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Burton Cummings

Postby Chris » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:25 pm

Burton Cumming – Saturday, July 16 at 5pm

Burton Cummings initially joined the Canadian band the Guess Who in late 1965 as their keyboardist and co-lead singer. The band had previously had one hit single, “Shakin’ All Over,” with Chad Allan on lead vocals. However, Allan soon left the band and Cummings took over on lead vocals and the band struggled to find an audience or a hit. The band was hired as the house band for Canadian TV channel CBC’s show Let’s Go to play popular songs of the day but soon started playing their own songs on the show as well. This gig led to them being signed by record producer Jack Richardson, who helped the band to a record deal. The album, called A Wild Pair, featured the Guess Who on one side and a band called The Staccatos on the other. Richardson mortgaged his house on the bands’ success and was rewarded with their next release, 1969’s Wheatfield Soul. While the album didn’t sell well, it contained the #6 hit “These Eyes,” whose single sold over a million copies. Canned Wheat would follow later in 1969 and would generate two more hits in #10“Laughing” and #22 “Undun,” and would reach #91 on the album chart. 1970 would bring the breakthrough album for the band, American Woman, which hit #9 on the charts behind three top 10 hits. “No Time” would first hit #5 and then the band would have two #1 hits in a row with “American Woman” and the dual song “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature.” Share the Land was released later in 1970 and continued the hit streak with two more top 20 hits, the #17 “Hand Me Down World” and the #10 “Share the Land.” The band continued to release albums the next few years with varying degrees of success, including the well-received Live at the Paramount in 1972. The #29 “Albert Flasher” and #19 “Rain Dance” would be their highest charting songs until 1974’s ode to DJ Wolfman Jack “Clap for the Wolfman” reached #6, proving to be the band’s last big hit. In 1975 the band would call it quits and Cummings would forge ahead into a solo career. His debut self-titled solo album in 1976 would generate his first and only top 10 hit in the US, the #10 “Stand Tall.” While this would be his only major hit in the US, he was very successful in Canada. Of his 10 solo albums, 4 of them went multi-platinum, 2 went platinum, and 2 more went gold. He has had many hits on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart. “Stand Tall” and “Break It to Them Gently” both hit #1, “I Will Play a Rhapsody” hit #3, “I’m Scared” and “Take One Away” both hit #6, and “Free” hit #9. Through 1990, ten more songs reached the Canadian Contemporary chart top 40. Eight of his songs would reach the regular Canadian Top 40 chart, including two in the top 10. In 2000, Cummings and several other members of the Guess Who would reform and begin touring again. This lineup, which would eventually consist of 5 members from the bands’ most successful years, toured throughout Canada and the US through 2003. A DVD release titled Running Back Thru Canada commemorates this tour. While neither Cummings or Randy Bachman have been with the Guess Who since 2003, they do occasionally tour together and in 2007 together they released the album Jukebox, an album of covers from the 1960’s, including a re-working of “American Woman.” In 2008, Cummings released his 10th solo album, Above the Ground, which debuted at #16 in Canada. He starts a tour of Canada on May 10 before he comes down for what will be his first appearance at Moondance Jam.

Did You Know?
Burton Cummings sang on all 20 Guess Who hit songs that charted from 1969 to 1975.
The single “American Woman” and its b-side “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” were both #1 hits.
In Canada, the Guess Who had 33 Top 40 hits, 14 Top 10 hits, and 5 #1 hits.
The band won best vocal-instrument group at the Juno Awards (Canadian version of the Grammy’s) in 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970.
The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987.
Lenny Kravitz’s version of “American Woman” is in the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
DJ Wolfman Jack can be heard on the hit “Clap for the Wolfman.”
The album Rockin’ from 1972 was recorded live in studio without any overdubs over one weekend.
The band performed at the White House in 1970 for President Nixon, who requested that “American Woman” not be played.
Live at the Paramount was supposed to be recorded at Carnegie Hall, but the band had to cancel the Carnegie Hall dates at the last minute due to Cummings losing his voice.
The Paramount shows consisted of 2 nights but only the first night was used for the album because bassist Kale was so inebriated the 2nd night that the recording was useless.
Cummings was originally just brought in to play keyboards but eventually sang on all of their biggest hits.
He was originally in the band The Devrons.
Canned Wheat had the original version of “No Time,” which would be redone and released as a single off their following album, American Woman.
In 2009, Cummings was named an officer of Order of Canada, the highest honor given to a citizen of Canada.
“No Sugar Tonight” was written by Bachman and “New Mother Nature” was penned by Cummings.
“New Mother Nature” was added to “No Sugar Tonight” because the record company thought it was too short.
“American Woman” was the first #1 hit in the US by a Canadian artist.
In 2004, Cummings recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “With God on Our Side,” which reached #29 in Canada.
Cummings, along with the rest of the Guess Who, received honorary doctorates from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba.
His first solo single, “Stand Tall,” sold over a million copies.
On his first solo album, Cummings covered BTO’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”
He also has written a book of poetry, titled “The Writings of B.L. Cummings.”
Cummings keeps a very active blog page at http://burtoncummings.net/blog/.


Setlists
June 2, 2011 in Victoria, BC
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
Albert Flasher
Clap For the Wolfman
Laughing
Guns, Guns, Guns
Stand Tall
Bus Rider
Roll Away
Runnin' Back to Saskatoon
Timeless Love
My Own Way to Rock
These Eyes
Hand Me Down World
I'm Scared
American Woman
Break It to Them Gently
No Time
Encore:
Share the Land

October 15, 2010 in Toronto
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
Albert Flasher
Clap for the Wolfman
Laughing
Guns, Guns, Guns
Rollaway
Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon
Timeless Love
My Own Way to Rock
Above the Ground
Hand Me Down World
I’m Scared
You Saved My Soul
American Woman
These Eyes
Bus Rider
Your Backyard
Break it to Them Gently
No Time
Share the Land
Orly
Rain Dance
Star Baby
Charlemagne

Billboard Top 100 Hits with the Guess Who
1969 - These Eyes - #6
1969 – Laughing - #10
1969 - Undun - #22
1970 - No Time - #5
1970 - American Woman - #1
1970 - No Sugar Tonight - #1
1970 - Hand Me Down World - #17
1970 - Share the Land - #10
1971 - Rain Dance - #19
1971 – Broken #55
1971 - Hang on to Your Life - #43
1971 - Broken - #77
1971 - Albert Flasher - #29
1972 - Sour Suite - #50
1972 - Heartbroken Bopper - #47
1972 - Runnin' Back to Saskatoon - #96
1972 - Guns, Guns, Guns - #70
1973 - Follow Your Daughter Home - #61
1974 - Star Baby - #39
1974 - Clap for the Wolfman - #6
1975 - Dancin' Fool - #28

Billboard Top 100 Hits Solo
1976 Stand Tall #10
1977 I’m Scared #61
1977 My Own Way to Rock #74
1978 Break It to Them Gently #85
1981 You Saved My Soul #37

My Take
I got hooked on The Guess Who after buying their greatest hits when I first heard they had signed to play Moondance Jam back in 2006. Since then I have bought many more CDs by the band, with American Woman and Live at the Paramount being my favorites. I even found a live double vinyl album that I have never seen elsewhere and it sounds great. I watch their live DVD, Running Back Thru Canada, as much as any music DVD in my collection. I wish I had caught that lineup when they toured from 2000 to 2003. Before the Guess Who signed to play the jam in 2006, I didn’t really realize just how many hits they had. After the band absolutely rocked the jam without Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman I decided I had to see them live to compare. It would be a few years but finally in 2009 Cummings and Bachman played here in Kansas City. That show, at a small casino theatre, blew me away and is one of the ten best concerts I have ever seen. I am not sure what has caused the original members of the Guess Who to not be able to stay together, but I could tell that night that Cummings and Bachman truly enjoy playing with each other and it was a blast to see them go through all The Guess Who catalog as well as several BTO hits, telling stories between most songs. I also realized that night just how underrated The Guess Who (and BTO) is in America as well. They played that night in front of maybe 500 people at a half full venue. How can a duo, who so rarely play together, that have had so many hits between them, not be able to sell out such a small venue? I didn’t understand, and I still don’t, but I know that the people at that show were treated to possibly the best show ever performed at that venue. No, we aren’t getting Randy Bachman with him at the jam as he is currently touring with Bachman-Turner (bring them to the jam too!), but we are getting THE VOICE of the Guess Who. He is going to play all the songs we know by the band, as well as a few from his solo career (“Break It to Them Gently” and “Stand Tall” are my favorites). I didn’t realize it before, but he continued with a string of solo hits in Canada (with a couple in the US as well). In fact, he is so famous in Canada that if Moondance Jam took place just 300 miles to the north of Walker in his hometown of Winnepeg, he would be a headliner. I was shocked at some comments after his signing to this year’s jam. Someone on Facebook even asked for “someone classic now please!”. Someone classic? What? You don’t get any more classic than Burton Cummings. I have seen some great bands at 5pm on the jam stage (Loverboy, Little River Band, Kansas to name a few), but to me this is the best signing I have seen for that time slot at the jam. We are getting the voice behind one of the best classic rock bands ever in my opinion and we get him at 5pm! I can’t wait to see what could possibly top him at 7 and 9 when those artists are signed. I am hoping that word gets out to the jam faithful just who Burton Cummings is and people come see his show. It could be like when Don Felder played last year and people just started filing in when they realized he was just going to play Eagles songs. The main difference, though, is that Burton Cummings is the real voice behind all those hits we will be hearing.


Videos
Recent concert videos
These Eyes - http://burtoncummings.net/video/these-eyes-live/
American Woman - http://burtoncummings.net/video/america ... ntre-2011/
Bus Rider - http://burtoncummings.net/video/bus-rid ... rs-centre/
My Own Way to Rock - http://burtoncummings.net/video/my-own- ... a-theatre/
Runnin' Back to Saskatoon - http://burtoncummings.net/video/runnin- ... brunswick/
Stand Tall - http://burtoncummings.net/video/stand-t ... brunswick/

Live with The Guess Who in 2003 from the DVD Running Back Thru Canada
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-CrY9NI ... re=related
Laughing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APlIx-A- ... re=related
These Eyes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juTacQfQ ... re=related
Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4fsw4O7 ... re=related
American Woman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pODAdzDQ ... re=related
Undun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIyKaDoN ... re=related
No Time - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssBzfFqF ... re=related
Hand Me Down World - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdxWZUgN ... re=related
Clap for the Wolfman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ylg-Agd ... re=related
Rain Dance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_LImhDP ... re=related
Guns, Guns, Guns - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoZCh1W0VUs

Other versions:
Undun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLMF5GM0 ... re=related
Share the Land - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQJ4toj ... re=related
Hand Me Down World - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3glIQUau ... re=related
Laughing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZUzXKD ... re=related
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJbFVJvR ... re=related
American Woman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkqfpkTT ... re=related
Star Baby - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUsM8esa ... re=related
Hang on to Your Life - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QiFKQgD ... re=related
American Woman, Laughing, Undun, No Time (Live early 70’s) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ9q7EpC ... re=related

Solo Hits
Stand Tall - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCc8wyBBsbA
Break It to Them Gently - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ZZgG3d ... re=related
I’m Scared - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxa1jggv ... re=related
You Saved My Soul - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntnvqq4b ... OofrxSFyoL
My Own Way to Rock - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxdAH2lk ... re=related
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby Davage » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:53 am

Great Job Chris!

Another little tidbit of info about Burton Cummings...

For anybody who makes the trek up to Winnipeg Manitoba, you will notice that there are quite a few restaurants in town called "Salisbury House". Burton Cummings is a shareholder in that chain..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salisbury_House_(restaurant)

I get out to Winnipeg for about 2 weeks per year. I make sure that I get at least 1 or 2 Salisbury House meals each year... :)
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby dano » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:31 am

We've seen the different versions of the Guess Who over the years. I've liked 'em all because I like all the Guess Who songs.
One of the Rock-Fest line ups had all the original members of the Guess Who one year (sometime in the 90's I believe). Moondance may have had them the same year. I'm not sure since 2010 was our first MDJ.
This is a great signing for the Jam. One of my favorite Guess Who hits (besides all the 60's classics) is "Star Baby." Hope he plays it. :D
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby ontario rocker » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:02 am

Another great write-up Chris ! Glad we have one Canadian signing this year :)
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby Chris » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:16 am

tom_tuttle wrote:
Chris wrote:I blew me away and is one of the ten best concerts I have ever seen.


Chris I've been reading your write-ups for a long time, and I think you have 14 concerts in your top ten best concerts you've ever seen. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Phewwww Math People

PS Another great job


That is probably true! Here is my best guess right now:
10 Best
Pearl Jam 1992 (Free show on the hill at KU - My Woodstock!)
Kiss 1998 (So close I could feel the heat off the Kiss sign and all originals!)
Def Leppard Moondance 2007 (They lived up to the buzz around the jam that day even beat the in-the-round show from 1988)
Night Ranger 86 (first concert ever)
Pearl Jam 2000 (Performed in a huge rainstorm but absolutely brought it!)
OAR 2004 (Played my dream setlist from them in a small venue)
Bruce Springsteen 2008 (If I saw him 10 times I'm thinking all 10 would be in my top 10)
Eagles 2009 (Free tickets helped but I would spend $100 to see them again tonight)
Bachman-Cummings 2008 (Small venue, storytellers atmosphere, hit after hit after hit)
Guns n Roses/Metallica 1992 (More the event probably than the show - my only stadium show ever)
Skid Row 1989 (Blew Bon Jovi off the stage - too bad they can't stay together)
Cross Canadian Ragweed 2007 (First time seeing one of my favorites...now no longer together)
Tool 1998 (Ozzfest - complete stage show, played all their hits, so much energy)
Soul Asylum 2007 (Played in front of probably 20 fans at a benefit and still brought it, literally like they were in my living room)

5 Worst
Marshall Tucker Band 2009 (only original member - drunk!)
Kiss/Aerosmith 2000 (in it for the paycheck - still shocked at that one)
2nd half of Jonny Lang Moondance 2010 (snooze-fest!)
Bon Jovi 1989 (could be because Skid Row was so good)
Creed 2000 (identical show to 1999, word for word, setlist for setlist, even between song banter by Sapp, zero creativity as a band)
Red Hot Chili Peppers 2000 (no stage show, no energy, boring, played in the dark, Foo Fighters opened and blew them away)
Tool 2002 - Terrible setlist, 20 minutes of acrobats?, Maynard was a shadow behind a curtain all night)

Tom you are right! That is 14 concerts in my top 10 and 7 in my 5 worst.

That's ok, I have 25 albums in my top 20 albums list. :D
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby Chris » Sun May 22, 2011 2:37 pm

I have now updated the Burton Cummings writeup with live songs from recent shows. It is going to be a great show!
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby Chris » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:19 am

Setlist from June 2, 2011 in Victoria, BC

No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
Albert Flasher
Clap For the Wolfman
Laughing
Guns, Guns, Guns
Stand Tall
Bus Rider
Roll Away
Runnin' Back to Saskatoon
Timeless Love
My Own Way to Rock
These Eyes
Hand Me Down World
I'm Scared
American Woman
Break It to Them Gently
No Time
Encore:
Share the Land
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Re: Burton Cummings

Postby Davage » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:40 am

I can't wait to see this set of songs Live...

I am most anxious to see KISS at the Jam, due to their flashy show.

When it comes down to the actual songs I want to hear Live, I am looking forward to Burton Cummings performance. I grew up listening to all of those songs.
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