Hey You (Bachman–Turner Overdrive song)

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"Hey You"
BTO Hey You 45 sleeve.jpg
7" single cover
Single by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
from the album Four Wheel Drive
B-side"Flat Broke Love"
ReleasedMay 1975
Songwriter(s)Randy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive singles chronology
"Roll on Down the Highway"
"Hey You"
"Down to the Line"

"Hey You" is a song written by Randy Bachman, and was first recorded by Canadian rock group Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) for their 1975 album Four Wheel Drive. It was the first and more successful of two singles issued from the LP, the second being "Quick Change Artist", which was released in Canada only.


The lead vocal is provided by Randy Bachman. There were rumors circulated that Randy Bachman directed the lyrics of "Hey You" at former bandmate Burton Cummings, who had publicly stated that Bachman would never make it in the music business again following his departure from The Guess Who. Randy confirmed the rumors in interviews years later, stating: "I deserved to gloat a bit after all the mud Burton had slung at me."[1]

Cash Box said it has elements of earlier Bachman-Turner Overdrive singles "Let It Ride" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and contains "the suttering vocals of Randy Bachman, and some more heavy guitar chording."[2]


"Hey You" was the second BTO single to hit number 1 on the Canadian RPM chart, following "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet". It held the top position on the RPM chart for two weeks in June 1975. The song peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on July 5, 1975.[3]

Chart (1975) Peak
Austria[4] 14
Canada RPM Top Singles 1
New Zealand[5] 10
US Billboard Hot 100 21
West Germany[6] 9


  1. ^ Heatley, Michael (May 2, 2014). "The Turbulent History of Bachman-Turner Overdrive". teamrock.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. May 17, 1975. p. 23. Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  3. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Swedish Charts website
  5. ^ Swedish Charts site as above
  6. ^ Infinity Charts - German Top 20 of 1975