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"
Released May 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Rock
Length 3:34
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Randy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive singles chronology
"Roll on Down the Highway"
(1975)
"Hey You"
(1975)
"Down to the Line"
(1975)

"Roll on Down the Highway"
(1975)
"Hey You"
(1975)
"Down to the Line"
(1975)

"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. The lead vocal is provided by Randy Bachman. It was the first and more successful of two singles issued from the LP, the second being "Quick Change Artist", which was a relative commercial failure. "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.[1]

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."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Canada RPM 1
US Billboard Hot 100 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ Heatley, Michael (May 2, 2014). "The Turbulent History of Bachman-Turner Overdrive". teamrock.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.