At the 2016 JUNO Awards in Calgary, singer-songwriter Burton Cummings will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame following last year’s inductee Alanis Morissette and 2014’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Burt himself played with Randy Bachman of that band in The Guess Who and later ventured into a successful career as a soloist.
Cummings scored a hat trick of multiplatinum studio albums as a soloist. He has four JUNO awards and three more as a member of The Guess Who. The band placed 33 songs in the RPM Top 40 from 1965 to 1975, and Burton himself contributed an additional eight afterwards. Classic Canadian songs among those are “No Time”, “Laughing”, and “American Woman” by The Guess Who. Burton’s three Top 10 songs as a soloist are “Stand Tall”, “Break It To Them Gently” and “Fine State of Affairs”.
The JUNO Awards write, “Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure and a living legend, Cummings continues to be true to himself and his way to rock. We are thrilled to celebrate his achievements.” Burton Cummings was born in Winnipeg on December 31, 1947.