Rewards | Fire Keeper's Club
Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Born in Winnipeg, Randy Bachman has become a legendary figure in the rock ‘n’ roll world through his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has earned over 120 gold and platinum album and singles awards around the world for performing and producing. His songwriting has awarded him the coveted number one spot on radio playlists in over 20 countries and he has amassed over 40 million records sold. Bachman’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists and placed in dozens of television, movie and commercial soundtracks. His music has provided a veritable soundtrack of the last 30 years of popular music.
Bachman’s first hit, “Shakin’ All Over,” came in 1965 with his band The Guess Who, and scored him his first taste of radio success atop the Billboard charts. It would be another few years before the glare of the spotlight would be cast upon these young Canadian boys again. Sticking it out through some misadventures paid off for the band, and they worked their way back up to the top of the charts in a spectacular way. The Guess Who went on to virtually “own” the pop charts with an unprecedented run of 5 million-selling singles, a direct result of Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings’ collaborative, surefire songwriting.
By 1970, The Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian recording industry during that time, even outselling the Beatles that year. Their hits included: “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “Undun,” “No Time,” “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman.” Due to health concerns and a lingering desire to change his lifestyle, Randy left The Guess Who at the height of their success. While this move stunned the music world, Randy knew that he could never leave music behind. In 1970, he formed Brave Belt, a country rock outfit, and experimented with a new musical style and lineup that eventually morphed into Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Noted for his contributions as an iconic Canadian rock musician, he has played an integral role in the evolution and growth of the Canadian music industry and continues to serve as both an inspiration and impetus for others to succeed.