Robbie Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive dies at 69

NEW YORK (AP) — Robbie Bachman, drummer for Canadian hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, known for 1970s hits such as ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ and ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,’ died at age 69.

His death was announced Thursday on social media by his brother and teammate, Randy Bachman, who did not name a cause.

“BTO’s breakneck pace has left us,” Randy Bachman wrote. “He was an integral part of our rock ‘n roll machine and we rocked the world together.”

The Bachman brothers were Winnipeg natives who had been playing music since childhood.

Robbie Bachman first worked with his older brother Randy, a singer, songwriter and guitarist, in the band Brave Belt, which the elder Bachman helped found in the early 1970s after leaving the top-selling band, The Guess Who.

The two Bachmans, along with brother Tim Bachman on guitar (later replaced by Blair Thornton) and Fred Turner on bass, formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1973 and sold millions of records over the next three years with their mix of grating and catchy guitar riffs. melodies. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” topped the charts, and the group’s other hits included “Takin’ Care of Business”, “Hey You” and “Roll On Down the Highway”.

A well-known fan, Stephen King, adopted the pseudonym “Richard Bachman” as a partial tribute to BTO.

Randy Bachman left the band in the mid-1970s and gave the remaining members permission to call themselves BTO (but not Bachman-Turner Overdrive in order to distance themselves from the band). As BTO, Robbie Bachman and the others continued to tour and record, but their popularity faded and they broke up in 1980.

Over the next few decades, the band had sporadic meetings and occasional legal battles, as Randy Bachman and Robbie Bachman fought over royalties and rights to the band’s name. The brothers rarely performed together after the early 1990s, with Robbie Bachman once telling The Associated Press that Randy had “put down” the other band members and compared them to the fictional parody band Spinal Tap.

In recent years, Robbie Bachman has been in semi-retirement. Bachman-Turner Overdrive was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

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