Corgan was born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois as the oldest son of William Corgan Sr., a blues/rock guitarist, and Martha Louise Maes Corgan Lutz. His parents had one more child, Ricky, before divorcing in 1970. His father was soon remarried to a flight attendant, and Corgan and his brother went to live with them in Glendale Heights, Illinois. During this time, Corgan alleges he was subject to much physical and emotional abuse by his stepmother. Corgan also developed a protective bond with his"
"Met him in a club in Dallas where another band was playing (Ugly Mus-tard). Smashing Pumpkins had played the venue before & he'd dropped by to see if they could sneak onto the bill. At the time they were touring with the Rolling Stones. The venue turned him down, but told him he could come inside & see the show for free & have any drinks he wanted. He was pretty dorky."