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Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Following his 1970 departure from the Guess Who, guitarist Randy Bachman recorded a solo album (Axe) and planned a project with ex-Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson (later canceled due to illness) before forming Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1972. Originally called "Brave Belt," the metal group was comprised of singer/guitarist Bachman, fellow Guess Who alum Chad Allan, bassist C.F. "Fred" Turner, and Randy's brother, drummer Robbie; after a pair of LPs (Brave Belt I and Brave Belt II), Allan was replaced by another Bachman brother, guitarist Tim, and in homage to the trucker's magazine Overdrive, the unit became BTO.

While their self-titled 1973 debut caused little impact in the U.S. or the band's native Canada, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II was a smash, netting a hit single with the anthemic "Takin' Care of Business." Prior to the release of 1974's Not Fragile, Tim Bachman exited the group to begin a career in production, and was replaced by Blair Thornton; the album was a chart-topping success, and notched a number one single with "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet."

After 1977's Freeways, Randy Bachman left the group for a solo career and formed another group, Ironhorse. Bachman-Turner Overdrive continued on in his absence with replacement Jim Clench for two more albums, Street Action and Rock n' Roll Nights (both 1978), eventually changing their name to simply BTO. At the tail-end of the decade, the band dissolved, but in the 1980s they re-grouped to tour as both Bachman-Turner Overdrive (led by Randy) and BTO (led by Robbie); the ensuing confusion the name game triggered ultimately resulted in Randy Bachman filing suit against his one-time bandmates for rights to the group's logo. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Some of the Best Road Music, I feel energize every-time BTO is on my Radio or on my CD, even better on my Bike with the wind blowing.
eferg7265
First concert at 14 years of age, Cleveland Civic Center. Log time ago, favorite band growing up
Pretty lousy dinosaur rock. To call it basic would be an understateme n t
They Came To The Baltimore Civic Center By In 1972-73!
Man I Had A Great Time!
Treated My Brother Joe To The Concert, We Had A Blast!
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!"
Great Time!
I AM ONE WITH GOD!
Not heavy metal, not pop, they called it hard rock back in the 70's, and yes a couple of there hits were a bit cheesy, listen to there albums and you will see why its called hard rock.
Power chords!! Love this band. Little old band from Hamilton Ontario. Classic.
The Dick Panthers are better.
Thank You Randy Bachman for American Woman and You Ain't Seen Nothin Yet - 2 of the greatest rock songs of all time.
milosdad
I also have to say these guys were players. Very skilled. Yes they were pop but they were much more than that. Very bluesy at times.
milosdad
Love BTO. Third or fourth show I ever went to in my life. I still remember the colorful cogs with BTO imbedded in them displayed behind the band. 1974, I think.
deadbug5
Brings back memories especially of hot women
susan146
Wrong lyrics that is showing for this song. It was obvious as soon as they started singing. ��
takes me back to simpler and less stressful and really fun times
this song rocks
No bullshit R&R - love it...
kvk1
I remember reading a review of one of their albums back in the mid-70s. It specifically called their style of rock&roll Heavy Duty one notch lower on the hardness scale than Heavy Metal. They were definitely not metal. I'm not much of a metal head but I know the difference. They were more driving AM pop-hit fodder if you ask me. Okay if that's your thing but the songs are cliche and easy to lose interest in after you've heard them a few times.
t c b taking care of business lol
why isn't the best of Bachman turner overdrive in the selected discography
bcornwell328 9
When I'm with my horse I'll be takin care of business
I thought they were more of a pop/contempo r a r y rock band. Not a metal band. xD
Great song, great band. Memories of high school. But to call this a metal group? lmao.
Survives the test of time
More sabbath
Blue Collar... Need I say more!!!
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in two days.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will cone not he screen in big letters.This is so scary because it actually works!
Funky great tune from BTO
Elvis had a T C B necklace
I had the 8 track, not fragile, thank you Columbia House bahhahah@@
bapa_al
Being in high school when the Guess Who started, I have always been a fan of Randy's music, and today I still isten to Bachman Turner Overdrive and the guess Who with equal enthusiasm as when I was a youngster (having all of their albums). Randy bachman had an amazing influence on Rock 'n' Roll while even giving a little help to Eric Clapton's talents and skills (one of Rock and Roll's greatest musicians). Rock 'n' roll will never die!
Thanks Pandora!
claire2895
I had their Not Fragile Album. They were awesome.
milosdad
Metal band? Anyway, I love these guys.
sheryllb, they were at the Woodstock Fair? I regret missing that.
Let it roll down the highway, BTO
Not Fragile, their most classic album.
I got to see them many times while they were still BTO. Have seen Bachman Turner a couple times last year, they still can rock!
Go Swamp Rock!! :-)
8 Tracks - Wow! I remember. Great Band!!!
Takin' Care of Business My theme song.
Yeah, baby!
sheryllb
I went to see them in CT Woodsock Fair. They are Now BT no overdrive. Fun seeing them.
clifftaylor7 2
Their Drummer Robbie is amazing - one of the BEST as Drummers go
rnevelle3
Classic
bmccarthy54
my favorite band, of all-time!
milosdad.... . . y o u lucky stiff.....i wish i was there.....BT O droped out of the scene too early.
i love it good
The Bachman,s lived in lynden, washingtoh
milosdad
Second or third concert I ever went to. These guys are a lot harder than most folks think. I'll never forget the show. Loved the back drop of the giant cog with BTO flashing.
i am 13 and i think it good
Takes me back to the early 70s...bought all their 8-tracks! Geat music. Pure fun.
Love em!:)
bapa_al
Randy Bachman is way under rated. For,example. . . H e (along with several other R&R greats) helped Eric Clapton to develop his own strummin' skills. No doubt that if randy hadn't changed his life style he would still be rockin' off the charts. People call it Metal now, but back then it was hard rock. No matter what you call BTO's music, one thing for sure....they well earned their place in Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
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