Passings: Bruce Crump, Original Drummer of Molly Hatchet (1957 - 2015)

Bruce Crump, the original drummer for Molly Hatchet from 1976 to 1983 and 1984 to 1990, died Monday at the age of 57. No cause of death has been announced.

The band wrote their condolences on their Facebook page:
Crump was an original member of the band when it formed in 1976 as they played the Florida roadhouse circuit prior to signing with Epic Records. They released their self-titled debut album in 1978, going to number 64 and eventually receiving a Platinum award.

Their second album, Flirtin' With Disaster, would prove to be their biggest hit, peaking at 19 on the Billboard Albums chart and selling over three-million copies.

Crump would be with the group for two more albums (Beatin' the Odds (1980) and Take No Prisoners (1981)) before leaving in 1983 to move to Manitoba and record with the band Streethearts. He would return to Molly Hatchet for the albums The Deed is Done (1984) and Lightning Strikes Twice (1989) before leaving the band for good in 1990.

Over the next 25 years, Crump played in a number of different groups along with giving drum lessons. At the time of his death he was in both the band White Rhino and a reformed China Sky. The latter wrote on their Facebook page:

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