Canadian Musical Icon and two time Canada's Walk of Fame member Randy Bachman will be making a solo appearance at the Fallsview Casino this September. Part of the Songwriters Series, this unique concert is also a master class, as Bachman shares stories behind the creation of some of Canada's most popular songs of all-time.
Randy Bachman Musical Biography
Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Randy Bachman is a Canadian musician who rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s in the world of rock music. Founding member of the rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Bachman’s musical inclinations began at a very young age. Born on born September 27, 1943, Bachman won a singing contest on radio station CKY's King of the Saddle programme at the age of 3 and started learning the violin when he was 5 years old.
Bachman’s violin lessons continued till the age of 12 and a few years later in 1960, he formed a band along with Chad Allan called Al and The Silvertones in Winnipeg. Subsequently, the band was renamed The Guess Who and their cover version of Johnny Kidd's Shakin' All Over made it to the top of the 1965 charts in Canada. Burton Cummings stepped into the group when Allan left in 1966 but the band enjoyed only moderate success in the following years. It was only in 1969 that they broke into the international scene with These Eyes which had lyrics by Bachman and Cummings. The band’s fame increased in the next three years and they achieved immense popularity with their albums Wheatfield Soul and Canned Wheat, both in 1969, and American Woman (1970). In fact it was the first time that a Canadian band had made it to the top of the US charts with the single American Woman.
Bachman left the band soon after and went on to form the band Brave Belt in 1971 with Chad Allan, Robbie Bachman and Fred Turner. The band was renamed Bachman–Turner Overdrive when Allan left the group and Tim Bachman stepped in. Their second self-titled album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II was successful with the singles Takin' Care of Business, and Let It Ride becoming popular. The LP Not Fragile topped the album charts in 1974 and the single You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet also climbed to number 1 position. In 1977, Randy Bachman left the band and embarked on a solo music career and in between also formed a band called Ironhorse with bassist/singer Tom Sparks that produced a couple of moderately successful albums.
Randy Bachman's Recent Career
The years thereafter saw Bachman reuniting with The Guess Who in 1983 for a Canadian tour. Later, a reunion of Bachman–Turner Overdrive also took place and after that Bachman went on several tours with The Guess Who in the early 2000s. Subsequently, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman formed the band Bachman Cummings. Bachman and The Guess Who have been honoured with several awards including the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2002. Bachman has been inducted twice into Canada's Walk of Fame as part of The Guess Who and also as a solo artist. He released an album Heavy Blues, in 2015 with musical contributions by Neil Young, Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa and others. He continues to tour with his own band and is scheduled to perform in Niagara Falls later this year.
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