Robbie Bachmann, the The Bachman-Turner Overdrive 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 years old.
Randy Bachman, the drummer’s brother and bandmate, confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday night. “Another sad departure,” she wrote. “The pounding beat behind BTO, my little brother Robbie has joined mom, dad and 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.” No further details about Robbie’s death have yet been revealed.
Robbie and Randy began playing music together as children growing up in Winnipeg, Canada. Eventually, guitarist Randy asked Robbie to become the drummer for his band Brave Belt, which he had formed with musician Chad Allan, Randy Bachman’s former Guess Who bandmate. Together, the band recorded two albums released in the early 1970s before adding middle brother Tim Bachman on rhythm guitar and bassist C. Fred Turner, and changing their name to Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
While their self-titled first album as Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1973 wasn’t a huge hit upon release, though it did feature the gem “Hold Back the Water,” with a rare co-writing credit from Robbie, they quickly found their real success with their second album later that same year. the LP, Bachman-Turner II Overdrivefeatured their most famous song, “Takin’ Care of Business,” as well as the hit “Let It Ride.” not brittle followed in 1974, and with it another hit, “You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet”.
The group continued to make music into the mid-’70s, releasing a handful of albums, before Randy Bachman left the band in 1977 following the release of freewaysleaving Robbie as the only Bachman still in Overdrive.
BTO briefly disbanded in 1979, but in 1983, the band reunited with Randy and Tim Bachman, albeit without Robbie; BTO’s 1984 self-titled semi-reunion album is the only album by the band not to feature Robbie on drums.
However, Robbie later rejoined Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1988, and when Randy once again left the band in 1991, Robbie continued “BTO”, the legally agreed name of the band when Randy was not involved, until 2005. When Randy revived Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 2009, once again without his little brother.
In 2014, the Bachman-Turner Overdrive was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.