Today marks the 57th birth anniversary of one of the greatest musicians and guitarists of all time, Ayub Bachchu. But everyone will going to celebrate it with great sadness, as their boss is no longer with them.
People all across the country, the West Bengal and the Bengali diasporas abroad are paying their respect over the social media since midnight. Even his friends and families, as well all the musicians are paying their heartfelt respect while remembering their yesteryear with AB.
Ayub Bachchu (nickname Robin) was born in Chittagong in Patiya at Khorna union on 16 August 1962 to Mohammad Ishaque Chowdhury and Nurjahan Begum. The family moved to the Chittagong city after the Liberation War of Bangladesh. They resided in Jubilee Road. He had two brothers. He was the eldest among them. He got his first acoustic guitar from his father as a gift 1973, when he was in class four. He learned to play guitar from Jacob Dayas a Burmese man, who used to live in Chittagong. He first borrowed an electric guitar from his friend, which was a Teisco. He’s friend gave him the guitar after he showed more interest towards it.
While studying in high school, Bachchu formed a band named “Golden Boys”, which was later renamed as “Ugly Boys”. Kumar Bishwajit was the lead singer of the band, while Bachchu was the guitarist. They used to do club shows and shows in weddings (mostly in the Patiya Upazilla). The group disbanded after Bachchu joined Souls in 1980. He also played in Feelings from 1977 to 1980 with Faruq Mahfuz Anam (James).
In the late-1990 he left Souls and after moving to Dhaka permanently in 1991, he formed the band LRB. The band started its journey in April 5, 1991 as Yellow River Band. When they were performing in a club in the mid-1991, they were mistakenly called the Little River Band, which Bachchu liked and officially named his band. But, after they heard about the Australian rock band of the same name they changed their name to Love Runs Blind in 1997.
They have released their first two albums in 1992 as LRB-1 (Madhobi) and LRB-2 (Hawker). So far the band has released 14 studio albums, one unplugged live album and many other singles in various band compilation albums.
Ayub Bachchu has also released a guitar instrumental album in 2017 titled Sound Of Silence which have gained many positive reviews among his fans.
On the morning of October 18, 2018, he died on cardiac failure at Dhaka’s Square Hospital.
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