Chuck Ruff (musician)

Chuck Ruff (Musician)

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Chuck Ruff (born May 25, 1951) is an American rock drummer most prominently known for his drum duet with Edgar Winter and The Edgar Winter Group in the No. 1 hit instrumental "Frankenstein".


Ruff was born in Reno, Nevada on May 25, 1951 and played in the rock group Sawbuck with Ronnie Montrose and Bill Church from 1968–1970. Ruff and Montrose later joined Edgar Winter with Dan Hartman to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972. It was with this band that he had his biggest successes: first with the album They Only Come Out at Night (1973), featuring "Frankenstein" which reached No. 1 in the U.S. in May 1973, and the top 15 single "Free Ride", which reached No. 14 that same year. The album Shock Treatment, which featured the song "Easy Street", was also successful.

In 1977, Ruff joined Sammy Hagar and performed on the albums Street Machine (1979) and Danger Zone (1979), including the song "Bad Reputation" which is in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

As of 2009, Ruff is living and performing with the Chuck Ruff Group in Reno, Nevada.

Ruff has played Gretsch Drums all throughout his career.


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