor Trucks, who became a musician.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Butch Trucks is 75 years, 6 months and 16 days old. Butch Trucks will celebrate 76th birthday on a Thursday 11th of May 2023. Below we countdown to Butch Trucks upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

71st birthday - Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Butch Trucks: The Freight Train Band Plays The Funky Biscuit In 2016

Watch one of legendary drummer Butch Trucks' last shows in honor of what would have been the late Allman Brothers Band co-founding member's 71st birthday.

Butch Trucks 71st birthday timeline
70th birthday - Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Tribute To Butch Trucks On His 70th Birthday, With Thoughts On Col. Bruce Hampton

While "legends" in their own realm, Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton were staple spirits to the community of Rock and Roll.

Butch Trucks 70th birthday timeline
69th birthday - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Happy Birthday Butch Trucks: With BHLT In 1983

For drummer Butch Trucks’ 69th birthday today, watch him perform in a supergroup alongside his The Allman Brothers Band mates Dickey Betts, Chuck Leavell and others.

Butch Trucks 69th birthday timeline

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