The drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Robbie Bachman, has died.
He was 69 years old.
Randy Bachman announced his brother’s death on Twitter saying, “Another sad departure. The pounding beat behind BTO, my little brother Robbie has joined Mum, Dad & brother Gary on the other side,” NME reported.
He added, “Maybe, Jeff Beck needs a drummer!” referring to the guitarist’s death earlier this week.
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
Robbie Bachman founded Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Randy and Tim and bassist Fred Turner, NME reported.
They released both their first album, which was self-titled, and the follow-up “Bachman-Turner Overdrive II” in 1973.
However, it was their third album, “Not Fragile,” released in 1974, which introduced music fans to their hit “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”
They were also known for “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Roll on Down the Highway” and “Let It Ride,” Billboard reported.
Randy Bachman left the band in 1977, and he was replaced by vocalist Jim Clench. But the group only lasted three years before breaking up in 1980.
The band reunited in 1983 with Randy’s return, but Robbie did not come back for the 1984 release of “Bachman-Turner Overdrive.”
Robbie Bachman returned to the band from 1988 to 2005. He did not come back for the 2009 reunion, but he did appear in what would become his final performance with the group in 2014, when Bachman-Turner Overdrive was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, NME reported.
The group disbanded in 2018 for a final time, Billboard reported.