|Bachman Turner Overdrive
"Let It Ride," "Takin'
Care of Business," etc.
Founded by Randy Bachman,
Robbie Bachman, Chad Allen, and C.F. Turner, in
Current Line-Up: C.F. Turner,
Robbie Bachman (drums), Blair Thornton (guitar),
Randy Murray (guitar)
Bachman takes a hiatus from The Guess Who to
release his first solo venture, AXE.
Subsequently announces his departure from The
Randy Bachman, his younger brother Robbie, former
bandmate with The Expressions, Chad Allen, and
longtime friend C.F. Turner form Brave Belt.
April 1971 Brave Belt signed by
May 1971 First album, Brave
winter 1971 Brave Belt II
replaced with Tim Bachman, Randy and Robbie's
brother. The tour in support of Brave Belt II
is cancelled half-way through due to problems
with management. The group is renamed Bachman
Turner Overdrive signed by Mercury Records.
May 1, 1973 Bachman
Turner Overdrive, BTO's debut album,
later 1973 Bachman
Turner Overdrive II released. "Let It
Ride" becomes the group's first single, and
"Takin' Care of Business" its second.
Bachman replaced by Blair Thornton.
Fragile -- "You Ain't Seen Nothing
Yet," "Roll On Down the Highway,"
etc. -- released.
Wheel Drive -- "Hey You,"
"Quick Change Artist," "Don't Let
the Blues Get You Down," "She's A
Devil," etc. -- released. Head On
-- "Looking Out For #1," "Gimme
Your Money Please," etc. -- released.
Tour Live released. Best of BTO...So Far
released. Freeways -- "Shotgun
Rider," "Life Goes On," etc. --
released. Randy Bachman leaves the band, and is
replaced with Jim Clench (formerly of April
Wine). Legal issues over the group's name ensue,
leading to Thornton, Turner and Robin Bachman
securing the rights to the name BTO and using
that instead of the elongated band name.
Action -- "Down the Road," etc. --
released to poor sales.
and Roll Nights -- "Heartaches,"
"Jamaica," etc. -- released. Poor sales
lead to the group "going into
Bachman, C.F. Turner, Billy Chapman and Gary
Peterson (formerly of The Guess Who), along with
Randy's wife Denise McCann, reform Bachman Turner
Overdrive and release a self-titled album. The
album fails to produce any singles and the group
Records releases Greatest Hits Live.
Records releases BTO's Greatest.
Bachman, Turner, Thornton and guitarist Randy
Murray go on tour as BTO.
Anthology, a doube-disc collection,
On, another compilation set, released.
Bachman Turner, Thornton, and Murray release Trial
By Fire in Europe. In addition to remakes of
BTO classics, the album includes four new songs.
A mid-1970's concert is released in the
"King Biscuit Flower Hour Series."
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