Was The Guess Who ever screwed by their record company? As a 19-year-old, he joined the Guess Who as a keyboardist and singer. You just showed up and started rapping the lyrics over the riff? All the songs that I can’t do anymore will be done over a couple of nights for film. Any regrets about any of it, your days in The Guess Who? That’s just embarrassing to me. In part one of our interview with Randy Bachman, which you can read here, the legendary Canadian singer-guitarist-songwriter, of Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame, talked about his early roots and his love of the Beatles—specifically George Harrison, the subject of Bachman’s 2018 tribute album, By George—By Bachman.. Massey Hall features some of Burton’s largest hits from his The Guess Who and solo career which span five decades These Eyes, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight, Undun, Timeless Love, Stand Tall and Above The Ground. What were the lyrics about? I haven’t talked to him much for a while. If Aerosmith did steal from it, I don’t hear it. Those guys who call themselves “The Guess Who” are just a karaoke band. If you saw that today it would be on an SNL skit. As the Beatles had songs on the charts at the time, Guess Who fans joked that the band was "bigger than the Beatles". They would get a weekend pass and would come up and bring their record with them; James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, tremendous R&B artists that I don’t think they were hearing in the rest of Canada. ... Good ' History ' From The Guess Who. It doesn’t bother me, because you can see that the people who matter can tell the difference. So I had this shirt on that said “Captain America” and when I filled out the slip, I used that as my name. No, I haven’t heard it. There’s a reference in there to The Guess Who as being a “bunch of drunken buffoons”. I’d like to decipher your hit songs. I hear all kinds of stories from my fans who have experienced personal loss or tragedy and tell me “your song brought me through it”. They just got another lead singer in the past few weeks, I think it’s about the 37th one they’ve had…. That’s kind of sad in a way, there’s a level of hate. We played with The Stones at the SARS festival. I don’t think Kale was singing, we started realizing that Kale’s voice wasn’t really strong. The Guess Who, or at least the former lead singer of the Canadian band comes to Las Vegas for a two-night show next month. He could have used any of a thousand bands, and he chose us, and I’m very flattered by that. He was a duck hunter. I dialed that up, and the one just previous to it had this whole stanza about “the dust of death”, and I thought, this is meant to be. Burton Cummings was born in 1947 in Winnipeg, Canada. You’ve mentioned that your mother was very supportive of you throughout your career; what were her thoughts on you being one of the most prolific songwriters to come out of Canada? He co-starred in the movie "Melanie.". So the three of us went bang bang bang, yada yada yada, and that was it. “Takin’ Care of Business”, and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, on that he’s OK. The rest is just gobledey gook, war machines and ghetto scenes? Eventually I got control of all the songs from The Guess Who days, they’re all in Shillelagh Music now. You don’t often think that the head of a government knows your music. Login . I mean shame on me, I let Domenic Troiano talk me into singing the hits as a medley, so he could have his arrogant fucking jazz solos go on a little longer. When The Stones did “Stripped” they sounded great, they actually sounded like a band again, it was fucking tremendous! The song was co-written by the group's lead guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings and originally included on the band's 1969 album Wheatfield Soul. The thing that made The Guess Who so special is that unlike most others, the band stayed put in their country of birth, they put out a staggering stream of hit singles, and they did it all from within Canada. How about drums? “Rain Dance.” We’re going to bring that back because we finally have enough guys to do the chant. Check out our new album out now! I don’t even really like the term “fan” because it seems a bit condescending. [Burton Cummings] and I were the forces of the band because he was the lead singer and keyboard player, and I was the guitar, and we started to write songs together. I was just so fed up of the road and staying in Holiday Inn’s, I just wanted to go home and get drunk or get high. This album is notable for being the first full-length "Guess Who" album to feature Burton Cummings on lead vocals and the first without original lead singer Chad Allan. Are you kidding? They would come up and slaughter our deer. There used to be a book of quotes by Mao Tse Tung that people would carry around in the revolution days, and in it there was a quote that said “Power comes out of the barrel of a gun”, and I never forgot that. As a matter of fact, I liked the song so much; I re-recorded it on “Dream Of A Child” with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter on guitar. Didn’t the song come about because Randy was playing the riff at a sound check? I’m sure for people like McCartney and Burt Bacharach, the great writers, I’m sure it’s the same. I wasn’t even thirty years old yet, and it was enough already with The Guess Who. What was that like? By this time it was close to Christmas, and I thought to myself, “let’s have an adventure. While Bachman initially took … The only time I got up from the kit all night was to play the keyboard intro to “These Eyes”. One way or another, it doesn’t matter because I like “Heartbroken Bopper”’s vocal. Then he told some people, not knowing it would get back to me, “I can’t wait until Cummings finds out about this, it’s going to drive him nuts”. Randy and I had already left, Randy had BTO and I was working on my third solo album when Kale phoned us one day in Los Angeles and asked if we minded if he used the name. He was in a band called Wild Rice and that was one of the things that they did before we snagged him up after Randy was bounced. What do you mean it was the gig that you blew? What’s weird is that offers are starting to be talked about for Canada’s 150th anniversary. So what did the lyrics in the song mean? Cummings continues to work on releasing a new album, plays occasional shows with Randy Bachman as The Bachman-Cummings Band, featuring The Carpet Frogs, a band from Toronto and makes occasional appearances at various Canadian casinos as a solo performer. He would get up and do my song. I can’t do that vocal any more every night, but we’re going to do a rarities show. On November 23rd, 2004, Burton Cummings' new single "With God on Our Side" debuted at 21st spot on a Canadian music internet music chart. Cummings ultimately made the move to Sherman Oaks, California, and began writing and singing for films in the late 1970s. Randy and I had heard everything, from Georgie Fame to James Brown to The Rooftop Singers. Wasn’t the flip side of that single a song called “Broken”? American Woman was a big hit, but that wasn’t a tough band yet. This guy was crazy; snakes had bitten him something like a hundred times. That would have been a great title for the piece [laughs]. After watching him produce my first two albums, I decided to take the plunge and produce myself. Randy had told me that the lyrics were out of a really long Bob Dylan song. Once upon a time I was going to write an autobiography and call it “Colored Lights Can Hypnotize”. We were just trying to get on the radio. Here it is again, I hear how he “left the band…”. Definitely that would have been the best “live” Guess Who lineup, we toured endlessly, about ten months of the year. All of that went down, it was a remarkable journey. Solo hits in Canada included "Stand Tall" (also his only American hit, peaking at #10), "I'm Scared," "Break it to Them Gently," and "Fine State of Affairs." Originally it was just a riff I came up with to warm up my hands, that was how it started. The next year, they had two US chart-toppers: " American Woman " and " No Sugar Tonight ." “Laughing” “Laughing” was written in about 25 or 30 minutes while we were waiting for the ferry to take us back to Vancouver from Vancouver Island. These Eyes, Laughing, No Working with Kurt was never like work, it was more like a party. In the late 1950s, Allan formed a band called The Silvertones with other Winnipeg teenagers, including bassist Jim Kale. The funny thing is that when you listen to a Keith Richards solo album and then a Mick Jagger solo album, the difference is un-fucking-believable. Never miss out on gossip, celebrity photos, videos, divorces, scandals and more. Beer bottles started flying and the audience is booing. The Guess Who emerged from a series of Winnipeg bands fronted by lead singer Chad Allan. For a while, Bruce Decker from the Deverons was with us, but Randy decided he just wasn’t good enough, so Randy forced me to become a rhythm guitar player as well. They have a few more contestants come up and then the whole thing ends. Reflecting on the album Burton says “I still try my best to recreate the records just the way they sounded. Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings recruited guitarists Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw to replace Bachman. No matter how late I’d been up I’d get up Sunday mornings, and they would have HITS AROUND THE WORLD! We didn’t have as good a manager as we should have, so our percentage was just pathetic, and when he re-negotiated he didn’t bump it up at all. But, as the rock and roll hall of fame will tell you, success isn’t measured on album sales alone. No, Kale got hold of it, and then he sold half the rights to Peterson for a dollar. Burton play's CP33 when he is live on stage. If you could do Eric Burdon, or Paul McCartney doing “Long Tall Sally” or Mike Smith from The Dave Clark Five, you were a bit of a screamer. What follows is a frank and often illuminating account of the most successful band in Canada’s history. It’s obvious. Britain has The Beatles and The Stones, the U.S.A. has Elvis and Sinatra, and Canada has The Guess Who. What were you trying to say in it? I think it was. Very ugly. “Do you miss me darling” was Kurt’s hook, but I had the “what good is it, if I can’t even sing it to you” part kicking around for a while. Available at iTunes, amazon, spotify, bandcamp and old fashion CD with digital booklet limited edition. Burton Cummings and the Guess Who gave Canadians what it had longed for, for decades; a seat at the big table. "With God on Our Side" is a cover of the famous Bob Dylan song. Hang on to your life. You just can’t predict it. It was unbelievable how many people they had performing at this thing, and how many people were in attendance. He was always very nice to us. So I go up and say to him “hey, you got Mack The Knife”? Genres: Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock. First of all they had just witnessed AC/DC blowing the lid off of half a million people, and then out comes Mick and he invites Justin Timberlake on the stage, and they’re going “whoo-ooh-hoo-ooh-hoo-ooh-hoo”. So then David Bowie came along and changed everything. The band played local gigs in and around the Winnipeg area and after a series of personnel changes, the band consisted of Kowbell, guitarist Randy Bachman, drummer Garry Peterson, bassist Jim Kale and keyboard player Bob Ashley. We stayed in Winnipeg, even after we bounced Randy. Was the payoff more lucrative? It was just stupid. How did Randy Bachman’s conversion to Mormonism affect the dynamic within the band? In short, they put the country on the musical map and opened the door for all the other artists who stayed and followed at the same time. He had some pieces and I had some pieces, and they were both in the key of C, we threw them together and bingo-bango. I did two albums with Richard, what a master he is. He says “sure, yeah” and lets it rip. Was it? Randy was the one who recruited you into the band wasn’t he? https://www.songwriteruniverse.com/randy-bachman-interview-2018.htm They have also released an album titled The Thunderbird Trax, which is an album that Cummings and Bachman recorded in Bachman's toolshed in British Columbia in 1987, this album was previously never released for the general public, and in 2006 was finally released for sale exclusively at Bachman-Cummings concerts, and not online or in stores. What’s your current relationship with Randy like? I’ve read that a lot of people think this song is about a drug overdose. I was 18 and I had just left the Deverons to join up with the biggest band in Canada. That was more about record industry people than anyone, it was a combination of people who tried to tell us no, or put us down. Hmmm. He just started playing chords, which are a bit like “Because” by the Dave Clark Five. Ironically, the song also hit No. Hit songs included ‘American Woman,’ ‘No … That’s one of Randy’s songs. I was outside bartering with some fuck over some Gene Vincent records that he had that I really wanted to own. He co-wrote and produced the upcoming new release from the band, along with Will Evankovich. I had had that before. And we were doing a lot of acid in those days, and the big fear then was the death trip. For me, “Guns” is not one of those, it’s stood up as a non-love song. We sat together one night for one of those Juno awards. Kurt and I had been friends, where Randy and I had never been friendly. It just really pissed me off. I was exhausted. It just happened as a jam. This goes back to one of my earlier questions where I said I detect this kind of Native Canadian element. The Bachman-Cummings Band have released a compilation album titled the Bachman Cummings Song Book featuring hits from The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Cummings' solo career. Tell me about the creation of The Guess Who’s live effort, Live at The Paramount. Through the years we watched the hunters come up from the states, up to Manitoba to go hunting. We would hear Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Billy Fury and The Tornados, Digger Revelle from Australia. What really makes the accomplishments of The Guess Who amazing, and a lot of people outside of Canada don’t know this, is that the band achieved all their early successes without the presence of the Canadian content laws. It turned out to be a pretty good album, and when it came out we were starting to be taken really seriously as a band. It will be songs like “Bopper,” “Hang On To Your Life,” the stuff that I was screaming when I was 21; I can do it once for the cameras. The song was co-written by the group's lead guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings and originally included on the band's 1969 album Wheatfield Soul. What would you say is your favorite Guess Who album? We used to have to come home to Winnipeg by flying from wherever we ended the tour, to Chicago, then Minneapolis, then to Fargo, then Grand Forks, and then Winnipeg, it was the only way to come home. With these three stations competing with each other in a city of 500,000 people, the radio was just on fire, and we were hearing things that they just were not hearing in the rest of Canada. "These Eyes" is a great tune, and you wil sing along and laugh as your voice breaks. By the time the album “Number 10” came around in 1973 I was fucking exhausted. Seven of us spent the whole summer in two hotel rooms, four in one room and three in the other. Keyboardist Bob Ashley rounded out the five-man lineup, which changed its name to Chad Allan & the Expressions in 1965. I played that riff in Albert Flasher for about two years, and the guy I was living with, Gary McLean from McLean and McLean finally said one day, “why don’t you just put that riff into a song”? The live version of “American Woman,” what’s with “watcha gonna do when the roast beef’s gone”? He was a very nice guy, and he knew a few of my tunes, which was very flattering. I’m playing stuff for the guys like “I’m Scared,” one of the greatest songs I ever wrote, and I’m still in The Guess Who and they don’t want to do it, they don’t think it’s any good. So that’s what started the idea of writing the song, and then I got more ethereal; “you be the red king, I’ll be the yellow pawn”. I’m certainly willing to call myself a fan of other artists, but I don’t like to call them fans because I would rather talk with somebody than at somebody. I met him a couple of times, yes. There were three bags of mail, and my job was to tell people that it didn’t matter which bag they put the mail in. On today’s date in 1969, Winnipeg rock group The Guess Who saw These Eyes achieve gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales topping one million copies.. Jun 9, 2020 - Explore Jean Garrison's board "THE GUESS WHO", followed by 230 people on Pinterest. I had at least 100 trips. Did they rip off The Guess Who? I’d like to decipher your hit songs. None of it made sense to me at the end and I really should have left two years earlier. That song was finished in about 25 minutes. Most recently, the band played at the so-called "SARSstock" concert in Toronto. It basically kept my music on the air and was responsible for me getting more airplay than anyone else in the history of the country.That law helped create the Canadian recording industry. I was about 19 or 20 at the time, they’re not about real things, I hadn’t had enough time for real heartbreak yet. The only time I got up from the kit all night was to play the keyboard intro to “These Eyes”. You hear all the time about the Beatles doing this, and performing in The Cavern Club. It was just a way better fit. We drove from London to Southampton, and then sailed. Eight days at sea, the same route that the Titanic took… There was almost nobody on the boat because nobody would be crazy enough to do this in December. The Guess Who embarked on an unsuccessful tour of England and returned home to record commercials and appear on the television program Let's Go, hosted by Chad Allan. It was the second show of the night, we were playing at The Broom and Stone, a curling club in Toronto. It was about Bowie and the changes he was affecting. If Randy wrote them, I doubt it had anything to do with drugs. That’s what it fell into towards the end. Absolutely! Randy Bachman and drummer Garry Peterson joined in 1962, when the group’s name was changed to Chad Allan & The Reflections. “These Eyes” and “Laughing” aren’t about real people. I do the best ever Mack The Knife that the entire Valley has seen in forty years, I get a bit standing ovation, the place is going nuts. In the 1950’s, Canada’s youth watched with rapt attention while Elvis burned up the charts and drove teens wild. We did 15 or 16 albums for RCA and the royalty percentage was just pathetic from day one, and it’s never really gotten any better. That’s why I had to stop doing acid, otherwise I’d be doing it every day. I mean, what the hell was I singing? People are getting called up and they’re singing songs that they had no business trying to sing, and then at one point, my name gets drawn and the MC calls “Captain America, you’re up”. You don’t realize the “trickle-down” effect you have when you write a song and it becomes a hit. Cummings has enjoyed in a dazzling career spanning more than forty years. We were hearing stuff that the rest of the country was just not hearing. Growing up in Winnipeg, we had three AM stations in the 50’s and 60’s all competing for the audience. We never said “go ahead and copyright the name and make it like a McDonalds franchise”. Burton Lorne Cummings, OC OM (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. I got with Richard Perry who was the hottest producer in North America at the time. He first helped form the Guess Who in the mid-1960s, and wrote most of their hits with lead singer, Burton Cummings. And “Godspeed mother nature”? I know most probably refer to the period when Bachman was in the group as the “classic” period, but what was your favorite lineup of The Guess Who? Cummings charted outside Canada with "Stand Tall" and "You Saved My Soul." In 1969, The Guess Who scored a huge international hit with "These Eyes", co-written by Cummings (with Randy Bachman). First Time Around TV Special now on DVD released Nov 2006 on the Sony BMG label. We were doing the midnight special a lot at the time, and we had gotten really friendly with The Wolfman, and they had a great song (sings the riff), but I just didn’t like what they were singing about so I changed it to be about The Wolfman, and sure enough it became a hit record. I sung it for him in front of him and his wife many times, at some huge corporate events. The only time I got up from the kit all night was to play the keyboard intro to “These Eyes”. It was followed up by another monster hit "Laughing", again written by Cummings/Bachman. Lead-Singer Burton Cummings Also Had Solo Hits - " Stand Tall " Among Them. Maybe it’s because of the Internet, I don’t know. And of course it was in the days before terrorism, and I actually saw this one time, I’m not making this up. It’s a big deal for the country. It was a desperation money machine at the end, the other guys wouldn’t hear of it, and I just said “this is not what I want to do”. 1 in Canada with "American Woman." In 1975, after 10 years, Cummings left The Guess Who to become a solo artist and the group disbanded. It was just bullshit. You can write a love song in 1890 and do a version of it in 1960 it’s still okay, but it’s the non-love songs that get corny after a while. Some may argue that there were plenty of other acts to come out of the north; Buffalo Springfield had Neil Young, Dylan had The Band, and countless others had made their mark. We were all over Europe, Leskiw was checking all the brothels out, we were having a blast. I can at least get these out one more time for the cameras. That’s exactly right. I played a little bit of harp in it, but it was all Greg. We were all in our 20’s you know? I was traipsing around Europe all by myself, and I was sitting in Orly airport in Paris on my way to visit my sister. The song "Undun" featured Cummings on a jazzy flute solo. Burton Cummings is a Canadian musician and songwriter who was the lead singer of The Guess Who, before launching a successful solo career. One of them was clear channel, 50,000 watts. We were touring endlessly in the states on the strength of, what was it? So that’s what this award is about, it’s not about the old days, it’s about from that point on. There’s now some karaoke band that call themselves The Guess Who. What about as a solo artist? See more ideas about the guess who, burton cummings, guess. Musician and songwriter Burton Cummings promises to … Greg Leskiw doing country. Bobby finished the tour with us in San Francisco, with me playing rhythm guitar, and I’m not really good enough to do that. And Randy says to us one day “Oh my God, I have gall bladder problems, I might be dying, I’ve got to get in the hospital, I’ve got to get home to Winnipeg” and so we recruited this kid from Philadelphia named Bobby Sevelico to play guitar to save us from lawsuits. Under Cummings’ leadership The Guess Who would continue, with various lineup changes, until 1975. No, they had a song they were working on called “Clap For Napoleon” and it was all about the CB radio craze, which was the really popular thing of that time. - 41. Any grade two guy could do that. You need six voices to pull that off, at least two of them to chant “don’t you wanna, don’t you wanna”. One day Kurt picks up his guitar and starts doing his bit in D, and I just thought, “Fucking A, here we go.”. I’m not the bitter guy up on the hill. They would come up to Winnipeg to party, because Winnipeg was the closest big city. She came home one day from working at Eaton’s and I said, “by the way, I quit school today,” expecting the roof to cave in, but she was cool about it all. "These Eyes" was the culmination of their efforts, and it became their first Top 10 hit in the US. So they talked to me to get my side of it and then they talked to Peterson, and Peterson just seized the opportunity to shit on me in print for that booklet. I think I just came up with a brilliant idea for the title of this article…. We used to call McDougall “The Cherokee.”.

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