Ayub Bachchu’s 57th birth anniv today

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 16,2019

Ayub Bachhu

A file photo shows Ayub Bachhu performing in a concert in Dhaka. — New Age photo

Today is the 57th birth anniversary of late legendary singer, composer and guitarist Ayub Bachchu, who founded the popular band Love Runs Blind in 1991.

A pioneering rocker, Bachchu had recorded 28 albums, including 16 solo albums during more than four decades of his career as a musician. He also composed 500 songs including famous numbers like ‘Cholo Bodle Jai’, ‘Rupali Guitar’, ‘Hashte Dekho, Gaite Dekho’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Shohore’, ‘Darojar O Pashe’, ‘Madhabi’, ‘Hawker’, ‘Meye’, ‘Tara Bhora Rate’ and ‘Sharey Tin Hath Mati’. He also sang playbacks for films and recorded dozens of songs released in mixed albums.

Born in Chattogram in 1962, Bachchu was drawn to music from an early age. He founded his own band named Spider at the age of 14. In 1978, he joined Feelings, which went on to become a major band in Bangladesh. But he spent only two years with the band and joined Souls as its lead guitarist in 1980 where he played for ten years and later founded LRB.

LRB was acclaimed for its taste for experimentation, with its first album being released in double-disc record. It was the first time people came across such an idea in Bangladesh.

The album was a runaway success with many of its rock numbers becoming so popular that they were still on the top of the popular band song charts years on end. The band released its last album titled ‘Juddho’ under the leadership of Bachchu in 2012.

Ayub Bachchu also owned a music studio called ‘AB Kitchen’ at Maghbazar. His first solo album titled ‘Rakto Golap’ was released in 1986. His second solo album, Mayna, was released in 1988 and third solo titled ‘Koshto’ was released in 1995. Besides, he released an instrumental album titled ‘Sound of Silence’ in 2007. Bachchu’s last solo album ‘Jiboner Golpo’ was released in 2015. He passed away on October 18, 2018 after suffering a heart failure.

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