Larry Troutman

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Larry Troutman
Born (1944-08-12)August 12, 1944
Hamilton, Ohio, United States
Origin Dayton, Ohio, USA
Died April 25, 1999(1999-04-25) (aged 54)
Dayton, Ohio
Genres Funk
Occupations musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Percussion, Keyboard
Years active 1975–1999
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts Zapp

Larry Troutman (August 12, 1944 – April 25, 1999) was a musician and a founding member of the funk band Zapp alongside his younger brother, Roger Troutman. The band enjoyed a string of hits throughout the 1980s, most notably "Computer Love" and "More Bounce to the Ounce". He mainly was the percussionist of the band, famous for performing and recording on the Simmons electronic drumset.

Musical upbringing[edit]

After playing his whole childhood in clubs alongside his brother Roger, his talent was discovered by George Clinton, that startled his great discography as a member of the band Zapp. Many of their records were produced by a notable icon in the funk/RnB world, Bootsy Collins.


On April 25, 1999, at 7:20 a.m., police found Troutman in his car, dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His younger brother Roger was found a couple of blocks away; his death was ruled a homicide. To this day, the murder cause is not known, though a business dispute was suspected. Sources say that Larry had not slept in several days and was not his normal self at the time.[1]