May 25, 1951-October 14, 2011
Chuck Ruff, drummer for the Edgar Winter Group and various other bands/artists, died on Friday October 14, 2011. The cause of death is said to be from a long time illness. Ruff was 60 years old. Ruff was the drummer for the Edgar Winter Group when they formed in late 1972. The band's original line-up consisted of Winter, Ruff, guitarist Ronnie Montrose, and guitarist/bassist/singer Dan Hartman. The band's debut album, They Only Come Out At Night, was a huge success spawning hit singles out of "Free Ride" and "Frankenstein". The band would make another two albums, with Rick Derringer replacing Montrose. Although Winter dropped the name, Ruff would continue to play for Winter every so often. Ruff also played for Sammy Hagar's first few albums. Speaking of which, Hagar himself made a statement saying,
"I lost one of my old bandmates, Chuck Ruff. Chuck was my drummer on Danger Zone and Street Machine and many many live tours together. I have only memories of great times and great music with Chuck. My condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones."