Toby Keith’s Bandleader Dies in Oklahoma Traffic Accident

Toby Keith ’s longtime bandleader, Carl Reber “Chuck” Goff Jr., died Wednesday night (Feb. 27) in a two-vehicle collision in Noble, Okla., a community located approximately 30 miles south of Oklahoma City. Law officers are still investigating the accident. Goff and the other driver, who was not injured, were traveling alone at the time of the accident. Goff, 54, co-wrote Keith’s Top 10 hits “You Ain’t Much Fun” and “Upstairs Downtown.” In a statement on his website, Keith wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our bandmember, Chuck Goff. He was a close friend for over 25 years, the bandleader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.” Keith and his band performed Monday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The tour resumes April 13 at the Country Thunder festival in Florence, Ariz.