Randy Bachman stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive handful of artists who have topped the charts in two different bands: “American Woman” with The Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” as leader and singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. In a career spanning over five decades, he has earned over 120 platinum, gold and silver records. His distinctive brand of guitar-driven, no-holds-barred hard rock is instantly recognized worldwide. As host of the top-rated CBC and Sirius XM radio series Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap, his listeners number in the millions.
As the most celebrated musician in Canadian history, Randy counts among his many accolades his membership in the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, as well as being twice inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame, and his inductions into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Prairie Music Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Manitoba Order of The Buffalo Hunt, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the ASCAP Global Impact Award, and holder of an honorary Doctorate in Music from Brandon University. Randy has also earned multiple JUNO Awards as a songwriter, musician, band member, and producer. In addition, Randy can add best-selling author to his numerous list of accomplishments, having penned both Vinyl Tap Stories and Tales From Beyond The Tap.
From his earliest years with Chad Allan & the Reflections playing the local community club sock hop circuit in his prairie hometown of Winnipeg, Canada (alongside contemporary and friend Neil Young with his rival band The Squires) to the largest arenas and stadiums across the globe, Randy has remained singularly focused, determined, and driven. Beginning in 1965, Randy scored a #1 Canadian hit with his band The Guess Who’s infectious slice of British Invasion-style rock, “Shakin’ All Over.” Four years later, he and Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings formed a successful songwriting partnership that yielded such international hits as “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “Undun,” “No Time,” “No Sugar Tonight,” and “American Woman,” the latter holding down the coveted Billboard #1 spot for three weeks in 1970. “American Woman” has been recognized as the greatest Canadian single of all time. The Guess Who’s 1971 album The Best Of The Guess Who became the first album by a Canadian group to earn a platinum album award in the United States for sales well over one million units. Between 1969 and 1970, The Guess Who sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry combined, with the Bachman-Cummings songwriting team becoming the most celebrated partnership in Canadian music to that point.
Leaving The Guess Who in May 1970, Randy bounced back bigger than ever with Bachman-Turner Overdrive, one of the mid ‘70s most successful hard rock bands. BTO enjoyed hit singles worldwide with “Let It Ride,” “Roll On Down The Highway,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Hey You,” and “Looking Out For #1.” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” written and sung by Randy, topped the charts in more than 20 countries on four continents. Their album Not Fragile sold over 3.5 million copies and topped the Billboard album charts. “Takin’ Care of Business” remains one of the most requested songs for commercial use in Sony Music’s catalogue.
In between BTO and Guess Who reunions, Randy released a dozen albums both under his own name or fronting Iron Horse and Union. His 1978 autobiographical solo album, Survivor, earned critical praise for its concept and execution. Randy teamed up with old friend Neil Young for “Prairie Town” on Randy’s acclaimed 1993 album Any Road. The two Canadian icons joined forces again in 1996 on Randy’s Merge album for the grunge rock anthem “Made In Canada.” Randy’s 2006 album Jazz Thing found the rock guitarist stepping into daring new territory both writing and playing jazz. Randy would later explore the world of blues rock on his 2015 album Heavy Blues, which featured guitar solos by multiple guest artists including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, and Peter Frampton to name a few. In 2018, Randy turned his endless creative drive towards an early mentor, hero, and inspiration when he released By George – By Bachman: a very personal and respectful nod to Beatles guitarist/songwriter George Harrison that offers Randy’s own unique interpretations of Harrison’s finest recorded work.
In the new millennium, Randy enjoyed unprecedented acclaim both live and on CD and DVD with his Every Song Tells A Story multimedia concept, sharing the stories behind his best-known songs. Hosting Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap on radio has turned the veteran rock star into a media celebrity and Canada’s favourite storyteller.