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Guitarist, founding member of iconic rock band with Overdrive ties dies

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Updated May 12, 2023

This story was updated May 12, 2023, to reflect the passing of founding band member Tim Bachman on April 28, 2023.

It has been a difficult year thus far for the Bachman family, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame, with two of its founding members -- brothers Robbie and Tim Bachman -- having passed away.

Robbie Bachman, co-founder and drummer for Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, died earlier in January at the age of 69. His brother, Randy, also a co-founder of the band along with Fred Turner and Tim Bachman, confirmed the news on Twitter on Jan. 12. Tim Bachman, a guitarist and also a founding member of the band, later passed away on April 28 at the age of 71.

If you're wondering just why you're reading about the Bachmans in a trucking magazine, you need only look to the band's name. The “Overdrive” at the end of BTO was in fact decided upon by Randy Bachman and Fred Turner when they made a stop at a truck stop and saw a copy of Overdrive for sale. The story of the band’s name is told in a feature in the August 1975 issue of Overdrive:

In 1973, the then unknown band stopped at the Colonial Steak House at Brown Brothers Truck Stop, a half mile south of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, on Fred Turner’s cliché theory that “If you see six or seven semis parked there, then it’s a good place to eat.” They were hungry, tired, battling with a cranky bus and in need of a big meal.