The first born of three sons, William Patrick Corgan Jr, was born to William Corgan senior and Martha Louise Mae Corgan Luts. When Billy was still young, his parents divorced and after a short while his father got married again and brought Billy to live with him.
In school he was keen on sports especially baseball and used to amass baseball cards but because he ended up being an average athlete Billy started gaining an interest in playing the guitar.
The idea came when he saw his friend playing and from that day onwards he was set on being a guitarist. Even though his father was a rock/blues guitarist, he hardly gave him any help with learning how to play therefore he had to teach himself.
While in high school he joined a string of bands while staying with his stepmother and half-brother who he had grown fond of. Billy
did not want to go on with studies after graduating high school even though hewas an honor student with numerous scholarship offers
A move to Florida was in the books after high school to try and kick start his music career, but shortly after moving he had to come back to Chicago because he did not succeed.
While he was working at a record store, he met guitarist James Iha with whom they recorded some demos and got invited to a few shows as a result. In one of these shows, James and Billy met Bassist Darcy Wretzky and later got introduced to drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, and the four of them formed the infamous group The Smashing Pumpkins.
The Smashing Pumpkins released their debut album Gish in 1991 which did well but not as good as their second release the album titled Mellon collie and the infinite sadness that was nominated for seven Grammy awards and had Billy’s biggest song to date on it “1979”.
He got married in 1993 to Chris Fabian and later separated after just two years, this together with the death of his mother in 1996
prompted the release of The Smashing Pumpkins third album called Adore.
After his separation, he started dating a photographer by the name Yelena Yemchuk and later dated Courtney Love who famously included some of his records in her album without his permission.
There were stings where The Smashing Pumpkins broke up and between 2001 and 2005 he launched a somewhat unsuccessful solo career.
More recently Bill Corgan has gotten involved in professional wrestling as he has a true passion for wrestling. He once described himself as a ‘wrestlemaniac’ and once participated in a wrestling event using a guitar as a weapon. This love for wrestling prompted him initially to form an independent wrestling promotion company then later was appointed senior producer for creative and talent developer at Total Nonstop Action (TNA) with the responsibility of developing storylines. At this position, he was quoted as saying it was a dream come true.
Early in 2017, Billy Corgan bought the rights, name, trademark and championship belts of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).
He is a fun of rock music and his favorite bands includes Pantera, Siouxsie and the banshees, Breaking Benjamins, Bullet for my valentine among others.
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