This Day In Music 17.03.2016
William Patrick Corgan Jr, best known as Billy, was born on 17 March 1967, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, U.S.. His father William Senior is a blues/rock guitarist. In the young age Corgan received from his father a used Les Paul knock off.Corgan Sr steered his son stylistically, encouraging him to listen to Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix but offered little other support, and the younger Corgan taught himself to play the instrument. His musical interests in his formative years included hard rock like John Cale, heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath and mainstream rock like Queen, Boston, Rush and after discovered alternative rock through Bauhaus and Cure.
Corgan during the High School formed his first band, The Marked, in 1985. The group soon disbanded and Corgan moved to Chicago, working in a record store and scheming his next musical venture.
With guitarist James Iha, bassist D'Arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Corgan founded Smashing Pumpkins in 1989. The band's psychedelic alternative rock and Corgan's ripping guitar solos and lead vocals soon gained a loyal following in The Chicago Club scene. Smashing Pumpkins signed with Caroline Records in 1990, and their debut album, Gish, was released the following year. The band fused diverse threads such as psichedelic rock and heavy metal into a distinctive sound. Gish fared better than expected, but the follow-up, Siamese Dream released in 1993, became a multi-platinum hit. This album including songs like Today and Disarm became smash hit.
The band's 1995 follow up effort, the double album Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness was even more successful, it was nomineted for seven Grammy Awards that year and would eventually be certified ten times platinum in the United States. The song 1979, was Corgan's biggest hit to date, reaching No. 1 on Billboard's modern rock and mainstream rock charts.
At the end of '90s the Pumpkins made the decision to fire Chamberlin and continue as a trio. In 2000 Corgan and Chamberlin with Matt Sweeney on guitar and David Pajo on bass formed the-short lived band Zwan. After the band joined by Paz Lenchantin an additional bassist, and the quintet released their debut album, Mary Star of the Sea, in January 2003. In late 2004 Corgan pubblished Brinking With Fists a book of poetry. The book debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Around this time, he began posting autobiographical writings online under the title The Confessions of Billy Corgan.
He also began his solo carrier and released his first debut album The Future Embrace. In 2006 Pumpkins' official website confirmed that the group was indeed reuniting. The new album titled Zeitgeist was released on July 2007 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
Corgan recently started another venture, a blog of vintage photographs curated by himself called People And Their Cars.
The website also includes an email listing for the blog entitled "The Red Border Club". This list will be used for information on upcoming People and Their Cars and Hexestential books and merchandise along with access to additional images.