Video: Toby Keith's bass player Chuck Goff killed in Oklahoma car accident
A version of this story appears in Friday’s The Oklahoman. Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang and other The Oklahoman staffers also contributed to this report.
Bass player for Toby Keith dies in Noble crash
NOBLE — A man killed in a crash Wednesday night has been identified as Carl Reber “Chuck” Goff Jr., the bass player for Oklahoma country music star Toby Keith.
Goff 54, of Noble, was killed in a two-car collision that occurred about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at 96th Street and Cemetery Road.
Cleveland County sheriff’s spokeswoman Meghan McCormick said the crash remains under investigation. Only the two drivers were involved in the wreck. The other driver was not injured, she said.
Along with playing bass for Keith, Goff shared songwriting credits with the superstar on his hits “Upstairs Downtown” and “You Ain’t Much Fun.” Goff also had his own signature bass through Dean Guitars.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff,” Keith said in a statement released through his publicist.
“He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”
In this video taken at the 2009 NAMM trade show, Goff talks about his preferences in a bass – he favored a “real, working bass” that aspiring musicians could afford – and his experiences traveling with Keith, from playing national TV shows during media blitzes to performing for military servicemen and women on the superstar’s annual United Service Organization tour:
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