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Subject: BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) Frequently Asked Questions

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The contents of this article reflect my opinions only and not necessarily those of my employer. Suggestions, corrections, additions, omissions, etc. are encouraged. Email me at: pgormley@kodak.com (Peter Gormley) I have been a fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive since 1973, and have decided to put together a BTO FAQ. Hopefully this document will be a valuable resource for fans of the band, as well as a useful introduction for those who are unfamiliar with them. AUTHOR'S NOTE: This FAQ is NOT supported by Robin Bachman of BTO. In short, he believes the references used to create it are slanted against the current BTO. I gave him the opportunity to correct any mistakes he found, but he refused to take me up on the offer. Full details of this can be found at the former home of the official BTO Fan Page: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Club/5609/bto.html BTO has been together in one form or another for better than two decades, and continue to tour and make great rock and roll. To all current and former members of BTO: "Thank You For The Feelin'"! #Date #Version #Comments 07.31.97 1.02 Various updates, including #17 guitar info. 05.30.97 1.01 Disclaimer update, note added, tracks added. 05.01.97 1.00 Creation. FAQ CONTENTS TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS... 1. Origins of BTO 2. BTO Lineups 3. Before BTO ROCK IS MY LIFE, AND THIS IS MY SONG... 1. BTO Discography 2. Related Discography 3. BTO Books 4. BTO Awards YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET... 1. 1996 Tour Set List 2. So who came up with the BTO logo? 3. What's the connection between BTO and Elvis Presley? 4. What was so unusual about Blair's first performance with BTO? 5. What's the story behind "Takin' Care Of Business"? 6. Who played piano on "Takin' Care Of Business"? 7. What was the original title of the BTO II album? 8. Why does Randy stutter in the vocal of "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"? 9. What's the story behind the 'Four Wheel Drive' album? 10. Did Little Richard ever play with BTO? 11. Why did Tim Bachman leave BTO in 1974? 12. Why did Randy leave BTO in 1977? 13. Why does Jamaica on the 'Rock 'n Roll Nights' album sound familiar? 14. Are there any websites devoted to BTO or Randy Bachman? 15. What is Tim Bachman up to? 16. What was unusual about the original 'Head On' album cover format? 17. Who played the different guitar parts on the first two albums? 18. What's different about "Hold Back The Water" on 'Trial By Fire'. 19. Is there a fan club for BTO? ****************TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS...******************** 1. Origins of BTO [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish and liner notes to 'The Anthology' cd by Larry LeBlanc. Info also provided by Robin Bachman] Randy Bachman decided to leave the Guess Who in 1970. In 1971 he produced an album for Chad Allen, the original Guess Who singer. The album was released under the title "Brave Belt". The band consisted of Randy, Chad, and Randy's brother Robin on drums. The record label wanted them to tour, so Randy recruited bass player C.F. Turner from the D-Drifters. Brave Belt's sound was described as "country-rock". In 1972, Brave Belt recorded a second album, 'Brave Belt II'. This had a harder sound than the first, with many of the songs featuring C.F. Turner's vocals. The band was moving toward a harder rock sound, and it was at this time that Chad Allen left Brave Belt. Brave Belt toured as a trio for a while, but found it to be too restrictive, and added Bachman brother Tim as a second guitarist. They financed and recorded a third album, and decided to change their name given their new musical direction. The band came up with 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' after seeing a copy of the trucker magazine 'Overdrive' while on tour. They felt that the new name described their new hard rock sound very well. The band managed to secure a deal with Mercury records after submitting a tape of their music. The new name was shortened to BTO, as the label feared DJ's would not say or remember their name because it was too long. 2. Members of BTO - Current and Former The Current Lineup (1991 - present): C.F. Turner Bass and Lead Vocals Robin Bachman Drums and Percussion Blair Thornton Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Vocals Randy Murray Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Vocals Former Lineups of BTO: 1988 - 1991 Randy Bachman Guitar and Lead Vocals C.F. Turner Bass and Lead Vocals Tim Bachman Guitar, Vocals Robin Bachman Drums and Percussion 1983 - 1987 Randy Bachman Guitar and Lead Vocals C.F. Turner Bass and Lead Vocals Tim Bachman Guitar, Vocals Garry Peterson Drums and Percussion Billy Chapman Piano (on tour) 1978 - 1980 C.F. Turner Guitar and Lead Vocals Robin Bachman Drums and Percussion Blair Thornton Guitar, Vocals Jim Clench Bass, Vocals 1974 - 1977 Randy Bachman Guitar and Lead Vocals C.F. Turner Bass and Lead Vocals Robin Bachman Drums and Percussion Blair Thornton Guitar, Vocals 1972 - 1974 Randy Bachman Guitar and Lead Vocals C.F. Turner Bass and Lead Vocals Tim Bachman Guitar, Vocals Robin Bachman Drums and Percussion 3. Before BTO [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] C.F. Turner C.F. Turner played in 14 or 15 Winnipeg groups before he joined Brave Belt. He remembers always believing he would make it. "I never stopped thinking that there was a chance. Right from the start, in every group that I was in, I always felt there was a chance." One group he had a lot of faith in was 'The Pink Plum'. "The guys were young - I was the oldest. As I was of signing age, I signed for most of equipment and stuff. I figured these guys were really into it, but we only hung together for about eight months. Some things were happening for us and some things were'nt, but then the guys just said 'Oh well. I've had enough of this. It's time to do something else.' It wasn't the security so much, it was just that they were getting disheartened because it was taking too long." It was while C.F. was a member of the Winnipeg group 'The D-Drifters' that the Brave Belt offer came from Randy Bachman. The D-Drifters did not do original material, and had rejected many of C.F.'s songs because of that, so C.F. jumped at the new opportunity. Robin Bachman Robin Bachman had practiced at home with his brother Randy, and played in several Winnipeg rock bands. Randy offered him the Brave Belt drumming job, and Robin accepted. Blair Thornton Blair Thornton grew up in Vancouver. The city didn't have much of a music scene, but Blair learned how to play guitar and played in several local bands. In the early 1970's he landed a job with the Vancouver band 'Crosstown Bus', which had an album out on MCA. Blair spent some time with them playing the Vancouver club and bar circuit. He also closely followed the career of Randy Bachman through the Guess Who and BTO. Blair would go see BTO when they played in Vancouver, and a couple of times he even jammed with the band. When Tim Bachman decided to leave BTO in 1974, the band's manager Bruce Allen called Blair and asked him if he'd like to join. Randy Murray Randy Murray is the newest member of BTO. From 1989 to 1992 he taught music, did custom recording and had a radio talk show in Prince George, B.C. From the late 70's to 1989 Randy was a fixture on the B.C./Alberta music scene. Among his accomplishments: 1988 - Formed the Surreal McCoys, a classic rock band who were resident at Vancouver's Roxy club. 1987/1988 - Toured with Tim Bachman, performing BTO tunes. 1985 - Released the EP "Warm Hands/Cold Heart" under the name VOXPHANTOM. 1984 to 1989 - Collaborated with Dave Reimer in the INVADERS, a classic rock band. Early 80's - Member of DAVID RAVEN, who released an EP on the Radioactive label. Randy Bachman Randy was a founding member of 'The Guess Who', one of the most successful rock bands of the 1960's. He was with the Guess Who until 1970, and during that time the band rang up several major hits, among them "These Eyes", "Laughing", "Undun", "No Time", and "American Woman". In 1970, Randy decided to leave the Guess Who. Following his departure from the Guess Who, an instrumental album he had recorded - "Axe" - was released. Next, Randy produced and played guitar for 'Noah' on their album "Peaceman's Farm". The Noah project was followed by a producing job for old Guess Who buddy Chad Allen, which was the project that grew into Brave Belt. Tim Bachman Tim Bachman had played guitar with his brother Robin in several Winnpeg rock bands. At the time of Brave Belt, he had stopped playing because he felt the Winnipeg scene was stagnant. But when offered the Brave Belt gig, he accepted, quitting his job and college. Jim Clench Before his stint with BTO, Jim played bass guitar and sang in the Canadian rock group April Wine. ***********ROCK IS MY LIFE, AND THIS IS MY SONG...************** 1. BTO Discography BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE LP: Mercury SRM-1-673 1973 CD: Mercury 838 196-2 Gimme Me Your Money Please Hold Back The Water Blue Collar Little Gandy Dancer Stayed Awake All Night Down And Out Man Don't Get Yourself In Trouble Thank You For The Feelin' Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Tim Bachman BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE II LP: Mercury SRM-1-696 1973 CD: Mercury 822 504-2 Blown Welcome Home Stonegates Let It Ride Give It Time Tramp I Don't Have To Hide Takin' Care Of Business Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Tim Bachman NOT FRAGILE LP: Mercury SRM-1-1004 1974 CD: Mercury 830 178-2 (There was also a Quadraphonic version of this album released) Not Fragile Rock Is My Life, And This Is My Song Roll On Down The Highway You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Free Wheelin' Sledgehammer Blue Moanin' Second Hand Givin' It All Away Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton FOUR WHEEL DRIVE LP: Mercury SRM-1-1027 1975 CD: Mercury 830 970-2 (There was also a Quadraphonic version of the album released) Four Wheel Drive She's A Devil Hey You Flat Broke Love She's Keepin' Time Quick Change Artist Lowland Fling Don't Let The Blues Get You Down Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton HEAD ON LP: Mercury SRM-1-1067 1975 CD: Mercury 838-197-2 (out of print) Find Out About Love It's Over Average Man Woncha Take Me For A While Wild Spirit Take It Like A Man Lookin' Out For #1 Away From Home Stay Alive Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton DOWN TO THE LINE 45 RPM SINGLE: Mercury 73724 1975 Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton BEST OF BTO (SO FAR) LP: Mercury 1976 CASS: 4228-22786-4 Roll On Down The Highway Hey You Lookin' Out For #1 Gimme Your Money Please Let It Ride Take It Like A Man You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Blue Collar Takin' Care Of Business Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Tim Bachman FREEWAYS LP: Mercury SRM-1-3700 1977 CD: Mercury 838 199-2 (out of print) Can We All Come Together Life Still Goes On (I'm Lonely) Shotgun Rider Just For You My Wheels Won't Turn Down, Down Easy Groove Freeways Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton JAPAN TOUR LP: Mercury SRM-1-1143 1977 (Japan & Europe only) Roll On Down The Highway Hold Back The Water Welcome Home Don't Get Yourself In Trouble Four Wheel Drive Takin' Care Of Business Slow Down Boogie Thank You-Domo Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton STREET ACTION LP: Mercury SRM-1-3713 1978 CD: Mercury 838 200-2 (out of print) I'm In Love Down The Road Takes A Lot Of People A Long Time For A Little While Street Action For Love Madison Avenue You're Gonna Miss Me The World Is Waiting For A Love Song Personnel: C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Jim Clench ROCK N'ROLL NIGHTS LP: Mercury SRM-1-3748 1979 CD: Mercury 838 201-2 (out of print) Jamaica Heartaches Heaven Tonight Rock And Roll Nights Wastin' Time Here She Comes Again End Of The Line Rock And Roll Hell Amelia Earhart Personnel: C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Jim Clench BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE LP: MCA/CURB 1984 CD: Sun 15072-7027-2 For The Weekend Just Look At Me Now My Sugaree City's Still Growin' Another Fool Lost In A Fantasy Toledo Service With A Smile Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Tim Bachman, Garry Peterson LIVE-LIVE-LIVE LP: MCA/CURB 1986 CD: CURB D2-77328 (This is now available as ALL TIME GREATEST HITS LIVE. It was recorded in Tallahassee, Fla. and Detroit, Mi.) Hey You Mississippi Queen Sledgehammer Fragile Man Bad News Travels Fast You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Roll On Down The Highway Takin' Care Of Business Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Tim Bachman, Garry Peterson Billy Chapman GREATEST HITS CD: Polydor 830 039-2 1987 Lookin' Out For #1 Roll On Down The Highway Hey You Freeways Takin' Care Of Business Down Down You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Let It Ride Flat Broke Love Can We All Come Together Rock And Roll Nights Jamaica Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Tim Bachman, Jim Clench YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET CD: Polygram 838 165-2 198? (tracks coming) Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Tim Bachman THE ANTHOLOGY CD: Mercury 314 514 902-2 1993 The Letter* You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet I Think You Better Slow Down/ Not Fragile*** Slow Down Boogie* Rock Is My Life And This Is My Song*** Hold Back The Water Roll On Down The Highway Blue Collar Four Wheel Drive Gimme Your Money Please Hey You Stayed Awake All Night** Flat Broke Love*** Thank You For The Feelin' Don't Let The Blues Get You Down Takin' Care Of Business Find Out About Love Give It Time It's Over Welcome Home Take It Like A Man Let It Ride Lookin' Out For #1 Free Wheelin'*** Down To The Line Sledgehammer Don't Get Yourself In Trouble**** Blue Moanin' Shotgun Rider I'm In Love Heartaches * previously unreleased ** unreleased version *** quad mix **** live version Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Tim Bachman, Jim Clench BEST OF LIVE CD: Curb D2-776553 1994 (The version of TCB on this cd is the same as on 'All Time Greatest Hits Live'. It appears that CURB decided to gather together another batch of songs from the same tour and release them as 'Best Of'. There are spelling errors, song title mistakes, and sequence errors in the liner notes. However, this is still a worthwhile purchase, as this cd combined with 'ATGHL' combine to make a 17 song double live cd of the mid 80's tour.) Takin' Care Of Business Blue Collar Gimme Your Money Please American Woman Rock Is My Life (And This Is My Song) Shakin' All Over 4 Wheel Drive Weekends (This is actually 'For The Weekend') Not Fragile Let It Ride Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Tim Bachman, Garry Peterson ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY CD: KARUSSEL 550-421-2 1996 (European import) You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Roll On Down The Highway Lookin' Out For #1 Heartaches Stayed Awake All Night Just For You Down And Out Man Blue Collar Hey You My Wheels Won't Turn Takin' Care Of Business Stonegates Not Fragile Away From Home Life Still Goes On (I'm Lonely) Take It Like A Man Shotgun Rider Sledgehammer Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Tim Bachman, Jim Clench TRIAL BY FIRE CD: CMC CD92007 1996 (European import) (This GREAT new BTO cd contains 5 rocking new songs, along with reworkings of many of the old favorites. -Peter) House Of The Rising Sun Roll On Down The Highway Trial By Fire Hold Back The Water Blue Collar Gimme Your Money Please Let It Ride You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Not Fragile Hey You Take It Like A Man Nothin' Comes Easy Testify Four Wheel Drive A Sense Of Danger Personnel: C.F. Turner, Robin Bachman, Blair Thornton, Randy Murray 2. Related Discography BRAVE BELT LP: Reprise RS 6447 1971 Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes Lifetime Waitin' There For Me I Am The Man French Kiss It's Over Rock And Roll Band Wandering Fantasy Girl I Wouldn't Trade My Guitar For A Woman Holy Train Anyday Means Tomorrow Scarecrow Personnel: Randy Bachman, Robin Bachman, Chad Allen BRAVE BELT II LP: Reprise RS MS 2047 1972 (This was also released later under the title 'Bachman Turner Overdrive as Brave Belt') Too Far Away Dunrobin's Gone Can You Feel It Put It In A Song Summer Soldier Goodbye, Soul Shy Never Comin' Home Be A Good Man Long Way 'Round Another Way Out Waterloo County Personnel: Randy Bachman, Robin Bachman, C.F. Turner, Chad Allen IRONHORSE - IRONHORSE LP: Scotti Brothers 1979 One And Only Sweet Lui-Louise Jump Back In The Night You Gotta Let Go Tumbleweed Stateline Blues Watch Me Fly Old Fashioned She's Got It There Ain't No Cure Personnel: Randy Bachman, Tom Sparks, John Peirce, Mike Baird IRONHORSE - EVERYTHING IS GREY LP: Scotti Brothers 1980 Everything Is Grey What's Your Hurry Darlin' Symphony Only Way To Fly Try A Little Harder I'm Hurtin' Inside Playin' That Same Old Song Railroad Love Somewhere, Somewhere Keep Your Motor Running Personnel: Randy Bachman, Frank Ludwig, Ron Foos, Chris Leighton UNION - ON STRIKE LP: Portrait 1981 Mainstreet U.S.A. Next Stop London Stay Away From The Honky Tonks Care Of Me Keep The Summer Alive On Strike Texas Cannonball Pacific Northwest Blues Invitation All Night Long Personnel: Randy Bachman, C.F. Turner, Frank Ludwig, Chris Leighton RANDY BACHMAN - ANY ROAD CD: Guitar 9714-99406-2 1992 Prairie Town Any Road I Wanna Shelter You Overworked And Underpaid 15 Minutes Of Fame Tailspin Vanishing Heroes One Step Ahead Of The Law It's Only Money One Night In Texas Why Am I Lonely Prairie Town RANDY BACHMAN BAND - BOB'S GARAGE LIVE CD: Ranbach RBSK 1006 1994 No Time You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet No Sugar Tonight Takin' Care Of Business American Woman RANDY BACHMAN - MERGE CD: True North TNSD 0117 1996 Born To Ride There Ain't Nothin' Like It Bad News Travels Fast I Play The Fool For You Nothin's Gonna Bring You Down Anthem: For The Young Please Come To Paris No Reason To Cry Can't Go Back To Memphis Burnin' Up The Floor Made In Canada That's Ok [This is a hidden, uncredited track] STARRY STARRY NIGHT CD: 1996 This is a compilation of Christmas music by artists from the Manitoba area. Both BTO and Randy Bachman contribute songs: BTO Little Drummer Boy Randy Bachman Taking Care Of Christmas More info is available at: http://www.xpressnet.com/starry/ 4. BTO Books BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: ROCK IS MY LIFE THIS IS MY SONG The Authorized Biography by Martin Melhuish Copyright 1976 by Methuen Publications ISBN USA 0 8467 0104 9 ISBN Canada 0 458 91730 3 This book came out at the height of BTO's popularity. It has a lot of great pictures, interesting interviews with the band, a discography through 'Four Wheel Drive', and a list of BTO's achievements and awards. This book is no longer in print. Music Books THE RANDY BACHMAN COLLECTION Featuring songs from Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who Copyright 1994 by Hal Leonard Corporation ISBN 0 7935 3288 4 This book features guitar tablature to 21 Randy Bachman, BTO and Guess Who songs. There are also pictures of Randy at various stages of his career. BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE Piano/Vocal/Chords Copyright 1974 by Screen Gems-Columbia Publications This is a non-tablature music book of the first three BTO albums. It is no longer in print. FOUR WHEEL DRIVE Piano/Vocal/Organ/Chords Copyright 1975 by Screen Gems-Columbia Publications This is a non-tablature music book of the Four Wheel Drive album. It is no longer in print. HEAD ON Piano/Vocal/Organ/Chords Copyright 1976 by Screen Gems-Columbia Publications This is a non-tablature music book of the Head On album. It is no longer in print. 5. BTO Awards [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] Here are just some of the many awards BTO won during the 1970's. Juno Awards 1974 - Most Promising New Group Contemporay Album Of The Year (BTO I) 1975 - Best Group Best Selling Album (Not Fragile) Best Producer (Randy Bachman) Album and Single Awards BTO (LP) Canadian Gold, Canadian Platinum US Gold BTO II (LP) Canadian Gold, Canadian Platinum US Gold, US Platinum NOT FRAGILE (LP) Canadian Gold, Canadian Platinum US Gold, US Platinum Swedish Gold South African Gold Australian Gold New Zealand Gold U.K. Silver NARM - Best selling album by a group (1975) YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET (45) Canadian Gold US Gold South African Gold U.K.Silver FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (LP) Canadian Gold, Canadian Platinum US Gold ************YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET...***************** 1. 1996 Tour Set List I finally got to see BTO live in 1996. They did not disappoint, putting on an exciting and enjoyable high energy rock and roll show. Hopefully they'll be back in 1997! Here is the set list from their Boston concert of 8.10.96 Let It Ride Take It Like A Man Hold Back The Water Gimme Me Your Money Please Hey You Blue Collar Not Fragile Don't Get Yourself In Trouble House Of The Rising Sun Four Wheel Drive (with Robin drum solo) You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Takin' Care Of Business Roll On Down The Highway 2. So who came up with the BTO logo? The BTO logo was designed by Robin Bachman. Robin's artistic talents are also on display on the 'Trial By Fire' cd, as he designed the cd sleeve for it. 3. What's the connection between BTO and Elvis Presley? [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] Elvis Presley invited BTO to Las Vegas to meet him in 1975. Elvis had adopted the phrase "Takin Care Of Business" from the BTO song. He even wore sunglasses that had "TCB" on the sides (and EP on the front). BTO visited for about an hour, and presented Elvis with a medallion that had the BTO gear logo on the front and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" printed on the back. 4. What was so unusual about Blair's first performance with BTO? [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] Blair's first scheduled show with the band was an outdoor concert that was cancelled due to rain. So, his first performance turned out to be on a nationally televised "In Concert" TV show. According to Blair, it was a hairy experience. "I had a couple of practices, and then there I was standing on the stage in front of those television cameras. I was pretty scared. I had trouble remembering everything. That was also the night that one of my idols, Dick Clark, was there and he was talking to me and just killing time before the taping. We were on stage and hadn't been introduced and we were standing there with all these people and I was freaking out.Dick Clark was telling me about his wife from Toronto who owns half of everything now or something and he's telling me all those stories and I'm standing there almost petrified. It was fun, though." 5. What's the story behind "Takin' Care Of Business"? [Info taken from the Randy Bachman Interview at http://wcmr.com/rcb.htm] Randy originally wrote the song with the Guess Who, under the title of "White Collar Worker", but it was never recorded. During a BTO tour C.F. lost his voice, and Randy had to sing lead. So he took "White Collar Worker", simplified the chord structure, and changed the title to "Takin' Care Of Business" (a phrase he had heard a DJ use). BTO played it that night, got a great response, and the song ended up on BTO II and was their first big hit. 6. Who played piano on "Takin' Care Of Business"? [Info taken from the Randy Bachman Interview at http://wcmr.com/rcb.htm] The piano was played by Norman Durkee, a pizza delivery person who happened to walk in on the band while they were recording the song. The pizza had actually been ordered by Steve Miller and War, who were recording in an adjacent studio. While asking BTO if they knew who ordered the pizza, Durkee heard the song, and suggested that it needed a piano. BTO let him add a piano track, liked how it sounded, and decided to keep it on the song. 7. What was the original title of the 'BTO II' album? [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] BTO II was originally slated to be called 'Adrenaline Rush'. 8. Why does Randy stutter in the vocal of "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"? [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] According to Randy "The song is a joke. A gold joke. I did the stuttering as a joke. If you met my brother Gary, you'd know he stutters. There was no intentional copy of 'My Generation'. I didn't even think of it at the time. All it was was a dummy vocal track. I wanted to make a cassette of the song and work on a solo over the weekend so I laid down a dummy vocal. "I took it home and everybody laughed at it at first, but the engineer said 'You know, there's something really dynamite about that track. The b-b-baby is a hook.' When we got back to the studio I tried to do a straight vocal track. It sounded like Frank Sinatra singing 'Strangers In The Night' so we all agreed to leave it on. Actually I was kind of embarrased by it. The Mercury people came down to Sound City in L.A. where I was mixing it, and when it came time for them to hear the song I turned off the board." 9. What's the story behind the 'Four Wheel Drive' album? [Info taken from liner notes to 'The Anthology' cd by Larry LeBlanc] Mercury had pressured the group for a quick followup to the 'Not Fragile' album, so 'Four Wheel Drive' was recorded in 6 days. It contained many songs that had been rejected during the 'Not Fragile' sessions. The album still went gold, but the singles from it were not as successfull as from 'Not Fragile' and 'BTO II'. C.F. Turner feels that 'Four Wheel Drive' was "...the beginning of being tired, physically emotionally, musically, being wiped out and starting to repeat things." 10. Did Little Richard ever play with BTO? Little Richard plays piano on the 'Head On' album. Near the end of "Take It Like A Man", C.F says "Play it Richard!" and Mr. Penniman launches into the song ending piano solo. 11. Why did Tim Bachman leave BTO in 1974? [Info taken from 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive' by Martin Melhuish] Tim was planning to get married and was in school when he joined the band. As BTO's success grew with the release of BTO II, Tim decided that the life of a rock star was not for him. 12. Why did Randy leave BTO in 1977? [Info taken from liner notes to 'The Anthology' cd by Larry LeBlanc as well as provided by Robin Bachman] As BTO's success began to wane with the 'Head On' album, Randy's increasing work on outside projects became the target of the other members frustration. According to C.F Turner, "The dissention happened because we were saying these songs aren't good enough." Randy tried to move BTO toward a more progressive style with the 'Freeways' album, but it was not a success. He essentially took control of the album, writing most of the songs for it and allowing C.F. only two vocal leads. According to Robin, C.F. didn't allow any pictures of himself from the front on the album sleeve because in his mind he was just a "sideman" on this album. Randy Bachman remembers that "We had recorded seven albums together, and I was tired out from all the road touring". He said the band "...wanted to temporarily disband, but it was decided by management it wouldn't work. We also ran out of common interests." 13. Why does Jamaica on the 'Rock 'n Roll Nights' album sound familiar? Jamaica was written by Jim Vallance, who also produced the 'Rock 'n Roll Nights' album. The song was a hit for Rick Springfield, but he recorded it as 'Christina'. Same melody, pretty much the same lyrics, but a different title. 14. Are there any websites devoted to BTO or Randy Bachman? Here are some BTO related links: Stefan Bjornshog's excellent BTO page: http://home1.swipnet.se/~w-15184/bto.html Reine Edlund's BTO page: http://hem.passagen.se/re1/bto.html The Former Official BTO fan page: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Club/5609/bto.html Randy Bachman Home Page: http://www.wcmr.com/bachman.html Randy info and merchandise. Randy Bachman interview: http://wcmr.com/rcb.htm 7 part Randy interview. Encyclopedia of Canadian Rock, Pop and Folk Music: http://www.canoe.ca/JamMusicPopEncycloPages Rick Jackson's excellent Canadian music database, which contains entries for BTO and its related Canadian bands. 15. What is Tim Bachman up to? Tim Bachman is working as a real estate broker in British Columbia. He also plays in the area in his "Tim Bachman Band". 16. What was unusual about the original 'Head On' album cover format? The original 'Head On' album cover consisted of two sleeves. The outer sleeve unfolded into a poster the size of four album covers (24" X 24"), with each album size section featuring a close up of a BTO band member. (The cover of the Mercury compact disc is actually a cd size representation of the unfolded poster.) The inner sleeve held the album. On one side was the BTO logo, on the other was a closeup of a smashed car's front end, apparently after a "head on" collision. The Mercury cd does show the logo, but unfortunately not the smashed car. 17. Who played the different guitar parts on the first two albums? Unlike the albums with Randy & Blair on guitars, the liner notes of BTO and BTO II - which feature Randy & Tim - don't identify who is playing guitar in each speaker channel. As for the rhythm parts, to this ear it sounds like Randy is generally in the right channel and Tim is in the left. This separation is less obvious on the BTO album, as the mix is somewhat muddy, but you can hear it on "Blue Collar, 'Little Gandy Dancer", "Stayed Awake All Night", 'Down And Out Man", & "Thank You For The Feelin'". The guitar separation is more obvious on BTO II, which has a brighter sound than the first album. You can hear it on "Blown", "Welcome Home", "Stonegates", "Give It Time", & "I Don't Have To Hide". It's difficult to determine guitar credits for the other songs from these two albums, but it's possible that Randy plays all the guitar parts on the other songs. As for the solos, its likely that Randy played all of the solos on both albums...with the possible exceptions of: (1) At the 2:39 mark of "Little Gandy Dancer", in the left speaker channel, Tim cranks out a solo. (2) Tim probably plays the solo in "I Don't Have To Hide", a song that he wrote. 18. What's different about "Hold Back The Water" on 'Trial By Fire'. The version of "Hold Back The Water" on 'Trial By Fire' is acoustic, and is one of the cd's highlights. 19. Is there a fan club for BTO? The 'Trial By Fire' cd has the following listing: BTO Fan Club P.O. Box 491 Monroe, Wisconsin 53566 USA