Bachman Turner Overdrive - Biography
Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO)
is a Canadian rock band that enjoyed a string of hit albums and
singles in the 1970s.
The precursor to BTO was the band Brave Belt, formed in 1970 by Randy Bachman of The Guess Who
with Chad Allan (also of The Guess
Who), Robbie Bachman and Fred
Turner. An original plan included Keith Emerson of The Nice, though
he was dropped due to illness. After two moderately successful Brave
Belt albums, Allan was replaced by Tim
Bachman, the third of the Bachman brothers, and the band
changed its name to Bachman-Turner Overdrive; the band released its
first album under that name in the Spring of 1973.
Their second album with this
line-up was Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, and it became a
massive hit in the US and their native Canada. It also yielded their
best-remembered single, "Takin' Care of Business".
Tim Bachman left to become a record
producer and was replaced by Blair Thorton
and the first album with the modified lineup, 1974's Not Fragile
became a hit, including the #1 single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet".
The band continued to steadily produce successful albums through the
mid-1970s including Four Wheel Drive and Head On (both
After the release of Freeways
in 1977, Randy Bachman left the group for a solo career and another
band, Ironhorse, and what was left
of Bachman-Turner Overdrive released a pair of disappointing albums
before breaking up. They reunited in the 1980s, leading to a lawsuit
as one group, led by Randy, toured as Bachman-Turner Overdrive
and another, led by Robbie, toured as BTO. A lawsuit between
the brothers resulted.
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