Ayub Bachchu (Bengali pronunciation: [ae̯ub batʃtʃu]; 16 August 1962 – 18 October 2018) was a Bangladeshi rock guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter, who was the founder of the Bangladeshi rock band LRB and earned success as the lead singer and the lead guitarist of the band.
Born in Patiya, Bachchu came to Chittagong with his family in the early 1970s. He formed his first band "Ugly Boys" in 1977, while studying in high school and joined in rock band Feelings (Now known as Nagar Baul) as the guitarist the same year. He played in the band from 1977 to 1980. In 1980, he joined Souls where he played for ten years and appeared in four studio albums including Super Souls (1982), College Er Corridore (1985), Manush Matir Kachakachi (1987) and East and West (1988). In 1991, he left the band to form his own band LRB, where he was the vocalist and guitarist for 27 years, until his death in 2018. He released the first ever double album: LRB I and LRB II in 1992, with the band. LRB's third studio album Shukh, which featured "Cholo Bodle Jai", one of the greatest rock songs in Bangladesh. He also received well success as a solo artist. His first solo album Rokto Golap was released in September 1986. He got his breakthrough by releasing albums like Moyna (1988) and Koshto (1995) which received well success. He released only one instrumental rock album in his career: Sound of Silence (2007), which is the first ever instrumental album in Bangladesh.
Bachchu released several best selling-albums with LRB, and as a solo performer. Bachchu is widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist of Bangladesh.The Top Tens ranked him second on their list of "Top 10 Greatest Guitarists of Bangladesh", only behind Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal of Warfaze. He is sometimes referred to as "the guitar god" by his fans. He has won six Meril Prothom Alo Awards, one Citycell-Channel I Music Award with LRB and won the Bachsas Awards in the Best Male Vocal category in 2004. In 2017, he won the Tele Cine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bachchu married his girlfriend Ferdous Ayub Chandana on January 31, 1991, with whom he had a daughter, Fairuz Saffra Ayub and a son, Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub. In October 2018, Bachchu died of cardiac failure in his own residence in Dhaka, six years after he was suffering of lung ailment. He gave his last performance in Rangpur City two days before his death. He was buried in Chaitanya Goli in Chittagong, beside his mother's grave.
He is also known as AB.
In 2009, Bachchu underwent a successful heart valve surgery and became a regular patient at the Square Hospital. Bachchu was admitted to the Square Hospital on November 27, 2012. He was admitted in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) under supervision of Dr. Mirza Nizamuddin of the hospital. Bachchu was suffering from lung ailment. Due to accretion of water in his lungs, he was experiencing respiratory problems. He recovered after receiving treatment. On Thursday, 18 October 2018, he died of cardiac failure at his residence in Maghbazar, Dhaka at 21:55 BST at the age of 56. Dr. Mirza Nizamuddin of Square Hospital's Director of Medical Services said to the Dhaka Tribune, "Ayub Bachchu suffered heart failure at his home around 9:30 am, and left for Square Hospital with his driver by car. He died on his way to the hospital. He was found dead on arrival after he reached the hospital at 9:40 am. On-duty doctors announced his death at 9:55 am." He gave his last performance in Rangpur, Bangladesh, two days before his death. He was declared dead at the Square Hospital, Dhaka. He was kept in the Central Shaheed Minar up to four hours in October 19, where his contemporaries and fans paid tribute to him for the last time. His first Janaza was held in the National Eidgah Field in Dhaka. His body was taken to Chittagong City on 20 October 2018 in his maternal house in East Madarbari. He was taken in the Jamaitul Falah Mosque for his 4th and last Janaza. He was buried in the graveyard of Chaitanya Goli, beside his mother's grave.