Burton Cummings
Canadian musician
Burton Cummings
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.
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Guess Who Is Playing The 100th Grey Cup Halftime Show?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
TORONTO - The Canadian Football League is offering a diverse mix of performers for the halftime show of the 100th Grey Cup. Teen heart-throb Justin Bieber, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, pop-rock group Marianas Trench and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will perform at halftime of the league's championship game Nov. 25 at Rogers Centre, the CFL announced Saturday. Country artist Johnny Reid and rocker Burton Cummings will headline a special kickoff show before the game. "We are absolutely thrilled to unveil an all-Canadian, all-star lineup that features the biggest pop star in the world, the woman who gave us one of the biggest songs ever, one of the hottest young bands in the country, an iconic balladeer, a rock and roll legend, and one of this country's leading entertainers," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a release. "This array of stars will command a huge and diverse audience, entertaining our most loyal fans and attracting new ones to our game's greatest showcase. ...
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What to Do at the LA County Fair, Sept. 2
Diamond Bar Patch - over 4 years
It’s day three of the Los Angeles County Fair. Most have the day off Monday. Sunday might be a good time to indulge. Below is a list of events and programs for Sept. 2. More information can be found at the fair’s website. www.lacountyfair.com. Today’s hours: 10 a.m. - midnight Today’s Deals: $1 admission from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; $1 22-oz soft drinks from 1-4 p.m.; $2 carnival rides and games from 4-7 p.m. Season Pass: presented by Walgreens, $24.99 for ages 6 and older at participating Walgreens Ralphs Any-Day Tickets: admission tickets $10 for adults, $6 for ages 6-12, comes with exclusive unlimited carnival ride wristband ($35). Restrictions apply. Presented by Ralphs. Costco Savings Pack: $54.99 for 4 any-day tickets, one parking pass and 44 carnival ride/game tickets. At participating Costco store. Children 5 and younger are free every day. Today’s Top Things To Do: Grand Funk Railroad & Burton Cummings - These two favorites perform at the End of Sum ...
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L.A. County Fair In Full Swing Until Sept. 30
Cerritos-Artesia Patch - over 4 years
The 90th anniversary edition of the Los Angeles County Fair began its 24-day run at Fairplex in Pomona Friday, featuring a mix of new and traditional attractions. The anniversary was marked with an opening day parade featuring 94-year-old Happi Moore, who has attended every fair, and throughout the fair with an exhibit at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts chronicling its highlights, "Celebrating 90 Years." Under the theme, "Genius, A Celebration of American Innovation," the fair will pay tribute to nearly 50 significant innovators and inventors. It will include a replica of George Washington Carver's classroom on wheels, original Thomas Edison artifacts, facades of the shops and buildings where Benjamin Franklin lived, and an original Model T. "Stingray Island," a 17,000-gallon enclosure, will feature an 8-foot waterfall, stingrays, sharks, octopus, eels, with marine biologists fielding questions about them. Visitors to "Wilderness Ridge" can learn lumberjacking skills ...
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Get Out for Some Weekend Fun
Agoura Hills - over 4 years
The weekend's coming, and if you don't have plans for it yet, Patch can help. Here's a list of events and activities that are either free or fairly low cost. An American Panorama Summer Concert: The New West Symphony and the City of Westlake Village present this free concert featuring pianist Norman Krieger performing Gershwin, Beethoven & Chopin, Grammy Award-winning pianist Roger Kellaway and his trio and Visions of America photographer Joseph Sohm as special guest narrator. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. Bring your own refreshments or you can purchse pizza at the concert. L.A. County Fair: The Los Angles County Fair runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. 30. Billing itself as the largest county fair in North America, this year the L.A. County Fair has an entertainment lineup including The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grand Funk Railroad and Burton Cummings, the B52s, Styx Ramón Ayala, Georg ...
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Arlington Heights' Frontier Days Begins July 4
Buffalo Grove Patch - over 4 years
The annual Frontier Days Festival returns to Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner, on July 4. The festival is planned by a not-for-profit organization of hundreds of volunteers.  The Fourth of July kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. The theme this year is "Celebrating Arlington Heights' 125 years." The parade route is Oakton to Dunton, Dunton to Miner to Recreation Park. Don't miss the racing, music and spectacular fireworks show at Arlington Park. Fireworks begin at nightfall. For admission information, go to www.arlingtonpark.com. Main Stage Entertainment: Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m., Burton Cummings...the unique voice of the Guess Who. Thursday, July 5, 8 p.m., Foghat...the British rockers Foghat have five gold records.  Friday, July 6, 8 p.m., Charlie Daniels Band...performing their blockbuster hits. Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m., Tonic...with top 10 singles and more than 4 million records sold. Sponsored by Renewal by Andersen. Sunday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.... ...
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Burton Cummings, Sloan, Big Wreck on Lift-Off bill
seaway news - almost 5 years
Are you ready for a party? Lift-Off organizers are ready too. At an announcement party Friday night at Au Vieux Duluth in Cornwall Lift-Off organizers announced the lineup for the popular hot-air balloon festival which includes outdoor concerts. Burton Cummings, frontman for Canadian band The ...
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Summerfest unveils headliners for Potawatomi stage
Fox 6 Now - almost 5 years
MILWAUKEE — Summerfest unveiled on Thursday the anticipated lineup of headliners for the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage & Pavilion. They include… June 27: Phantom, Rocker & Slick (10 p.m.) June 28: Sunny Sweeny (7 p.m.), Pat McCurdy (9 p.m.) June 29: Cowboy Mouth (10 p.m.) June 30: Brendan Benson (6:45 p.m.), Heartless Bastards (8:15 p.m.), GIVERS (10 p.m.) July 1: Trampled By Turtles (10 p.m.) July 3: Otis Taylor (8 p.m.), Paul Thorn (10 p.m.) July 4: The BoDeans (10 p.m.) July 5: Burton Cummings (9:30 p.m.) July 6: Fitz and the Tantrums (10 p.m.) July 7: Gabriel Sanchez Presents The Prince Experience (10 p.m.) July 8: Hanson (9:30 p.m.) Summerfest 2012 will take place June 27 – July 1 and July 3 – 8, from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, July 2. 
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Comment by RuthlessVengeance on Concert Review: Motorhead/Clutch/Valient Thorr - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB 2/12/11
Blog Critics - almost 5 years
Valient Thorr were great in Chicago. Here is a link to a video of their set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQDc3L5zf14&list=PLD003D89B5857F01D&feature=plpp_play_all
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Explaining cricket a sticky wicket - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
There are grounds at Elwick and Burton Cummings community centres. In September, a new facility will open in Gimli. Cricket is played indoors in the winter so our players can stay sharp. If you're interested in the sport, stop by and watch a match
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Rising Nashville star to perform tonight at rodeo grounds - Canon City Daily Record
Google News - over 5 years
The singer, songwriter and musician has opened for Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, The Band Perry, Burton Cummings, Bucky Covington, Jason Michael Carroll, Sarah Buxton, Travis Tritt and Justin Moore. Originally from New York, Nagurney moved to Nashville
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Al Gore, Joan Baez, Liza Minelli headed to Toronto - National Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The new schedule at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall was revealed yesterday and the line-up includes Burton Cummings performing in September, Wynton Marsalis bringing his 15-piece orchestra in February and Liza Minelli recapping her decades-long career
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Lovett & Large Band stress quality over quantity - Winnipeg Sun
Google News - over 5 years
But his Tuesday night set at Burton Cummings Theatre was all about quality over quantity. Well, that and variety. And maybe just a dash or two of his trademark oddball wit and wisdom. “I'm the guy who sits next to you and reads the newspaper over your
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Spectacular weekend here - The Beacon Herald
Google News - over 5 years
And what a scene it promises to be at Grand Bend Motorplex this weekend, where, like Winnipeg's Burton Cummings in the 1970s, the competitors in the 18th Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals will show they've got
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Pat Travers to play Fuller Roadhouse Grill - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He started out the way many an aspiring Canadian guitarist has done, by playing with the legendary Ronnie Hawkins (Robbie Robertson and Burton Cummings are two others). His over-the-top guitar skills and rough, gravely voice always hit home,
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Ex-NHL star's son a musical talent - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
In the past couple of months, Jessarae has played at some rather big venues in LA, including The Canyon Club, where known Canadian acts Gordon Lightfoot and Burton Cummings also perform at least once a year. Robitaille said now that school is finished
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Joyful Cummings delivers unpretentious rock gems - Buffalo News
Google News - over 5 years
LOCKPORT — After 41 years, there's no telling how many times Burton Cummings has performed “American Woman” for a grateful US audience. Which is kind of hilarious. This is a song about not being able to get out of our country fast enough
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Burton Cummings
  • 2016
    Age 68
    In 2016 Burton Cummings was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Outside of his work with Bachman, in November 2004 Cummings released a single "With God on Our Side", a cover of the famous Bob Dylan song. The single debuted at the 21st spot on the Canadian music internet music chart.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He previously received a star as part of The Guess Who in 2001.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that the works of Kipling, Keats and Edgar Allan Poe were great inspirations to him during the writing process, adding, "I like to be influenced by the best." To date, the collection, titled The Writings of B. L. Cummings, has not yet been released.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    On December 30, 2009, Cummings was named an officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
    More Details Hide Details The Order of Canada is one of the country's highest civilian honours, and was established in 1967 to mark a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community, and service to the nation.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    On November 4, 2008, Cummings released his first solo album of new studio material in 18 years titled Above the Ground.
    More Details Hide Details The album has 19 tracks of original songs written by Cummings, some of which were written by him many years ago. The album was recorded with his touring band The Carpet Frogs. The release also includes a DVD with a behind the scenes look at the recording process. The first single from the album was "We Just Came from the U.S.A." Originally a Canadian-only release, Above the Ground is now available at Burton Cummings' website and on iTunes. The Burton Cummings Theatre, located in downtown Winnipeg, is named after Cummings.
  • 2007
    Age 59
    In June 2007, Bachman and Cummings released an album titled Jukebox that covered various songs from the 1960s that influenced them.
    More Details Hide Details A follow-up album to Jukebox as well as a television special have also been discussed. They last played together in 2009 at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario. Bachman has since rejoined with CF Turner. 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. The album captures Cummings' live show of the last several years. Cummings continues to play live shows in 2015.
  • 2006
    Age 58
    The Bachman-Cummings First Time Around CBC TV Special was released on DVD in November 2006 on the Sony BMG label.
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    Previously unreleased until 2006, it was made available exclusively at Bachman-Cummings concerts, and is now available on the Bachman-Cummings website.
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  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001 Cummings and the rest of The Guess Who received honorary doctorates at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba.
    More Details Hide Details Cummings was also made a member of the Order of Manitoba. In 2003, the band played at the so-called "SARSstock" concert in Toronto. Cummings plays occasional shows with Randy Bachman as The Bachman-Cummings Band, featuring The Carpet Frogs (a band from Toronto) and makes occasional appearances at various Canadian casinos as a solo performer. The Bachman-Cummings Band have released a compilation album titled the Bachman-Cummings Song Book featuring songs from The Guess Who, Bachman–Turner Overdrive and Cummings' solo career. They have also released an album titled The Thunderbird Trax, which is an album that Cummings and Bachman recorded in Bachman's toolshed in British Columbia in 1987.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    In 2000 Cummings, Bachman, and original drummer Garry Peterson toured as The Guess Who.
    More Details Hide Details Bassist Jim Kale played one show and later Guess Who members Donnie McDougall and Bill Wallace rejoined the line-up through the remainder of the tour in Canada and later in the U.S. The reformed Guess Who toured with Cummings from 2000 through to the summer of 2003.
  • 1981
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cummings became a resident of Sherman Oaks, California, and began writing and singing for films in the late 1970s. He currently winters in California and returns to Winnipeg in the summer, staying in Canada through autumn. Cummings purchased part of Winnipeg's Salisbury House restaurant chain with manager Lorne Saifer, and is also an avid comic book collector.
  • 1976
    Age 28
    Cummings released a total of eight solo albums and collections from 1976 to 1990.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997 he put out a live compilation album of his solo performances titled Up Close and Alone, which was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario Cummings also tried his hand at acting. Along with Paul Sorvino, Glynnis O'Connor and Don Johnson, he appeared in the 1982 Canadian film "Melanie".
  • 1975
    Age 27
    In 1975 Cummings left The Guess Who after 10 years to become a solo artist, and the group disbanded.
    More Details Hide Details One of his first projects was providing back-up vocals on Eric Carmen's second solo LP, Boats Against the Current, including "She Did It". Cummings' subsequent hits in Canada included "Stand Tall," which was his greatest American solo hit, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Adult Contemporary chart. Other hits included "I'm Scared," "Break it to Them Gently," and "Fine State of Affairs." Cummings charted outside Canada with "Stand Tall" and "You Saved My Soul," as well as "I Will Play a Rhapsody," which spent a few weeks on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, peaking at #38. His Dream of a Child album, released in 1978, was the biggest Canadian album in history at that time.
  • 1970
    Age 22
    In 1970, the band hit No. 1 in both Canada and the U.S. with the Bachman-Cummings-Kale-Peterson composition "American Woman."
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, conflict between Cummings and bandmate Randy Bachman—partially ignited by Bachman's then-deepening Mormon religious beliefs—caused a rift in the band. Bachman left and went on to form the band Brave Belt with former Guess Who mate Chad Allan, and later Bachman–Turner Overdrive. Cummings then became the band's leader and recorded songs that included "Share the Land", "Hand Me Down World", "Albert Flasher", "Rain Dance", "Sour Suite", "Glamour Boy", "Star Baby", "Clap for the Wolfman", and "Dancin' Fool".
  • 1966
    Age 18
    By May 1966 Cummings had assumed the role of lead singer, a position recently vacated by original front man Chad Allan who left the group that April. Between 1966 and 1968 The Guess Who were one of the hardest-working bands in Canada. Despite having released several strong singles that charted in Canada, a hugely successful split LP (A Wild Pair, which also featured Ottawa's The Stacattos who would later become Five Man Electrical Band), and a weekly stint as house band on CBC-TV's Let's Go!, mainstream success eluded them until early 1969.
    More Details Hide Details That year, The Guess Who scored an international hit with "These Eyes", co-written by Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman. It was followed up by the hit "Laughing", again written by Cummings and Bachman. Another Guess Who song, "Undun", written by Bachman, featured Cummings on a jazzy flute solo.
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 17
    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".
    More Details Hide Details His solo career includes many hit singles, including "Stand Tall", "My Own Way to Rock", "Fine State of Affairs", and "You Saved My Soul". Cummings was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as were all of the other original members of The Guess Who. Burton was brought up by his mother Rhoda and her parents; he never knew his father, who left when he was less than a year old. Burton attended St. John's High School. He dropped out of school, due to poor grades, when he was sixteen. Forty-five years later, in 2010, his former high school awarded him an honorary diploma. His first band was a local Winnipeg R&B group, The Deverons, with an 'E' (not to be confused with the band The Devrons who had Country/R&B hits in the early 1960s). The Deverons with Cummings released two singles on the tiny REO Records label. The first single, "Blue Is The Night / She's Your Lover", was cut at a Winnipeg radio station. The second single, "Lost Love / Feel Alright", was recorded at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis, where The Guess Who frequently recorded.
  • 1947
    Born on December 31, 1947.
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