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Published on May 29th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Rock My World Canada, chapter 69: Randy Bachman

[Mike Carr is determined to create a catalogue/reference work featuring all kinds of Canadian rock and alternative releases from the past few decades. Check out his a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. – AC]

Randolph Charles “Randy” Bachman, ( born September 27, 1943) from Winnipeg is a musician best known as lead guitarist, songwriter and a founding member of the 1960s and 1970s rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive. Bachman was also a member of Brave Belt with Chad Allan, Union, and Ironhorse, and has recorded numerous solo albums.

In 2001, Bachman received an honorary Doctorate of Music from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, along with the other members of The Guess Who. In 2005 Bachman was awarded the Order of Manitoba, the highest award in the Province of Manitoba.] Bachman, along with The Guess Who, was also the recipient of The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts, in 2002.

In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Bachman has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame twice. First as a member of the Guess Who in 2001, then as a solo artist in 2012. He received SOCAN’s Lifetime Achievement Award on June 22, 2015.

Find out more about this artist and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here. Follow Mike on Facebook and Twitter.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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