Following the departure of Tim Bachman and the addition of Blair Thornton on lead guitar, thee band’s commercial prospects brightened, with the back-to-back single hits “Takin’ Care of Business,” which reached #12 in the U.S. and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” a #1 hit. It ended that version of the band.[4]. While "Let It Ride" was BTO's first Top 40 hit in the U.S. (peaking at #23), "Takin' Care of Business" would become one of the band's most enduring anthems. "[22], In 2003, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame voted to induct Bachman–Turner Overdrive into the museum. They were a part of the soundtrack of my youth! In between the latter two albums, BTO released their only non-album single "Down to the Line". Their 1970s catalog included five Top 40 albums and six US Top 40 singles (eleven in Canada). Wherever the band was getting significant airplay, Bachman–Turner Overdrive immediately travelled there, regardless of the tour routing, to build momentum. The band members are C.F. After the Van Halen tour ended, Randy split and Tim kept going briefly as BTO (see line-ups below). 12, June 19, 1976", "Top Singles - Volume 26, No. "Stephen King FAQ: 'Why did you write books as Richard Bachman? "We were doing the High Voltage Festival (in England a few months ago) and former Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott had the dressing room next to ours," Turner … Chad Allan appeared as a vocalist on two Brave Belt II songs, but left the band shortly after the album's recording. Turner would reunite to play concert dates in Europe, Canada and the US in 2010 backed by Randy's current band of Marc LaFrance, Mick Dalla-Vee and Brent Howard, billed simply as Bachman & Turner. Ownership of rights in relation to the name(s) outside of the United States and Canada are uncertain. A double live album (Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC) was recorded at that show, which was also filmed and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray later in the year. Seriously dude sledgehammer is one of the greatest songs. "[4] With management pressure to capitalize on their growing success, BTO quickly recorded Four Wheel Drive in May 1975, which included the single "Hey You". Wonderful to see that his home country, Canada, has recognized his greatness by inducting both GW and BTO into their music HOF. [4] Fach called Bachman, and Randy describes the conversation from there: I could hear "Gimme Your Money Please" playing in the background, and that was the first song on the tape. 1 single on the Canadian RPM charts. Related: Best Classic Bands’ interview with Randy Bachman, on BTO and the Guess Who, Fred Turner (left) and Randy Bachman (Photo from Bachman’s Facebook page). Also other data will not be shared with third person. For a period during the mid-1970s, BTO enjoyed high sales, steady radio play, and sold out arena shows. Hats off to Fred for a tremendous legacy of rock. All Rights reserved. BTO's last album, Trial by Fire, doesn't have Randy Bachman, but it does have Fred Turner, and its recording quality shows 20 years of audio advances. It was the first BTO album to prominently feature outside songwriters, particularly Prism's Jim Vallance, who also co-produced the album. His only source of income is his music. 68 on the US charts. Top Selling Albums of 1968: Here’s to You! Subsequent lineups enjoyed only moderate success. 21 on the US charts, "Hey You" would become BTO's second No. 4, October 23, 1976", "Top Singles - Volume 27, No. The sibling rivalry between Robbie and Randy that had started with the 1984 reunion album continued during this era. While garnering some airplay on traditional rock stations, it also received fairly heavy rotation on soft rock stations which normally did not play bands like BTO. [13] Chapman later stepped in as drummer for Peterson after the latter severely injured his leg while playing softball during the group's downtime on the road. [33] There appeared to be general legal agreement that one could perform under one's own legal names such as "Bachman & Turner", so the newly reunited pair were billed as such for the 2010 tour and album. Freeways, BTO's sixth studio album that was recorded in late 1976 and released in February 1977, signalled the end of BTO's most successful line-up. The record label still wanted Brave Belt to tour, so Randy (at the suggestion of Neil Young) hired fellow Winnipeg bassist/vocalist C. F. ("Fred") Turner to perform in the band's scheduled gigs. Jeff Woods interviews Randy Bachman & Fred Turner at ExploreMusic One such opportunity occurred in St. Louis, Missouri. It has 26 songs on two CDs. Although peaking at only No. Social Sharing 2 former members of 1970s rock group BTO back in business He is the only Trial by Fire–era member of BTO, besides Fred Turner, to have played shows after the disbandment in January 2005. The track "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" was featured as part of a running joke in the Harry Enfield sketch "Smashie and Nicey" in the early 1990s, with the duo playing the song to end almost every show. They didn't know we were Canadian, they just knew the songs. BTO went on to record Head On, releasing it in December 1975. Randy told us his songs were fine and forced the album. The region had been saturated with our album. 12, June 18, 1977", "Top Singles - Volume 28, No. Following a cross-Canada tour in the summer of 1975, the band members were already developing songs for the next album. Drugs made the guys in The Guess Who change. 19 on the charts, this compilation album became the best-selling Bachman–Turner Overdrive album to date, reaching Double Platinum status in the US.[15]. Head On also featured the jazzy Randy Bachman composition "Lookin' Out for #1", which reached #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart. 13, December 20, 1975", "Top Singles - Volume 24, No. A promoter, disheartened with reactions to Allan's country-flavoured songs, which the band was still playing, decided to sack Brave Belt for the Saturday night show and bring in a more rock-oriented replacement from Toronto. Randy Bachman, who already hosted the successful radio show "Randy's Vinyl Tap", was slated to be the host of a new television show called "Road to Guitar", which was set to air on the Discovery Channel. "Driving Music: Bachman–Turner Overdrive", article at, Contemporary Musicians/Bachman-Turner Overdrive bio at, A clip of one song from those recordings, "Can't Take It with You", is available along with the interview at. [48], BTO in 1974 (L–R: Fred Turner, Robbie Bachman, Randy Bachman, Blair Thornton), Randy's departure and the new "BTO" 1977–1979, Disbandment, side projects, and reunions 1979–1991, Awards and recognition and other achievements, The first word of the band's name is pronounced in Canada as (. Randy Bachman had very strong religious beliefs and established rules to be in BTO. BTO released their eponymous first album in May 1973. The band played the halftime show at the 2010 Grey Cup in Edmonton. Other members of Brave Belt were Chad Allan and Fred Turner. Thornton had been in the Vancouver-based band Crosstown Bus, which released one album on MCA records. Randy stated they asked him to tour with them but he was working on another project and had to decline. 24, 2010. The band had already mulled over using their surnames (à la Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Randy had already written the core of "Takin' Care of Business" several years earlier as "White Collar Worker" while in The Guess Who, but that band had felt it was not their type of song. [13] The re-structured BTO released Street Action in February 1978. The royalties have been continuously increasing his net worth, and this is the reason he is still a millionaire at this old age. Facing some criticism for the "sameness" of the band's songs on the two follow-up albums to Not Fragile, Randy Bachman wanted to update BTO's sound, including adding horns and strings on some songs, but the rest of the band seemed to disagree. The main architects behind Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner took their Bachman & Turner show to New York City’s infamous Roseland Ballroom in 2010, after releasing an eponymous album the same year. The song serves as the theme song to the movie. Rob Bachman and Blair Thornton claim that US and Canadian rights for the BTO name and trademark were transferred to Rob Bachman, Blair Thornton and Fred Turner when Randy Bachman commenced a solo career in 1977. Some early confirmed tour dates announced were June 2010 at the Sweden Rock Festival and the High Voltage Festival in July 2010 at London UK; the story added that there was also interest from agents as far away as South America and Australia.[28]. In retrospect, that's what a lot of great bands do. The others reluctantly gave him permission to do so to get his way out of debt. In the second explanation, the other members (particularly Robbie and Blair) have maintained that Randy quit. The others then chose to go on as BTO without him. Reportedly, Fach had agreed to put this album on the Mercury label only if the band would promote it with a heavy concert schedule. Is the rest of the album like this?" The latter was actually a studio recording with the audience sound added to it. [And] they've got another guy to take my place who unfortunately is named Randy. "[4], After Reprise Records dropped Brave Belt from their label, Randy Bachman emptied his own bank account to finance another set of recordings with the Brave Belt II lineup, and began to shop around the next album. Said Randy in a 1974 Rolling Stone interview: "I know from experience what can ruin a good thing. As the band played songs like "Proud Mary", "Brown Sugar" and "All Right Now", the dance floor filled up and, according to Randy, "We instantly saw the difference between playing sit-down music people could talk over and playing music they would jump out of their seats and dance to. Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, half of the 1970s Winnipeg-based rock group BTO, are reuniting for an album and tour. Randy Bachman - Fred Turner* - Robin Bachman* With Chad Allan: Randy Bachman - Fred Turner* - Robin Bachman* With Chad Allan - As Brave Belt (Album) 11 versions : Reprise Records: MS 2210: US: 1974: Sell This Version: 11 versions 1 single ("You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"). Billy Chapman later became the drummer for Randy Bachman's band and drummed on Randy's 1993 solo album Any Road. Pitty ! BTO's second album, Bachman–Turner Overdrive II, was released in December 1973 and became an enormous hit in the US (peaking at No. 2_3, March 15, 1975", "Top Singles - Volume 23, No. 1, August 24, 1974", "Top Singles - Volume 22, No. Your data will be safe!Your e-mail address will not be published. Randy Bachman's new band, Ironhorse, produced two records , then changed its name to Union and added Fred Turner for their final record. In September 1974, the first BTO album with the modified line-up, Not Fragile (a play on the hit album Fragile by Yes), was released. The original lineup consisted of Randy Bachman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Fred Turner (bass guitar, lead vocals), Tim Bachman (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Bachman (drums). 2, August 25, 1973", "Top Singles - Volume 20, No. We just hope Mr. Fred Turner wasn’t singing, “Stayed Up All Night,” before turning over his Little Gandy Dancer to us. 1975: Juno Award winner, Group of the Year, 1976: Juno Award winner, Group of the Year, 1978: Juno Award nomination, Group of the Year, 2014: Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Inductee, Billy Chapman – drums (January 1987 – April 1987), John Cody – drums (May 1987 – January 1988), Rick Fedyk – drums (January 1988 – April 1988), Brent Howard – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, For "Little Gandy Dancer/Gimme Your Money Please", This page was last edited on 18 December 2020, at 18:42. The first one to be made available again since the disbandment was Freeways in 2005, followed by Bachman–Turner Overdrive II in 2006 and Four Wheel Drive in 2008. [34] The CD set also features one Brave Belt song ("Never Comin' Home"), and eight songs on disc two are from the long out-of-print B.T.O. MacInnis, Craig. Fred Turner was a member of Union along with Randy Bachman. Randy Bachman (guitars, vocals); C.F. In 1986, they released a live album culled from their 1985 tour called Live! Article in. In 1973, BTO was created, with an original lineup that included Randy Bachman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Fred Turner (bass, lead vocals), Tim Bachman (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Bachman (drums). Said Randy in a 1999 interview, "They said, 'We'll just call ourselves BTO. [26][27], On September 12, 2009, the Winnipeg Free Press had already reported that Randy Bachman and C.F. This plum opening slot was done by a trio line-up of Randy, Tim and Garry Peterson (allegedly with some bass parts and Fred's voice provided via tapes) since Fred Turner had been unavailable when the group was first contacted by Van Halen's management. The album's eventual success was very much the result of the band's relentless touring. (Nathan … So he said, "Well, I have a meeting with my A&R people, but as far as I'm concerned, this is great and I want to sign it. ), “Givin’ It all Away” and “Freewheelin'” – all should have a Mr. Yuck sticker on them. But after hearing the track with Turner's vocals, Randy asked if his former bandmate could contribute more vocals and some original compositions and offered to put his solo project on hold in favour of a Bachman-Turner album. "Where's the beef, you ask?" After the band went into a hiatus in 2005, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2009 to tour and collaborate on a new album. 4 in 1974) and their native Canada (peaking at No. Not Fragile was the first rock album I ever bought in the early 70s. We were really working—it was six days a week, five sets a night. 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