Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s co-founder and drummer Robbie Bachman has passed away. Randy Bachman, Bachman’s older brother, who played guitar and sang in the band, revealed the news on his official Twitter account yesterday (January 12). He wrote, “Another sorrowful parting.” “My little brother Robbie has joined Mom, Dad, and brother Gary on the other side,” says the thumping beat that is BTO. Perhaps Jeff Beck requires a drummer! He was a crucial component of our rock ‘n’ roll machine, and together we rocked the world.
BTO is a common acronym for Bachman-Turner Overdrive, a band that was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the early 1970s. The original lineup included bassist/vocalist Fred Turner, along with founding members Robbie, Randy, and Tim Bachman. In 1973, they issued their self-titled debut album, which was followed later in the year by Bachman-Turner Overdrive II. One of BTO’s biggest songs, “Taking Care of Business,” appeared on their sophomore LP.
The following album by the group, 1974’s Not Fragile, produced “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” which became their most popular hit in the United States. Over the years, BTO music has appeared on various soundtracks for films and television shows, including Will Ferrell’s The Campaign (“Taking Care of Business”) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (“Let It Ride”). Robbie co-wrote several of BTO’s songs, including “Roll On Down the Highway,” which peaked at No. 14 on the U.S. charts, even though Randy was the group’s primary songwriter. m BTO was enshrined in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014.