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Burton Cummings is that rare artist who has transcended time, genres and generations. One of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history, he is also unquestionably Canada’s most beloved rock ‘n’ roll son.
With rock ‘n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, Burton scored an unprecedented string of international hit singles and albums including: “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time,” “American Woman,” “Share The Land,” “Hang On To Your Life,” “Albert Flasher,” “Sour Suite,” “Orly,” “Glamour Boy,” “Star Baby,” “Clap For The Wolfman” and “Dancin’ Fool,” all written or co-written by Burton.
The group notched up a long list of firsts including the first Canadian group to reach #1 on the Billboard charts (holding that spot for three weeks) and the first to earn a platinum album for sales of over 1 million copies in the US. Rolling Stone magazine hailed The Guess Who as “one of rock’s most consistently fascinating maverick bands.”
Striking out on his own in 1976, Burton continued his winning streak with a gold record for his debut solo single Stand Tall. He followed that with more than a dozen hit singles including: “I’m Scared,” “I Will Play a Rhapsody,” “Timeless Love,” “Break It To Them Gently,” “Fine State of Affairs,” “Love Dreams,” “You Saved My Soul,” and “My Own Way To Rock.” His 1978 album Dream Of A Child became the first quadruple platinum-selling album by a Canadian artist.
Through the ’80s and ’90s Burton continued to tour, including joining Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. He also launched his acclaimed Up Close and Alone solo concert series. A live album of the same name followed.
His 2008 solo album, the critically-acclaimed Above The Ground, was his first to feature all original songs by Burton. Fans and critics glowed with superlatives citing the album as his best work in decades. Despite his many years in the music business, Burton still possessed the muse and the uncanny ability to craft magic in the recording studio. In 2012, Burton released his first ever live solo album Massey Hall, featuring some of his biggest career hits with The Guess Who and solo.
Never content to rest on his extraordinary accomplishments, Burton Cummings continues to write, record and perform. “Not all artists are lucky enough to have that kind of staying power,” he admits. “It’s pretty amazing.” A consummate artist, performer and professional, he possesses an extraordinary gift for entertaining, never failing to delight audiences from 10 to 10,000 across the United States and Canada.
Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure and a living legend; for Burton Cummings, there has always been one constant—he remains true to himself and his own way to rock.