Robbie Bachman Dies: Robin Peter Kendall Bachman was born on February 18, 1953, and died on January 12, 2023. He was a Canadian drummer and the youngest brother of guitarist, singer, and songwriter Randy Bachman.
He was the first drummer for both the Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive bands. He was also sometimes credited as “Robbie” or “Rob” on the liner notes of Brave Belt and BTO albums.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive Robbie Bachman Dies at 69!
Robbie Bachman died at the age of 69. He was the drummer for the Canadian hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, which had hits in the 1970s like “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.” Randy Bachman, his brother, and bandmate wrote on social media Thursday that he had died. He did not say why.
Randy Bachman wrote, “BTO’s pounding beat has left us.” “He was an important part of our rock-and-roll machine, and together we rocked the world.” The Bachman brothers grew up in Winnipeg and have been making music since they were young.
Randy Bachman, Robbie’s older brother, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. They first worked together in the band Brave Belt, which Randy Bachman helped start in the early 1970s after leaving Guess Who, which was the best-selling band at the time.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive was formed by the two Bachman brothers, their brother Tim Bachman on guitar (who was later replaced by Blair Thornton), and Fred Turner on bass in 1973. Over the next three years, they sold millions of records with their mix of grinding guitar riffs and catchy melodies.
“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” was the band’s biggest hit, and “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Hey You,” and “Roll On Down the Highway” were also big hits. Stephen King, a famous fan, wrote under the name “Richard Bachman” as a tribute to BTO.
In the middle of the 1970s, Randy Bachman left the group and gave the other members permission to call themselves BTO (But not Bachman-Turner Overdrive so as to distance himself from the band). Robbie Bachman and the others in BTO kept touring and making records, but they weren’t as popular and broke up in 1980.
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Over the next few decades, the band would sometimes get back together, but Randy Bachman and Robbie Bachman would sometimes fight in court over royalties and the rights to the band’s name. After the early 1990s, the Bachman brothers rarely performed together.
Robbie Bachman once told The Associated Press that Randy had “put down” the other band members and compared them to the fake parody band Spinal Tap. Robbie Bachman had been semi-retired for the past few years. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame added Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 2014.
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