Robbie Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Robbie Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) has died at 69

Robbie Bachman (born Robin Peter Kendall Bachman) – former drummer, percussionist, and backing vocalist of Canadian rock vets Bachman–Turner Overdrive – has died at the age of 69. Robbie’s brother, Randy Bachman (former lead vocalist, lead guitarist of BTO), posted the above photo and below message on his Twitter on January 12th:

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

Robbie contributed to every BTO full-length studio album, aside from their ninth and final record featuring original material: 1984’s ‘Bachman–Turner Overdrive,’ due to a dispute with the band. Garry Peterson, Randy’s bandmate in The Guess Who, ended up playing drums on the last LP.

BTO are known for their super mega hits, like “Let It Ride,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Hey You,” and “Roll on Down the Highway.” The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

RIP, Robbie.

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