Biography of Bangladeshi Legendary Singer Ayub Bachchu

About Ayub Bachchu:

Ayub Bachchu is a Bangladesh legendary singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist. Bachchu is one of best guitarist, Bangladesh ever had. He is the icon of Bangladesh Band industry. His songs crossed the boundary of Bangladesh and influenced the people from around the country.  His band and solo works influenced all type of people, especially the young generation. This maestro was not only a singer but also an influencer. During the ’90s, he was one of the leading person to bring the Bangladeshi music industry into a strong position.

Personal Life:

This legendary Singer was born on 16th August 1962 in Chittagong, His nickname was Robin. After he became famous, people called him “AB” as well. Mohammad Ishitaq Chowdhury and Nurjahan Begum were his parents. He had a sister and a brother. After the liberation war, they moved into the city and be located in Jubilee Road. During 1979, he passed from Government Muslim High School.

Ayub Bachchu
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When he was in class four, Bachchu’s father gave him a guitar as a gift. It was the beginning of his quest to become a maestro. Jacob Dayas, a Chittagong based Burmese person taught him guitar playing. He borrowed a guitar from his friend to learned further. Meanwhile, followed Joe Sartriani and Jimi Hendrix to learned details on guitar. However, his parents did not support him to follow his footsteps into the music industry.

After he left Souls, he moved into Dhaka. He had only BDT 600  when he came into Dhaka. He struggled a lot to establish. In 1991, he married his girlfriend Ayub Chandana. This couple had a daughter and a son. They are Fairuz Saffra Ayub and Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub. They live in abroad. He suffered from lung ailment for six years. Despite the doctor’s prescription he continued to perform. In October 2018, he died from a cardiac arrest. Whole nation stunned to lose such high-quality singer in just age of 56. He was buried in Chittagong.

Career                                                               

While Bachchu was in College, he formed a band. It was known as Ugly Boys (primarily known as Golden Boys).  His role in the band was guitarist while another legendary singer of Bangladesh “Kumar Bishwajit” was the lead guitarist. This group performed in various area-based cultural events. Meanwhile, this group broke when Ayub Bachchu joined Feelings (Currently known as Nagar Baul).

Once, James heard the guitar playing of Ayub Bachcu in a tea stall. He understood the depth of Bachchu’s skill so offered him guitarist spot in the band. He was there from 1977 to 1980. In 1980 he offered to work in “Souls”, one of a leading band at that time. Both Tapan Chowdhury and Naqib Khan were startled by his performance. He worked in Souls for 10 years in the role of singer, songwriter and mainly as a guitarist. Some of the legendary songs in Bangladeshi music industry created back then by souls.

Ayub Bachchu
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However, at the end of 1990, he left Soul and created his own band LRB. In an interview, he mentioned that type of Souls music and his passion was different. Souls were focused on melodious music while Ayub Bacchu fond of loud, powerful sound and rock music. It never caused any argument among them however he thought it was best for him to leave the band to follow his own passion.

The era of LRB:

After he left Souls, he came to Dhaka and married. Then he established his band, Yellow River Band. However, in a concert, it was mistakenly mentioned as Little River Band. From there, it was first named as Little Robin’s Band and then finally named as “Love Runs Blind”. LRB, as a Band, dominated the music industry. Along with other top names, this band reshaped Bangladeshi music business and AB led the way.  LRB performed their first concert in 1991, arranged by BAMBA and released their first album in 1992.

Solo Career of Ayub Bachchu:

Despite a band legend, Ayub Bachchu had a stronghold in a solo music career. In his pre-LRB career, AB released two solo albums. These were Blood Rose (Rokto Golap) and Moyna. This album contains Adhunik Bangla, Classical and Pop-Rock Bangla song. These albums helped him to create a space in the industry.  Furthermore, he came back with solo music after 7 years in 1995. He released his new album “Koshto”. It was his masterpiece work. It included “Koshto Pete Bhalobashi”, “Ghumanto Shohore”. However, his next Solo work “Shomoy” and “Eka” (1998-1999) were not received a proper response from a fan base.

Other works:

Apart from his regular music work from music, Ayub Bachchu has been involved in various works as well. He performed in different countries with other top bands. He involved in several shows as judge including “Bangladeshi Idol”, “IIM Joka Rock Fest”, Benson and Hedges Star Search I & II, and D-Rockstar I. Also, he worked with one of top Radio Station, “Radio Foorti” to bring new talents. Besides, he was also worked as a leader in BAMBA, an association of Bangladeshi Band Forum.  Besides, Ayub Bachchu worked in some TVC’s as well.

After Death:

After the death of AB, tension increased between the family members of Bachchu and the members of LRB. LRB members intended to restart the band by including Balam as the lead singer. However, AB’s family members denied. By the copyright, only Bachchu’s family own the full right of this band and they wanted to stop it. It created some disturbances among some fans of AB. Meanwhile, Bachchu’s family members mentioned that they even received some threat from social media. Furthermore, the remaining LRB team members accepted the clause of Bachchu’s family and moved on to create a new band.

List of works:

Solo:

Rokto Golap (1986), Moyna (1989), Koshto (1995), Shomoy (1999), Eka (1999), Prem Tumi ki? (2000), Duti Mon (2002), Kafela (2002), Pre premer Moto( 2003), Pother Gaan (2004),  Bhatir Tanner, Matir Tanner (2006), Jibon (2006), Sound of Silence (2007), Rimjim Brishti (2008), Bolini Kokhon (2009), Jiboner Golpo (2015).

Souls:

Super Souls (1982), College er Couridore (1985), East and West (1988).

LRB:

LRB 1 & 2 (1992), Shukh (1993), Tobuo (1994), Ghumonto Shohore (1995), Swapno (1996), Ferari Mon (1996), Amader (1998), Bishmoy (1998), Mon Chaile Mon Pabe (2001), Ochena Jibon (2003), Mone Ache Naki Nai (2005), Sporsho (2007), Juddho (2012), Rakhe Allah Mare K (2016).

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