Burton Cummings

Born Dec 31, 1947

Burton L. Cummings, OC, OM is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He was the lead singer and frequent keyboardist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. During his 10 years in The Guess Who, from 1965 to 1975, he sang and wrote or co-wrote many songs including "American Woman," "No Time," "Share the Land," "Hand Me Down World," "Undun," "Laughing," "Star Baby", "New Mother Nature," and "These Eyes.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on December 31, 1947.


1965 17 Years Old Burton is the former lead singer and keyboardist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. During his 10 years in the band, from 1965 to 1975, he sang, wrote or co-wrote many hit songs, including "American Woman," "No Time", "Share the Land", "Hand Me Down World", "Laughing", "Star Baby", "New Mother Nature", "These Eyes", and "Clap for the Wolfman". … Read More
1966 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1966 he was asked by the The Guess Who to join the band, originally as a replacement for recently departed keyboardist Bob Ashley.


1970 22 Years Old In 1970, the band hit No. 1 in both Canada and the U.S. with the Bachman-Cummings-Kale-Peterson composition "American Woman." … Read More
1975 27 Years Old In 1975 Cummings left The Guess Who after 10 years to become a solo artist, and the group disbanded. … Read More
1976 28 Years Old Cummings released a total of eight solo albums and collections from 1976 to 1990. … Read More


1981 33 Years Old His songs "You Saved My Soul," "Real Good," and "Something Old, Something New" were featured in the film, and were also included on his 1981 album "Sweet Sweet," which was released prior to the film. … Read More


2000 52 Years Old In 2000 Cummings, Bachman, and original drummer Garry Peterson toured as The Guess Who. … Read More
2001 53 Years Old In 2001 Cummings and the rest of The Guess Who received honorary doctorates at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. … Read More
2006 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Previously unreleased until 2006, it was made available exclusively at Bachman-Cummings concerts, and is now available on the Bachman-Cummings website.
2007 59 Years Old In June 2007, Bachman and Cummings released an album titled Jukebox that covered various songs from the 1960s that influenced them. … Read More


2008 60 Years Old On November 4, 2008, Cummings released his first solo album of new studio material in 18 years titled Above the Ground. … Read More
2009 61 Years Old On December 30, 2009, Cummings was named an officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaëlle Jean. … Read More
2010 62 Years Old On the November 23, 2010 morning show episode of Canada AM, Cummings announced that he would be releasing a book of poetry in 2011, mentioning that he had been working on it for the past three years. … Read More
2011 63 Years Old On June 28, 2011, it was announced that Cummings will receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and will be inducted on October 1 at Elgin Theatre in Toronto. … Read More
2016 68 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 1, 2016 he announced in a video message on his Facebook page that he will be starting a recording of all new material during 2016. … Read More
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