“MY OWN WAY TO ROCK”* Colin Wiebe's tribute to Burton Cummings & The Guess Who
For 10 years, Burton Cummings was lead singer, pianist and main songwriter for Canadian rock stars The Guess Who. His contributions as writer or co-writer include “American Woman”, “Share The land”, “These Eyes”, “Star Baby” and “Clap For The Wolfman”. His solo hits include “Stand Tall”, “My Own Way To Rock”, “Break It To Them Gently” and “Timeless Love”.
Cummings joined The Guess Who in 1965, after they had already enjoyed a Canada-wide hit with their cover of Johnny Kidd's “Shakin' All Over”. But international success eluded them until “American Woman”, “These Eyes” and “Laughing” hit the charts. When guitarist Randy Bachman left to form BTO, Cummings became bandleader. With his trademark vocals and piano driving their hits, they sold millions of records and toured the world.
Eventually, the touring grind became too much for Cummings and he began a highly successful solo career. He has been awarded the prestigious Order of Canada, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame. Although a California resident for many years, he still calls Winnipeg home, donating $1,000,000 to rescue an aging downtown theater, re-named The Burton Cummings Theater, in his honour.
Vancouver native Colin Wiebe spent two decades singing The Guess Who's hits with BTO's Randy Bachman. As keyboardist, guitarist and lead singer along with Randy, he toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe. He has released 4 CDs and a live DVD of his original songs, some of which have been used in television and film. He calls his Cummings/Guess Who tribute "a labour of love and a celebration of Burton Cummings' music”. Heartily endorsed by Cummings, the show features both his solo and Guess Who hits.