Carl "Chuck" Goff Jr., who served as Toby Keith’s bassist and band leader, has been killed in a two-car crash just south of Oklahoma City. The accident happened about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday night, reports Fox News on Friday, March 1. Chuck Goff was 54.
The accident location was a rural area of Cleveland County, and the crash is still under investigation. The bass player died from results of the impact, but apparently the other driver was not seriously injured. There is no word yet on whether speed or alcohol might have been involved.
Chuck Goff and country singer Toby Keith were long-time friends, and the bassist shared writing credits with Keith for two big hits from the 90s – “Upstairs Downtown” and “You Ain’t Much Fun.” Toby Keith said in a statement released by his publicist that he is “deeply saddened,” by the bassist’s death.
Toby Keith is a well-known figure in country music, but the industry knows how much band members – and band leaders – contribute to the overall sound. Chuck Goff, as a songwriter, was even more integral to the Toby Keith organization. He will not be easily replaced, and he will be remembered.