Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bill Babin began playing drums in the early sixties. Strongly influenced by The Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion, he soon found himself in a ‘garage band’ known as THE RUBBER MEMORY. TRM—which later evolved into OAKRIDGE—became a popular party band, playing almost 200 gigs between 1968 and 1972.
With everyone going off to different colleges in 1970, The Rubber Memory commited to recording an album of original music which they released in August 1970. The original vinyl record is a much sought-after item among record collectors. (see ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/19/95)
Thirty years later, in December of 2000, the original members of THE RUBBER MEMORY and OAKRIDGE all got together for a reunion concert in New Orleans and released a digitally remastered version of the album. In 2002, they reunited once again to celebrate the 50th birthday of several of the musicians by playing another concert at the famous MID CITY ROCK & BOWL in New Orleans.
In 1974, Bill moved to Tucson for graduate school and left drumming behind. He moved to Phoenix in 1980 and spent the next 20 years raising two boys and doing very little drumming. He then discovered Chuck E Baby’s Sunday night jam session, and started playing again. When he’s not with THE BIG ZEPHYR, you might see him sitting-in with bands like, CHUCK E BABY AND THE ALL STARS, THE COVER UPS, AND FOOLS LIFE.
Under the expert guidance of local pro drummer, Jamie Jennings, Bill continues to focus his passionate desire as a drummer into highly-skilled expression. His favorite drummers are Ringo Starr, Don Brewer, John Bonham, and every drummer that’s played with Steely Dan.