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Bobby Williams

1947-2000

Also known as Big Bad Bobby Williams, Williams was a drummer and a regular at the Upstage Club, where he basically served as house drummer. Another member of Springsteen’s Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom band, Williams also played with Southside Johnny Lyon, Little Steven Van Zandt and Garry Tallent� in the short-lived Funky Dusty and the Soul Broom Band, before forming his own band, The Big Bad Bobby Williams Band in late 1970.

He was immortalized in Bruce Springsteen’s liner notes for the first Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes album, “I Don’t Want to Go Home,” as “the heaviest drummer of them all, in terms of both poundage and sheer sonic impact, Biiiiig Baaaaad Bobby Williams, badass king of hearts so tough he’d go to the limit for you every time,� all night.”