Bachman-Turner Overdrive drummer Robbie Bachman has died aged 69

Bachman-Turner Overdrive drummer Robbie Bachman has died aged 69

Robbie Bachman Bachman–Turner Overdrive, the drummer who powered the band’s biggest hits including “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business,” has died. He was 69.

Randy Bachman, the drummer’s brother and bandmate, confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday night. “Another sad departure,” he wrote. “The beat for the BTO, my little brother Robbie joined mum, dad and brother Gary on the other side. Maybe Jeff Beck needs a drummer! He was an integral part of our rock’n’roll machine and together we rocked the world.” Further details surrounding Robbie’s death have not yet been revealed.

Robbie and Randy started playing music together as kids growing up in Winnipeg, Canada. Eventually, guitarist Randy asked Robbie to be the drummer for his band Brave Belt, which he formed with musician Chad Allan, Randy Bachman’s former Guess Who bandmate. Together, the band recorded two albums released in the early 1970s before eventually adding middle brother Tim Bachman on rhythm guitar and bassist C. Fred Turner and changing their name to Bachman–Turner Overdrive.

While their first self-titled album, 1973’s Bachman–Turner Overdrive, wasn’t a big hit upon release—although it did boast the gem “Hold Back the Water” with a rare Robbie co-write—they quickly found their true breakthrough with their second album later that year. LP, Bachman-Turner Overdrive IItheir most famous song “Takin’ Care of Business” was performed as well as the hit “Let It Ride”. No Fragile it followed in 1974 and with it another hit “You Haven’t Seen It Yet”.

The group continued to make music throughout the mid-1970s and released several albums before Randy Bachman left the group in 1977 after the release of the album. Expresswayleaving Robbie as the lone Bachman still in Overdrive.

BTO broke up briefly in 1979, but the group reunited in 1983 with Randy and Tim Bachman returning, albeit without Robbie; The self-titled 1984 semi-reunion album BTO is the band’s only album not to feature Robbie on drums.


However, Robbie later rejoined Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1988, and when Randy left the band again in 1991, Robbie continued with “BTO” – the band’s legally agreed name when Randy was not involved – until 2005. He revived Bachman- Turner Overdrive in 2009, it was again without his younger brother.

In 2014, Bachman-Turner Overdrive were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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