Who is Robbie Bachman? His Life and Contribution to BTO’s Success
Robbie Bachman’s brother and bandmate, Randy Bachman, announced Robbie’s de@th on January 12, 2023. The Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive included him on drums.
Another sad departure. The pounding beat behind BTO, my little brother Robbie has joined Mum, Dad & brother Gary on the other side. Maybe Jeff Beck needs a drummer! He was an integral cog in our rock 'n' roll machine and we rocked the world together. #RIP #littlebrother #family pic.twitter.com/XASj6CVXzA
— Randy Bachman (@RandysVinylTap) January 13, 2023
Who is Robbie Bachman?
Randy Bachman’s younger brother was a drummer born in Canada on February 18, 1953, and p@ssing away on January 12, 2023. He contributed drums to the ground-breaking work of Brave Belt and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Brave Belt and BTO usually referred to him as “Robbie” or “Rob” in the liner notes of their albums that included him. Bachman often practiced drums at home with his elder brother, Randy.
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Robbie Bachman: His Life and Contribution to BTO’s Success
Robbie, Randy’s younger brother, joined the Brave Belt as a drummer in 1971. The other two members of Brave Belt were Chad Allan and Fred Turner. Robbie collaborated with the group to write “Summer Soldier” for their 1972 album Brave Belt II. After Allan Bachman left Brave Belt later that year, his brother Tim took his place.
Robbie designed the BTO ‘gear’ emblem in 1973 when Brave Belt rebranded as Bachman-Turner Overdrive. During their heyday from 1973 to 1976, BTO charted five albums in the Top 40, six singles in the U.S., and eleven singles in Canada.
Robbie and Fred Turner co-wrote the hit song “Roll On Down the Highway” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, which reached number fourteen on the Billboard Hot One Hundred and four on the RPM Top Forty in 1975. He remained a member of BTO until the band’s 1979 Rock n’ Roll Nights tour wrapped up.
Robbie and his brother Randy were offered the chance to reestablish BTO in 1984, but Robbie declined due to legal concerns. As the band’s second guitarist, he disagreed with Randy’s selection of Tim Bachman over Blair Thornton.
For the 1984 album and tour, he was replaced on drums by Garry Peterson, previously of the Guess Who. Robbie rejoined the Not Fragile lineup of BTO for a series of reunion gigs between 1988 and 1991 after Randy Bachman departed the band.
Up until 2004, Robbie and the rest of the band would continue to play as BTO with Randy Murray on guitar and vocals. The only new record with this lineup is 1996’s Trial By Fire: Greatest & Latest. Once again working again in 2010, after their 2009 reunion, Fred Turner and Randy Bachman released their album “Bachman & Turner” in September 2010 to coincide with a global tour.
Blair Thornton and Robin Bachman sued Randy Bachman to prevent him and Turner from continuing to use the Bachman-Turner Overdrive name. On March 29, 2014, Robbie and the Not Fragile lineup of Bachman-Turner Overdrive were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
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