EXPIRED: 10/05/11 – Chuck Ruff, 60, played drums in the rock group Sawbuck with Ronnie Montrose from 1968–1970. Ruff and Montrose were later recruited by Dan Hartman to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972. Success was immediate, with their first album. Released in 1973, They Only Come Out at Night peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. The single, an instrumental called “Frankenstein,” reached No. 1 with the follow-up single “Free Ride”, peaking at No. 14. Both songs are still heard today on variousTV ads and movie soundtracks.
Their next album, Shock Treatment, replaced Montrose with guitar hero Rick Derringer and featured the moderate hit “Easy Street”. Ruff survived various lineup changes through three more albums: Jasmine Nightdreams in ’75, and The Edgar Winter Group With Rick Derringer and Johnny and Edgar Winter Live, both released in ’76.
In 1977, Ruff drummed with Sammy Hagar on the singer’s albums Street Machine and Danger Zone, and helped 20 year old Seattle guitarist Adam Bomb start his career by providing the backbeat for his debut.
In the 90s, he retired to Reno, Nevada to start the Chuck Ruff Group and his last project, Geezersläw. He died in San Francisco after a surgery and a subsequent coma.