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"William Patrick "Billy" Corgan, Jr." (born March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, U.S.A.) is an American vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter best known for his work in the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. In the 1990s The Smashing Pumpkins was one of alternative's biggest acts, known for their complex, layered style, and Corgan's distinctive vocals. The Pumpkins had a dense and layered guitar-heavy sound with elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, power pop, and psychedelic rock with shoegazer-style production.
As a result of a series of autobiographical journal entries (made available on Corgan's official website), much has been revealed about his childhood. Corgan is the oldest son of William Corgan Sr. and Martha Louise Maes Corgan Lutz. He has a younger half brother, Jesse, who is physically disabled (The Smashing Pumpkins' song "Spaceboy" was written for him) and another younger brother, Ricky, who is a painter. Corgan's parents divorced at an early age, and his father remarried soon after. His early years were spent with his grandparents, but most of his childhood was spent living wit...