Gormley, Peter. While on their way back from a gig in Toronto, the group had spotted a copy of a trucker's magazine called Overdrive while dining at the Colonial Steak House in Windsor, Ontario, run by Colonial Jim Lambros. Since the last disbandment of the band in 2005, several of their albums have been reissued. "For the Weekend", a song from this album, was released as a single and had a companion music video. Fred Turner and Jim Clench also appeared on Bryan Adams' debut album in 1980 as session musicians. "Lookin' Out for #1" also peaked at number 15 on the US Adult Contemporary chart in 1976. Also other data will not be shared with third person. Randy told us his songs were fine and forced the album. IMHO, Not Fragile had three awful songs “Sledge Hammer” (yuk! 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. "[8], At this point the band's demo tape was still called Brave Belt III. Turner (bass, vocals); Marc LaFrance (drums, percussion, vocals); Brent Howard Knudsen (guitars, vocals); Mick Dalla-Vee (guitars, vocals). In 1972, another Bachman brother, Tim, joined Brave Belt after the departure of Allan. They were a part of the soundtrack of my youth! 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]. A week later, I’d get letters saying ‘Dear Randy, We pass.’ We’re thinking of calling our greatest hits album We Pass and printing all those refusals on the jacket. Randy Bachman (guitars, vocals); C.F. Bachman–Turner Overdrive often abbreviated as BTO, was a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. For a period during the mid-1970s, BTO enjoyed high sales, steady radio play, and sold out arena shows. Tom Sparks was the vocalist for the first Ironhorse album, along with Randy, but was replaced by Frank Ludwig for the second album in 1980. Disc two also adds live versions of "Blue Collar" and "Give It Time", recorded at the same Japan concerts but not released on the vinyl edition. Live! Other members of Brave Belt were Chad Allan and Fred Turner. Randy Bachman and C.F. Legendary BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE hollerer Fred Turner is a big part of why BTO are so beloved by the bikers, and that wrench-turning comment underscores the whole BTO vibe with bikes and cogs and trucks and truckers, as do the band’s songs about rollin’ down the road to terrorize the next town with big riffs at high volume. We got there and it was an outdoor drive-in theatre, fifteen to twenty thousand people. Younger brother Robbie Bachman declined to participate after business and trademark disagreements with Randy and the others: When Randy wanted to get back together again, I said, "Okay, let's have a publishing company with the band. He wasn't BTO caliber [and] it was difficult to rely on him. It is unclear whether this claim relates to both "Bachman-Turner Overdrive" and "BTO", or solely the latter. It included the No. Billy Chapman later became the drummer for Randy Bachman's band and drummed on Randy's 1993 solo album Any Road. [36], The band was featured in The Simpsons episode "Saddlesore Galactica". 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. They were the opening band for the new Sammy Hagar-fronted Van Halen on their 5150 tour in 1986. But by late 1991, Randy Bachman had left the group again. This lineup released two albums in 1973. (Years later) BTO had moved to Vancouver and we were playing a club called The Image One. Bachman-Turner Overdrive comes from Canada and was born in 1970. Although Rob and Blair have remained very reticent about BTO since late 2004, Rob has been rumoured to state he no longer wishes to play in the band and has hung up his drum sticks. This reconstituted version of BTO (Murray with Robbie Bachman, Fred Turner and Blair Thornton) proved to be its most enduring as they toured together from 1991 until December 2004. 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. Fred was relieved to Let It Ride into a new homeowner’s garage, knowing that his baby is Not Fragile and will make another driver happy, as well as benefit the ALS Society of Canada. All Rights reserved. [34] On March 10, 2018, Randy Bachman announced that Fred Turner would be retiring from touring. Drugs made the guys in The Guess Who change. Randy Bachman left the group in 1977 and the group continued without him, its name abbreviated to BTO. Legendary BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE hollerer Fred Turner is a big part of why BTO are so beloved by the bikers, and that wrench-turning comment underscores the whole BTO vibe with bikes and cogs and trucks and truckers, as do the band’s songs about rollin’ down the road to terrorize the next town with big riffs at high volume. It was the first BTO album to prominently feature outside songwriters, particularly Prism's Jim Vallance, who also co-produced the album. [5], Turner was soon asked to be a full-time member and sing lead for the recording of Brave Belt II in 1972. Bachman cofounded Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with brothers Robbie and former Guess Who guitarist Randy, and vocalist-bassist Fred Turner in 1973. Is the rest of the album like this?" The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide and has fans affectionately … Sign up for the Best Classic Bands Newsletter. The band’s second album “BTO II” was released in 1973 and was their biggest. But at some point the other members decided they wanted to continue doing concerts because the money was too good to pass up. 68 on the US charts. "[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. BTO would ultimately place 12 singles on the charts in the U.S., and 11 albums, including the 1974 #1 Not Fragile. He said, "Randy, this is fabulous. 6 on the RPM albums chart). And I said, "Yeah, it's all just good ol', dancing rock-and-roll." Live – Japan Tour album from 1976. A studio version of "Bad News Travels Fast" was released on the soundtrack for the movie Body Slam. / Line-up: "—" denotes a recording that did not chart. BTO released their eponymous first album in May 1973. [32] These names are said to cause confusion with the names "Bachman-Turner Overdrive" and "BTO", resulting in potential damages to Rob Bachman and Blair Thornton. BTO went on to record Head On, releasing it in December 1975. Also other data will not be shared with third person. Back then, you sent out two .mw-parser-output .sr-only{border:0;clip:rect(0,0,0,0);height:1px;margin:-1px;overflow:hidden;padding:0;position:absolute;width:1px;white-space:nowrap}7+1/2-inch reels of your album, an A-side and a B-side, and that was side one, cut one. Sparks reportedly did not like the constant touring and being away from home for such long amounts of time. Their 1970s catalogue included five Top 40 albums and six US Top 40 singles (eleven in Canada). 23 in early 1976. 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On November 3, 2010, Jim Clench died at age 61 in a Montreal hospital after a battle with stage-four lung cancer.[17][18][19][20]. Fred Turner played in over a dozen bands in and around Winnipeg during his early adult years, his first vocal recordings being with the group Pink Plumm, which released one independent single titled "Along Came Pride". Randy Bachman left the group following Freeways. Coincidentally, Mercury had just lost Uriah Heep and Rod Stewart to other labels, and Fach was looking for new rock acts to replace them. 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. BTO I would later be certified gold in 1974 by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album's eventual success was very much the result of the band's relentless touring. Watch BTO perform “Takin’ Care of Business” live in 1974. A reviewer assesses, however, that critics are divided over BTO's legacy: Dave Marsh noted that the band peaked with Not Fragile, an album that "seemed to exhaust Bachman's imagination; everything before and since is simply sluggish." It ended that version of the band.[4]. [29] Rob Bachman and Blair Thornton claim that US and Canadian rights in the BTO name and trademark were transferred to Rob Bachman, Blair Thornton and Fred Turner when Randy Bachman commenced a solo career in 1977. In November 2010, they performed at the famous Roseland Ballroom in New York City as part of their North American tour. Just ask Fred Turner, formerly of BTO and now reunited with legendary guitarist Randy Bachman as Bachman & Turner. Related: BCB’s interview with Bachman, part one. In 1986, they released a live album culled from their 1985 tour called Live! An accomplished singer, guitarist, composer – that’s CFT’s lead vocals on a few of Canadian band’s most recognizable hits including “Let It Ride,” and “Roll On Down the Highway” among others. We shipped ten thousand records to St. Louis in one week!' BTO reunited in 1983. Among them was a rule that drugs, alcohol and premarital sex were prohibited on tour, and Tim is alleged to have broken all of these. They had to pay us royalties.[13]. The band's entry in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock acknowledges BTO's limitations, while properly assessing their assets: "However much it might be open to derision as formula cash-register boogie, BTO's rock is at least dexterously played and arranged, with dynamics reminiscent of mid-period Led Zeppelin." The exception was Chad Allan, former Guess Who lead singer who had left that band four years before Randy. People will know you're not there.' Said Randy in 1974, "I went to A&M, Epic, Atlantic, Columbia, Asylum – you name it. The remaining trio brought in bass player/songwriter Jim Clench from April Wine and Fred Turner moved to guitar. 1, August 24, 1974", "Top Singles - Volume 22, No. "[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". "[22], In 2003, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame voted to induct Bachman–Turner Overdrive into the museum. Their 1970s catalog included five Top 40 albums and six US Top 40 singles (eleven in Canada). 12, November 09 1974", "Top Singles - Volume 23, No. Wanting to start completely fresh, he took a trash can and slid all the tapes into it except one which missed the can and fell onto the floor. The tour and album plans of 'Bachman & Turner' resulted in a lawsuit by Rob Bachman and Blair Thornton regarding ownership of the band name and related trademarks. The only song to make it out into the public by this version of the band was a cover of the song "Wooly Bully", which is only available on the American Boyfriends movie soundtrack. The two agreed to explore a musical project, and Randy then turned to family. 21 on the Canadian RPM charts, but stalled at No. Chad Allen had left the band two years earlier, and he joined Bachman and his brother in forming a new band, but it took the addition of Fred Turner and another Bachman brother and the departure of Allen to get the full guitar sound BTO is known for. [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. 1 single on the Canadian RPM charts. According to a post on the social media pages of Randy Bachman, the guitarist’s partner in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Fred Turner, is retiring from touring. The Hall refused and the band was not inducted (the "classic" lineup of Randy Bachman, Fred Turner, Blair Thornton and Robbie Bachman would eventually be inducted - by astronaut Chris Hadfield - in 2014).[23]. Ironhorse released two albums, Ironhorse and Everything Is Grey, before disbanding. The band members are C.F. Several full and partial group reunions have taken place in the years since, and the Bachman and Turner reunited in 2010, simply calling themselves Bachman and Turner, using other musicians to fill out the lineup. Randy had heard DJ Darryl Burlingham say the day before a gig, "We're takin' care of business on C-Fox radio", and he decided to insert the lyrics "takin' care of business" into the chorus where "white collar worker" previously existed. We had the BTO I album out then, so they at least had something to play and make it look like we were big. [13] The re-structured BTO released Street Action in February 1978. The total net worth of Fred Turner is estimated to be around $5 million as of May 2020, at this old age, and most of his money is from being a Bassist. On March 29, 2014, the classic Not Fragile line-up reunited for the first time since 1991 to mark Bachman–Turner Overdrive's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and participated in performing in a tribute version of "Takin' Care of Business". They started playing our record every hour, every cut off the album, across six states – 150,000 watts. After leaving The Guess Who at the height of that band's success, Randy Bachman recalled being labelled "a lunatic and a loser" and that "nobody wanted to work with me". Bachman–Turner Overdrive,[1] often abbreviated as BTO, was a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba founded by Randy Bachman and Fred Turner. The rest as they say is history. Not Fragile was the first rock album I ever bought in the early 70s. I’m grateful for the joyful music and years we’ve had together. Said Randy, "Lizzy were just opening in England, but our label wanted to bust them in the rest of Europe and break them wide open in the States, so we toured with Phil and the boys for seven or eight months. On January 23, 2009, Tim Bachman played on stage at one of Randy Bachman's shows, the first time they had played on stage together since 2003. 12, June 19, 1976", "Top Singles - Volume 26, No. So there's this inference that I'm there and I'm not there, which is a disservice to the fans. The BCB team brings you the latest Breaking News, Contests, On This Day rock history stories, Classic Videos, retro-Charts and more. Reportedly, Fach had agreed to put this album on the Mercury label only if the band would promote it with a heavy concert schedule. "Fred" Turner, Blair Thornton, Robbie Bachman, Randy Bachman, Tim Bachman and Jim Clench. "[4] Freeways only reached #70 on the US pop albums chart and had no charting singles. 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. 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. [citation needed] (Adams had likewise contributed one song, "Wastin' Time", for BTO for the Rock n' Roll Nights album). For me BTO and BT are one of the most important bands in my life. * Cash Box Singles Chart. Written by Turner, it cracked the Top 40 in Canada and reached number 60 on the US charts, making it the first BTO single in three years to chart in the US. 1975 found the band engaged in highly successful tours of Europe and the US, wherein BTO was supported by Thin Lizzy, an emerging band also on the Mercury Records label. The problem is when BTO pulls into town, the radio, the press people, call them Bachman-Turner Overdrive. But Turner's influence had started to make itself felt, as he composed five songs for the Brave Belt II album and sang lead on nine of the album's eleven songs. Pitty ! The album became a commercial failure, spawning no hit singles. He is the only Trial by Fire–era member of BTO, besides Fred Turner, to have played shows after the disbandment in January 2005. After Randy recorded the solo album Survivor in 1978, he went on to form the short-lived Ironhorse in 1979. He was on tour with Burton Cummings during the summer of 2009, and played dates for the Randy Bachman Band in the United States and Canada for August and September. Randy Bachman is an authentic genius. In Randy's 2000 autobiography, Takin' Care of Business, he counters that Robbie declined to participate in the reunion when he and Fred refused to share in the publishing royalties of the hit BTO songs Randy and Fred authored. In between the latter two albums, BTO released their only non-album single "Down to the Line". 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). Turner is the only member of BTO to be on every record the band released in their over 30 year history. Information on the 2010 Bachman & Turner tour and the new album was provided at their then-new website bachmanandturner.com. Manager Bruce Allen, once Randy’s fellow taskmaster, remained with the band, who now called themselves simply BTO. This lineup released four albums between 1974 and 1977, including two that reached the Top 5 in the U.S. pop charts, as well as the band's only U.S. No. Top Selling Albums of 1968: Here’s to You! 24, March 13, 1976", "Top Singles - Volume 25, No. Learn how your comment data is processed. 83, making it the first chart appearance by a BTO song in five years, and also the last. [6], According to Randy Bachman's autobiography, the seeds of the BTO sound were sown at a university gig in Thunder Bay, Ontario, shortly after Allan's departure. Robbie Bachman, a Surrey resident, and BTO co-lead guitarist Blair Thornton of Vancouver are suing Randy Bachman, a Saltspring resident, former BTO singer Fred Turner of Winnipeg and Randy Bachman's companies in B.C. Your e-mail address will not be published. Like Rob, Murray has also stated he no longer wishes to be in BTO. Man, I still love Sledgehammer. "Where's the beef, you ask?" The band eventually landed a deal with Mercury Records, one which Randy proclaimed as a pure stroke of luck. Bachman posted: “After touring for over 50 years, singer/bassist Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive and Bachman & Turner has decided to retire from the road. We just hope Mr. Fred Turner wasn’t singing, “Stayed Up All Night,” before turning over his Little Gandy Dancer to us. His only source of income is his music. MacInnis, Craig. The band also released Rock n' Roll Nights in March 1979. And we didn't. This song would appear on some of the later compilation CD's, as well as on re-issues of the Head On album in CD format. It finally came to a head for Freeways when Blair, Rob and myself told Randy we were burnt out, didn't like the songs we were writing, didn't like the songs he was writing, and that we wanted to take some time to regroup – especially since all the other bands were taking a year or two between albums, not doing two a year like we were. Based upon advice Randy Bachman received from Neil Young, Turner was subsequently asked to join Randy's band Brave Beltin 1971. 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