Our Canadian neighbors to the south thrilled us in the late ’60’s as the Guess Who. Burton Cummings, one of the most powerful rock voices of our lifetime conspired with guitarist Randy Bachman to create some of the biggest hits of the day. Songs like “American Woman” “These Eyes” “No Time” and “Share the Land” were all million selling hits for the group.
As is sometimes the case, conflicts between Cummings and Bachman caused a split in 1970. The primary reason for the split was Bachman’s conversion to Mormonism.
Cummings stuck it out with the Guess Who until 1975 before embarking on a solo career. Bachman paired with Fred Turner and Bachman Turner Overdrive became one of the biggest selling bands of the ’70’s, selling more than 7 million albums in that decade alone. All told, BTO has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Fast forward to late last year and Randy Bachman proclaiming that he’d be open to working again with Burton Cummings, thinking Cummings could perhaps join Bachman and Fred Turner and call it TCB – Turner, Cummings and Bachman. He noted that would also the initials of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s biggest hit, “Takin’ Care of Business.” He then said maybe they could get Neil Young, another Winnipeg legend, and call it TCBY.
But on the just completed “Rock Legends Cruise Two”, Bachman told us that someone had suggested another name. “WPG, which is short for Winnipeg… So that might happen for some charity or something.”
Here’s what Randy Bachman had to say about the new name someone suggested for his Winnipeg supergroup. “I had somebody propose to me last month a band called WPG, which is short for Winnipeg. And have Neil Young, Fred, myself and Burton — who are the four guys who rode out of Winnipeg in the 60s and are still riding the rock n’ roll train today. That might might happen for some charity or something. That would be as cool as Zeppelin getting together.”