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. On tour in Sioux City, BTO’s bassist and singer C.F. 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).. Randy Bachman had very strong religious beliefs and established rules to be in BTO. They had to pay us royalties.. However, I believe BTO, my all-time favorite rockers, deserves the nod to be in the RRHOF. and Washington State. The rock duo's self-titled album, Bachman & Turner, was released September 7, 2010 in North America and on September 20, 2010 in Europe. 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. Randy Bachman left the group in 1977 and the group continued without him, its name abbreviated to BTO. Not Fragile was the first rock album I ever bought in the early 70s. For a period during the mid-1970s, BTO enjoyed high sales, steady radio play, and sold out arena shows. We just hope Mr. Fred Turner wasn’t singing, “Stayed Up All Night,” before turning over his Little Gandy Dancer to us. He brings his own. ", At this point the band's demo tape was still called Brave Belt III. 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. This album produced the 1976 Top 40 single "Take It Like a Man", which featured a guest appearance by Little Richard who wailed away on his piano. Meanwhile, the album charted in the Top Five in both the US and Canada. which featured two new tracks, "Bad News Travels Fast" and "Fragile Man". This lineup released two albums in 1973. Not many can shriek like this man!”. Their line-up for their first studio LP in five years (released in 1984) consisted of Randy and Tim Bachman, Fred Turner, joined by former Guess Who drummer Garry Peterson and Billy Chapman, their drum tech, on piano & keyboards. Even though this line-up included drummer Robbie Bachman, the band had to record and tour only as "BTO" because of an agreement with Randy who wanted to retain the rights to his surname for his solo career. 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. 83, making it the first chart appearance by a BTO song in five years, and also the last. , 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 (. 4, October 23, 1976", "Top Singles - Volume 27, No. We loved the sound op CF ! Many of their songs, including "Let It Ride", "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", "Takin' Care of Business", "Hey You", and "Roll on Down the Highway", still receive play on classic-rock stations. 3, September 13, 1975", "Top Singles - Volume 24, No. After the Van Halen tour ended, Randy split and Tim kept going briefly as BTO (see line-ups below). It kind of gets represented that I'm there and when they play the gig, I clearly am not there. 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. Gormley, Peter. But at some point the other members decided they wanted to continue doing concerts because the money was too good to pass up. The band re-formed briefly in the mid-1980s, touring relatively small venues with varying personnel.  (Adams had likewise contributed one song, "Wastin' Time", for BTO for the Rock n' Roll Nights album). 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. Brave Belt's self-titled first album, which saw Randy playing both lead guitar and bass, did not sell particularly well. Fred provided the much needed hard rocking vocals on their second album " Brave Belt II ", the next album " Brave Belt III " was released as " Bachman - Turner Overdrive " in 1973. The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as "gearheads" (derived from the band's gear-shaped logo). Coincidentally, Mercury had just lost Uriah Heep and Rod Stewart to other labels, and Fach was looking for new rock acts to replace them. 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. The album became a commercial failure, spawning no hit singles. 23 in early 1976. In 1986, they released a live album culled from their 1985 tour called Live! 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. 68 on the US charts. IMHO, Not Fragile had three awful songs “Sledge Hammer” (yuk! 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. The exception was Chad Allan, former Guess Who lead singer who had left that band four years before Randy. During the tour to support this album, another Bachman sibling, Tim Bachman, was added as a second guitarist because the band had felt their three-piece arrangement was too restrictive. 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. Following a cross-Canada tour in the summer of 1975, the band members were already developing songs for the next album. BTO continued a very busy tour schedule and during the supporting tour for BTO II, Tim was replaced by Blair Thornton. It's like Coke and Coca-Cola, two names that go hand in hand. Said Randy in 1974, "I went to A&M, Epic, Atlantic, Columbia, Asylum – you name it. 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.  The re-structured BTO released Street Action in February 1978. Randy Murray still plays occasional shows around the Vancouver area. He remembered talking to him the previous year and had told Bachman that if he ever put a demo together to send it to him. Clench and Turner shared lead vocal duties. Their 1970s catalogue included five Top 40 albums and six US Top 40 singles (eleven in Canada). 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