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 He was the former lead singer and frequent keyboardist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. During his 10 years in 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", and "These Eyes". … Read More
1966 18 Years Old He joined the band in 1966 replacing original keyboardist Bob Ashley and later replacing original lead singer, Chad Allan. … Read More


1969 21 Years Old In 1969 The Guess Who scored an international hit with "These Eyes", co-written by Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman. … 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


1982 34 Years Old Cummings also tried his hand at acting. He appeared along with Paul Sorvino, Glynnis O'Connor and Don Johnson in the 1982 Canadian film "Melanie". … 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 will be releasing a book of poetry.
2011 63 Years Old 1 More Event
He mentioned that he had been working on it for the past three years, and that it would be available in 2011. … Read More
2012 64 Years Old Cummings has toured solo as a one-man-band and with his back-up band, the Carpet Frogs of Toronto, as the Burton Cummings Band or simply Burton Cummings in both Canada and the U.S. In 2012 Cummings released a new live CD Burton Cummings Live at Massey Hall recorded live on September 29, 2011. … Read More
2015 67 Years Old Cummings continues to play live shows in 2015. … Read More
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