William Corgan Sr.
William Corgan Sr. and Billy at the First Waltz benefit, 1999
|Birth name||William Dale Corgan|
|Also known as||Bill Corgan Sr., Billy Corgan Sr.|
|Died||December 17, 2021(aged 74)|
|Artists||The Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan|
William Corgan Sr. (1947 - December 18, 2021) was a blues guitarist and father to Billy Corgan. In 1988, his home on Eddy Street is where the first Smashing Pumpkins recording sessions took place. He played the guitar solo in "The Last Song" from the "Thirty-Three" single in 1996, and has performed alongside Corgan at several shows since 1999. He is also credited as an illustrator for the 2011 reissue of Siamese Dream.
|“||My father was my hero … He later told me that when he heard Siamese Dream, he heard a part of me that he didn't even know existed … ever since then he's been a really big fan and a big supporter. I think anybody can understand that to make your father proud and to have your father be one of your admirers, it's like one of the greatest things in life.||”|
|— Billy Corgan, Full Circle documentary, 2000|
On December 17, 2021, Corgan Sr. suffered a heart attack while in his home. Paramedics arrived to find him dead, before miraculously reviving him for a short time. En route via helicopter to a medical facility, he passed away. He was 74 years old.
- Total shows:
- First performance: The Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra 1999-03-25 (featuring Billy Corgan) at Metro, Chicago, IL, US
- Last performance: The Smashing Pumpkins 2008-08-20 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL, US