Jimmy Chamberlain, best known as the drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins, was born in Joliet, Illinois on this day June 10 in 1964.While Chamberlain was working as a carpenter he and Billy Corgan were introduced through a mutual friend and Corgan remembers, “He was wearing a pink t-shirt, stonewashed jeans, he had a mullet haircut, and he was driving a 280Z, and had yellow drums. We were sort of looking each other in the eye thinking, ‘This ain’t gonna happen, this is not the guy.’ [But] he’d learned all our songs, as only Jimmy can, off the top of his head, and, within one practice, we were ready to play. It was amazing. We just knew right away. He’s that good.” Once Chamberlain became a part of the Smashing Pumpkins they developed a much harder, driving style. Chamberlain slowly developed a life threatening drug addiction that reached a crescendo after the death of his father when he overdosed with keyboardist Johnathan Melvoin in 1995. He was kicked out of the band for his own protection and was reinstated in 1998.Chamberlain was also the drummer for Zwan in 2001. After a brief stint from 2010 to 2012 with a band he called Skysaw, Chamberlain announced his resignation.”I Am One” from Gish demonstrates Chamberlain’s powerful drumming abilities.