Bachman-Turner Overdrive Roll On Down The Highway into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
Iconic band to be inducted at The 2014 JUNO Awards, Sunday, March 30
TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce that legendary Winnipeg band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, BTO, are the 2014 inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. During their most explosive period between 1973 and 1979, Bachman-Turner Overdrive electrified the world with chart-topping rock 'n' roll hits like "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Takin' Care of Business." During this era, the longest-serving members of the band were Blair Thornton, Fred Turner, Randy Bachman, and Robin Bachman. On Sunday, March 30, 2014, these four cornerstones of Bachman-Turner Overdrive will be honoured at the 43rd Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CTV from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB.
Making their self-titled debut album in 1973, the band garnered international attention for their sophomore 1973 effort, BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE II, which produced multiple hit singles, including "Let It Ride" and "Takin' Care of Business." The latter song has been used in over 12 movies, 24 TV shows and several dozen commercials. The band followed it up with the anthem-laden NOT FRAGILE (1974), featuring instant classics such as "Roll On Down The Highway" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," which sold several million singles, and went to #1 in 21 countries. NOT FRAGILE climbed to #1 on both the U.S. and Canadian album charts and sold eight million copies.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE and HEAD ON were both released in 1975, producing hits such as "Hey You" and "Take It Like A Man." Other '70s releases included FREEWAYS (1977), STREET ACTION (1978) and ROCK N' ROLL NIGHTS (1979).
Bachman-Turner Overdrive became renowned for deft songwriting, heartfelt vocals, mesmerizing guitar solos and hook-driven bass and percussion. The group stood out amidst their 1970s contemporaries for merging country music influences with a fiery brand of guitar-heavy classic rock, and received acclaim for their energetic live performances.
The band won seven JUNO Awards in the 1970s, including Most Promising Group of the Year (1974), and Group of the Year in both 1975 and 1976.
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