Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Classic Rock Rock 70s Hard Rock Canadian
Bachman–Turner Overdrive (frequently known as BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, best known for their series of five Top 40 albums and six Top 40 singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Overall, the band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide. Many of their songs, including "Let It Ride", "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", "Takin' Care of Business", "Hey You" and "Roll On Down the Highway", still receive play on FM classic rock stations. BTO fans are affectionately known as "gearheads" (derived from the band's gear-shaped logo). More Info »

Top Albums

  • Not Fragile
    Not Fragile
  • Trial by Fire
    Trial by Fire
  • Best Of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    Best Of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Live! Live! Live!
    Live! Live! Live!
  • BTO's Greatest
    BTO's Greatest
  • Classic Bachman Turner Overdrive - The Universal Masters Collection
    Classic Bachman Turner Overdrive - The Universal Masters Collection
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive II
    Bachman-Turner Overdrive II
  • The Anthology
    The Anthology
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • The Collection
    The Collection
  • Gold
    Gold
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Greatest Hits
    Greatest Hits
  • Best of B.T.O.
    Best of B.T.O.
  • Four Wheel Drive
    Four Wheel Drive
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Bachman Turner Overdrive
    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
    You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive
    Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • Head On
    Head On
  • BachmanTurner Overdrive: 40th Anniversary
    BachmanTurner Overdrive: 40th Anniversary
  • Takin' Care Of Business
    Takin' Care Of Business
  • Freeways
    Freeways
  • Colour Collection
    Colour Collection
  • Roll On Down
    Roll On Down
  • Best of BTO (So Far)
    Best of BTO (So Far)
  • Street Action
    Street Action
  • Roll on Down the Highway
    Roll on Down the Highway
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive: 40th Anniversary
    Bachman Turner Overdrive: 40th Anniversary
  • The Very Best of Bachmann Turner Overdrive
    The Very Best of Bachmann Turner Overdrive
  • The Best Of Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Green Series
    The Best Of Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Green Series
  • King Biscuit Flower Hour
    King Biscuit Flower Hour
  • Legends Of Rock
    Legends Of Rock
  • Classic
    Classic
  • The Anthology (disc 1)
    The Anthology (disc 1)
  • Anthology
    Anthology
  • The All Time Greatest Hits Of
    The All Time Greatest Hits Of
  • The Anthology (disc 2)
    The Anthology (disc 2)
  • Live
    Live
  • The Millennium Collection
    The Millennium Collection
  • The Best Of Bachman-Turner Overdrive Live
    The Best Of Bachman-Turner Overdrive Live
  • Hits You Remember (Live)
    Hits You Remember (Live)
  • Rock & Roll Nights
    Rock & Roll Nights
  • Greatest Hits Live
    Greatest Hits Live
  • Hits You Remember: Live
    Hits You Remember: Live
  • Colour Collection (International)
    Colour Collection (International)
  • King Biscuit Flower Hour:  Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    King Biscuit Flower Hour: Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • 36 All-Time Greatest Hits (disc 3)
    36 All-Time Greatest Hits (disc 3)
  • 36 All-Time Greatest Hits (disc 2)
    36 All-Time Greatest Hits (disc 2)

Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Artist Bio

Bachman–Turner Overdrive (frequently known as BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, best known for their series of five Top 40 albums and six Top 40 singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Overall, the band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide. Many of their songs, including "Let It Ride", "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", "Takin' Care of Business", "Hey You" and "Roll On Down the Highway", still receive play on FM classic rock stations. BTO fans are affectionately known as "gearheads" (derived from the band's gear-shaped logo).

The precursor to BTO was the band Brave Belt, formed in 1970 by Randy Bachman and Chad Allan (both 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.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada , BTO released their first album under that name in the spring of 1973. Their second album 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" written by Randy Bachman. BTO were one of the early hard rock bands which opted for songs backed by catchy melodies and powerful riffing. The band also promoted a strait-laced lifestyle due to the Mormon religious beliefs of Randy Bachman.

Tim Bachman left because of limited performance skills and personal lifestyle issues, and was replaced by Blair Thornton. The first album with the modified lineup, 1974's Not Fragile became a hit, including the #1 single "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet". The band continued to steadily produce successful albums through the mid-1970s including Four Wheel Drive and Head On (both 1975).

After the release of Freeways in 1977, Randy Bachman left the group for a solo career and another band, Ironhorse. Randy was replaced by Jim Clench, formerly of April Wine, and BTO released a pair of albums before breaking up in 1979. They reunited in 1983, leading to a lawsuit between the brothers, as one group, led by Randy, toured as Bachman-Turner Overdrive and another, led by Robbie, toured as BTO (Robbie Bachman, Fred Turner, Blair Thornton, and Randy Murray). Interestingly enough, in 1984 the line up for Bachman-Turner's first studio LP in 5 years consisted of Randy and Tim Bachman, Fred Turner and Garry Peterson on drums. In 1986 they were the opening band for the newly reformed Van Halen. By that time Fred Turner had left the band, probably to join the "other" BTO. Robbie Bachman's BTO toured and performed until early 2005.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2010 for a tour and collaboration on new songs. In 2010, they played the half-time show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton, AB.

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