Today we note with sadness two deaths: the actress Mary Tyler Moore, and the drummer Butch Trucks.

Mary Tyler Moore was a beloved figure in American popular culture, and rightly so: she was gifted, beautiful, charming, funny, intelligent, decent, and magnetically appealing. She touched nothing that she did not adorn, and I think I speak for everyone of my generation when I say it hurts to know she is gone.

I’ll miss Butch Trucks, too; the Allman Brothers were a hell of a band, and he was a big part of the reason why. I never got to meet him or work with him, but I’ve heard he was a mighty nice guy.

We’ll be seeing plenty of Mary Tyler Moore over the next few days, so I won’t worry about finding links here. (Go and watch a few episodes of the old Dick Van Dyke Show in her memory.)

For you drummers out there though, here’s a clip of Butch Trucks, explaining how to play Whipping Post.

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  1. Whitewall says

    I just listened to the link and enjoyed it immensely! Thanks. I went and dug out my Allman Bros. Beginnings LP and listened to the whole thing. It has been a while. I forgot how energetic and rolling the drum parts were and always within the tune, never overpowering or over assertive. I do miss those days…at least parts of them. Back then, following the Brothers was nearly a cultural necessity!

    Posted January 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
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  3. Malcolm says

    Yes, I heard that yesterday myself. The details seem quite unpleasant, in fact.

    Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  4. Whitewall says

    One year earlier than so many: http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/geoff-nicholls-black-sabbath-keyboardist-dies-at-68/ar-AAmlDYl?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

    Posted January 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink