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The Skill by The Sherbs Released: There are other differing accounts of the reasons for his departure. Since the last disbandment of the band inseveral of their albums have been reissued. ZNL Randy Murray — guitar, lead and backing vocals C. March 17,
The second and most commercially successful lineup featured Blair Thornton lead guitar , in place of Tim Bachman. This lineup released four albums between and , including two that reached the Top 5 in the U. Subsequent lineups enjoyed only moderate success. After the band went into a hiatus in , Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in to tour and collaborate on a new album. In , they played the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton and continue to tour as of summer The two agreed to explore a musical project, and Randy then turned to family.
Turner was soon asked to be a full-time member and sing lead for the recording of Brave Belt II in During the tour to support this album, another Bachman sibling, Tim Bachman , was added as a second guitarist because the band had felt their three-piece arrangement was too restrictive.
As the band played songs like "Proud Mary", "Brown Sugar" and "All Right Now", the dance floor filled up and, according to Randy, "We instantly saw the difference between playing sit-down music people could talk over and playing music they would jump out of their seats and dance to. After Reprise Records dropped Brave Belt from their label, Randy emptied his own bank account to finance another set of recordings, and began to shop around the next album.
The band eventually landed a new record deal from Mercury Records , one which Randy Bachman proclaimed as a pure stroke of luck. After their demo tape had been rejected 26 times sometimes more than once by the same label , Bachman was prepared to tell the other band members that "they had to go and get the dreaded day jobs.
Wanting to start completely fresh, he took a trash can and slid all the tapes into it except one which missed the can and fell onto the floor. He remembered talking to him the previous year and had told Bachman that if he ever put a demo together to send it to him. Coincidentally, Mercury had just lost Uriah Heep and Rod Stewart to other labels, and Fach was looking for new rock acts to replace them.
I could hear "Gimme Your Money Please" playing in the background, and that was the first song on the tape. He said, "Randy, this is fabulous. Is the rest of the album like this? Fach convinced the band that a brand new name was needed; one that capitalized on the name recognition of the band members. The rest of the band decided the addition of " Overdrive " was the perfect way to describe their music.
BTO released their eponymous first album in May The album broke through in the US via border towns such as Detroit  and Buffalo and stayed on the charts for many weeks despite lacking a hit single. The Turner-penned "Blue Collar" reached No. Reportedly, Fach had agreed to put this album on the Mercury label only if the band would promote it with a heavy concert schedule.
Wherever the band was getting significant airplay, Bachman—Turner Overdrive immediately travelled there, regardless of the tour routing, to build momentum. One such opportunity occurred in St. Louis, Missouri. We had the BTO I album out then, so they at least had something to play and make it look like we were big.
We shipped ten thousand records to St. Louis in one week! The region had been saturated with our album. It was incredible. Backed by manager Bruce Allen, the band logged over dates in alone, and it paid off. It was originally to be titled "Adrenaline Rush".
Randy Bachman had very strong religious beliefs and established rules to be in BTO. Among them was a rule that drugs, alcohol and premarital sex were prohibited on tour, and Tim is alleged to have broken all of these. It is said that he was given opportunities to change his lifestyle and did, at least temporarily. There are other differing accounts of the reasons for his departure. Some accounts state he left because he was getting married and wanted to study record engineering and concert promotion.
I guess the band was conflicting with his whole life. It included the No. Although reaching no higher than No. Said Randy Bachman, "Lizzy were just opening in England, but our label wanted to bust them in the rest of Europe and break them wide open in the States, so we toured with Phil and the boys for seven or eight months. The band went on to record and release Head On in late This album produced the Top 40 single " Take It Like a Man ", which featured a guest appearance by Little Richard who wailed away on his piano.
While garnering some airplay on traditional rock stations, it also received fairly heavy rotation on soft rock stations which normally did not play bands like BTO. Although peaking at only No. Said Fred Turner:. Randy told us his songs were fine and forced the album. It ended that version of the band. Years later, Randy seemed to agree with Turner, stating, "Looking at it now, we should have taken four, five, six months off Randy Bachman left the group following Freeways.
Randy was replaced by bassist Jim Clench , formerly of April Wine. Bassist Turner moved to rhythm guitar with Thornton becoming the primary lead guitarist. Clench and Turner shared lead vocal duties. Even though this line-up included drummer Robbie Bachman, the band had to record and tour only as "BTO" because of an agreement with Randy who wanted to retain the rights to his surname for his solo career. The album became a commercial failure, spawning no hit singles. Hidden categories: Namespaces Article Talk.
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