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Burton Cummings Artist Bio and Lyrics

The Canadian singer-songwriter Burton Cummings was born on the last day of 1947. In addition to his piano work, Cummings is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the 70's band Guess Who. During his decade long tenure with the band, he sang many of their best known songs, including “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “Share the Land,” “Undun,” and “Hand Me Down World.”

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The members of the Guess Who all grew up in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cummings first started playing music with a rhythm and blues band called the Deverons. In 1965, he was asked to join the Guess Who to replace departing keyboardist Bob Ashley. Chad Allan, the band’s lead singer, soon after left the band, and Cummings stepped up to the mic.

Cummings co-wrote the band’s first major hit, “These Eyes,” which was released in 1968. Two years later, the band would score a Number One hit with “American Woman.” When Randy Bachman left the Guess Who to form the Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Cummings took control of the band and would unleash a string of hits throughout the early 1970s. In 1975, Cummings left the band to pursue a solo career and the Guess Who were no more. In addition to his solo work, Cummings also writes music for films.

The albums of Burton Cummings include Burton Cummings, My Own Way to Rock, Dream of a Child, Woman Love, the Best of Burton Cummings, Sweet Sweet, Heart, Plus Signs, the Burton Cummings Collection, Up Close and Alone, Bachman-Cummings Songbook, and The Thunderbird Trax.

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