|Birth name||Robin Peter Kendall Bachman|
February 18, 1953 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Associated acts||Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive|
Robin Peter Kendall "Robbie" Bachman (born February 18, 1953, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a drummer and the youngest brother of Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter Randy Bachman. He was the original drummer for both the Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive bands. He is sometimes credited as "Robin" or "Rob" on the liner notes of Brave Belt and BTO albums.
While growing up, Bachman practiced the drums at home, often playing along with his older brother Randy. When Robbie was age 18, Randy offered him the Brave Belt drumming job, and Robbie accepted. Other members of Brave Belt were Chad Allan and Fred Turner. In 1972, another Bachman brother, Tim, joined Brave Belt after the departure of Allan.
When Brave Belt changed their name to Bachman–Turner Overdrive in 1973, Robbie was credited with designing the BTO 'gear' logo. Robbie co-wrote one of Bachman–Turner Overdrive's biggest hits, "Roll on Down the Highway" (with Fred Turner). He remained with BTO until early 1980, after their tour supporting the 1979 album Rock n' Roll Nights had ended. In 1984, he declined to join a reformation of BTO due to licensing issues and Randy Bachman's decision to include Tim Bachman as the second guitarist, instead of Blair Thornton. Bachman later rejoined the Not Fragile line up of BTO for a reunion lasting from 1988 until 1991. In 1991, Randy Bachman left the band and the rest of the group, with replacement guitarist Randy Murray, toured up until the end of 2004.
In 2009, Fred Turner and Randy Bachman reunited and began recording a new album, which was released in September 2010 under the name "Bachman & Turner" to coincide with a world tour. Robin Bachman and Blair Thornton had brought a lawsuit against Randy Bachman in an effort to prevent him and Turner from touring under the Bachman–Turner Overdrive or BTO name.
Bachman today enjoys semi-retirement along with his wife, Chrissy. He is an uncle of musician Tal Bachman.
- Gormley, Peter. 'BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) Frequently Asked Questions' - "7/31/97"
- 'Robin Bachman Interview' - "XMFan.com"
- Robin Bachman - Know Name Records Interview
- Robin Bachman - Mark After Dark Interview
- Website for BTO - Archived
- Web site features photos of BTO in concert