As lead singer, keyboardist, and song writer of Canada’s original rock ‘n’ roll superstars, The
Guess Who, Burton Cummings scored an unprecedented string of international
hit singles and albums. By 1970, the Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry combined to that point. Their achievements remain unparalleled.
The Guess Who became the first Canadian group to reach number one on the Billboard charts, holding that spot for three weeks. They were first to earn a platinum album for U.S. sales exceeding one million copies.
Rolling Stone magazine hailed the Guess Who as “one of rock’s most consistently fascinating maverick bands, with a succession of meritorious songs that has few equals among contemporary North American groups.”
Sold out tours across Canada and the United States solidified Burton’s solo stature as a top entertainer. He starred in several high-rated television specials and , between 1977 and 1980, earned five Juno Awards, including Best Male Vocalist and Best Album and served as host of the annual Juno gala for a record four times.
Burton's 1978 Dream Of A Child became the first quadruple-platinum-selling album by a Canadian artist.
Through the ‘80s and ‘90s, he continued to tour and joined Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band.
In 1980, Burton Cummings starred with Miami Vice's Don Johnson in the feature film Melanie, winning both acting praise and a Genie Award for Best Original Song.
Burton later teamed with Guess Who alumnus Randy Bachman to form Bachman-Cummings for further touring and recording success. The Bachman Cummings Songbook, released in 2006, became another platinum seller, followed the next year by Jukebox.
His 2008 solo album, the critically acclaimed Above The Ground, is the first to feature all original songs by Burton Cummings. Fans and critics praised the album as his best work in decades. Despite his many years in the music business, Burton still possesses both the muse and an uncanny ability to craft magic in the recording studio.
In 2012, Burton released his first live solo album, Massey Hall, recorded at the famed Toronto venue of the same name. The album features some of Burton’s biggest hits from both his Guess Who days and his solo career, spanning a total of five decades. Tracks include These Eyes, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight, Undun, Timeless Love, Stand Tall and Above The Ground.
Reflecting on the album Burton says “I still try my best to recreate the records just the way they sounded. I have no trouble with singing these songs the rest of my life”.
Happy to recreate the originals, yet never content to rest on his extraordinary accomplishments, Burton Cummings continues to write, record, and perform. He possesses an extraordinary gift for entertaining, never failing to delight audiences in sold-out venues across Canada and the United States.
Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure, and a living legend, Burton Cummings remains, as always, true to himself and his own way to rock. Contact Us to discuss booking the extraordinary Burton Cummings.
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FORMER "VOICE" OF THE GUESS WHO
Dick Clark described the group as rock innovators and ambassadors of Canadian music.
Today, the Guess Who's vast song catalog endures, providing classic-rock staples on radio as well as in feature films including American Beauty, Almost Famous, Cable Guy, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Jackie Brown.
“When I think back on having five million-selling records in the Top 10, one after the other, I can hardly believe it,” says Burton Cummings with justifiable pride. “I was just twenty years old and every time I turned around, I was getting a gold record. The scope and magnitude of our success escaped all of us. It really didn’t sink in until years later.”
Going solo in 1976, Burton continued his success, earning a gold record for his debut single Stand Tall, produced by legendary hit-maker Richard Perry who numbered among his clients Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon and Ringo Starr.
More than a dozen hit singles and albums followed, including I’m Scared, My Own Way To Rock, I Will Play a Rhapsody, Timeless Love, Break It To Them Gently, Dream Of A Child, Fine State of Affairs, Love Dreams, and You Saved My Soul.
BURTON "UP CLOSE & ALONE" SOLO SHOW
He also launched his acclaimed "Up Close and Alone" solo concert series, appearing alone onstage to recount stories behind his best-known songs and share personal moments from his career. A live album of the same name followed.
Lenny Kravitz’ succesful cover of American Woman for the hit feature film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me brought renewed attention to the original Guess Who. The group reunited in 1999 for the closing ceremonies of the Pan-American Games, appearing before a television audience numbering in the tens of millions, then mounted several high-profile North American tours.
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