Forgotten Favorites Friday Remembers BTO’s Blue Collar Roots

Randy Bachman was born in Winnipeg, Canada and won a radio singing contest at the age of 3. When Randy was 5, he began studying violin.  At 16, Randy took up guitar and co-founded the Silvertones a year later. The name later changed to the Guess Who.

Randy played guitar for the Guess Who until 1970, when he left the group.   In 1972, Randy, along with brothers Tim and Robbie, and C. Fred Turner formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive. (Brave Belt had been the original name).

BTO would produce a dozen hit singles by 1979.  Their biggest was You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, a #1 hit in 1974.

Their first single would debut in December 1973 and featured a softer, more jazz-like sound than BTO’s later hits.

Here’s Blue Collar:


 

 

 

 

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