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Burton Cummings

  • Canadian musician
  • Born December 31, 1947

Burton Lorne Cummings, (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. Burton is the former lead singer and keyboardist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. During his 10 years in the band, from 1965 to 1975, he sang, wrote or co-wrote many hit songs, including "American Woman," "No Time", "Share the Land", "Hand Me Down World", "Laughing", "Star Baby", "New Mother Nature", "These Eyes", and "Clap for the Wolfman". His solo career includes many hit singles, including "Stand Tall", "My Own Way to Rock", "Fine State of Affairs", and "You Saved My Soul".


You could live in Winnipeg a thousand years and not meet Ringo, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan.




When I'm not touring, I sing at home, either at the piano or I'll pick up my guitar, singing old Buck Owens songs.




I can put up a blog in 10 seconds.




My book is already online. I can type 150 words a minute. I took typing in high school.




I certainly haven't lived the life of a Buddhist monk.




As a member of Guess Who, I think 'No Time' was the best thing we ever did. It was a pivotal song in our career.




Most of my ambitions were seeded at St. John's. My time there was some of the best time I have spent on Earth thus far.




The biggest compliment I get is that I don't sound like anybody else. I think I value that as the highest compliment.




It's like a runner or a swimmer training all the time. I sing every day.




There may be a new album, and there may not. Right now, we're encouraging bootlegging because there have been some great live things that ended up on the Internet. Rather than try to stop it, we like it. If nobody gave a crap about you, they wouldn't bother to bootleg you.




I sing in key, thank you very much.




I'm not Bill Evans. I'm not Keith Jarrett. I'm basically a singer who plays along with his voice.




When I'm in the car and somebody comes on the radio singing the high notes, I try to sing along.



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