Chuck Ruff (1951 - 2011)

October 14, 2011 by sammyhagar
Chuck Ruff (1951 - 2011)
Photo Credit: Alan M. Poulin

I lost one of my old bandmates, Chuck Ruff today. 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.

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Jimmy D.'s picture

Sammy - Why did Chuck bag on you so much while he was alive? At during an interview he said some shit. And also in the book Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer, Trower: Their Lives and Music he doesn't miss a chance to get a shot in at you. Was there bad blood between you two? I know how it gets, I've got guys that are like brothers to me and we got sideways with each other and then we make up. But a lot of dust gets kicked up during the inbetween. Chuck was a BMF. From the sounds of it, he was a jealous dude. Anyways, sorry for your loss, sorry for all of music's loss with Chuck passing away.

God Bless You Sam!

Jimmy D.
Dallas, TX

rojking's picture

Very sorry for your loss. I have a friend that works for me that was his drum tech on the danger zone tour i believe, and he was very upset when he told me the news today.

vh51501cr8zmfr's picture

Deepest sympathies to Chuck's family and loved ones. Sorry to hear of your loss Sammy.

themay_or's picture


Very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and Chuck's family and friends. May all of you find comfort and peace through this difficult time.


johnnybeane's picture

Sorry to hear this Sammy.
I lost a friend a few days ago.
Hope they are in a better place.

Mink's picture

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are out to Chuck's family and friends. I have to say during your Capital years Danger Zone and Street Machine are a couple of my favorites. I will play them in his memory!

Mandy Buck's picture

Sammy sorry about your loss my thoughts and prayers of with you and his family

azure.s's picture

I hate it when people up and leave like that.
I'm sorry he had to go. Feel better, Sam.
He probably had a good life.

jdmpjm's picture

Sorry for your loss Sammy. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

lindaf062's picture

I am sorry to hear it, my condolences to you and the family. Everyone of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.