Jimmy Chamberlin is probably best known as drummer with The Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy’s playing can be heard on the following Smashing Pumpkin’s albums: “Gish”-1991, “Siamese Dream”-1993, “Pisces of Iscarot”- compilation album featuring B-Sides of many hit singles, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”-1995, “Machina/ the machines of God”-2000. Some side Projects are Starchildren and The Last Hardmen.
Jimmy was born on June 10, 1964 as James Chamberlin in the town of Joliet, Illinois, south of Chicago. He comes from a family with a musical background: his father was a jazz clarinetist and his older brother Paul Chamberlin is also a drummer.
Jimmy’s earliest memories of music are listening to his father’s Benny Goodman records. He began playing at the age of seven and was formally studying drumming by the age of eight. His father was always very supportive of him as he later played in Drum & Bugle Corps and some Polka bands. Jimmy was playing professionally by the age of eighteen and not much later, joined up with Billy Corgan to form The Smashing Pumpkins.
Chamberlin names "Sextet" by Benny Goodman, "Big Band Machine" by Buddy Rich, "Tough Talk" by the Jazz Crusaders, and "Check Your Head" by The Beastie Boys as his favorite albums.
Chamberlin was kicked out of the Smashing Pumpkins on July 17th, 1996 after his long lasting drug addiction caught up to him when touring
keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of a heroin overdose in their hotel room in New York on July 12th, 1996.
Jimmy was arrested, and the band "severed" their relationship with him. He returned to the Pumpkins in 1999. It was official when the band began "The Arising" club tour on April 10th in Detroit.
The Smashing Pumpkins played their last concert together in Chicago in December 2000. After taking a year off from music, with the exception of a few summer dates with Billy, Jimmy is now the drummer for Billy Corgan's new band, Zwan.