Talk:Burton Cummings

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in the line "In 1970, the band hit No. 1 in America with, ironically, "American Woman", a song not about a woman but about the United States' militaristic ways and societal problems.", it can be disputed, since technically, it's not about either, it's just a song that was made up on the spot on stage at a hockey rink in Kitchener, Ontario

The rest of the band were waiting for Cummings to take the stage, and they spontaneously came up with the melody as a riff to fill the time in. Which is why all four members of the band ended up with a songwriting credit. -- Cranston Lamont 20:35, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

This is probably unencyclopedic, but in a 1977 radio show Kenny Everett described Cummings as having the most fabulous teeth he'd ever seen on a human being. Lee M 11:37, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

The Guess is not the first Canadian act to have a #1 song on US charts. Percy Faith, Paul Anka and others accomplished this prior to the Guess Who.

I got rid of the aka cumman at the beginning, i felt that it wasnt nessasary. picklefishman sept. 19, 2007

NPOV, anyone?[edit]

I love Canada, I love the Guess Who, and I love Burton Cummings as a musician, but golly, this article is FULL of POV and peacock terms. (talk) 21:13, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Great singer, very spirited, political (Left), I gather. I was looking forward to some discussion of that aspect of him. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Wrote 'Africa'?[edit]

A section of the article states that Burton Cummings wrote 'Africa' for the band Toto. The page for 'Africa' states that it was written by the Toto band members and gives there name. What gives? Who wrote it? (talk) 15:35, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

1982 "Melanie"[edit]

Burton Cummings played Rick Manning in the Rex Bromfield's 1982 film, "Melanie". Burton co-stared with Glynnis O'Connor in this film about an illiterate mother's trek to rescue her son from her x-husband. Burton plays the part of a rock star on the skids. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dciami (talkcontribs) 23:39, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

Has Cummings ever been married? Long-term relationship? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:26, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

With God on Our Side ??[edit]

In the main article it states the song debuted at 21 on the Canadian charts. In the table for the single release it states 29. It would be great if an editor who's up on this would verify which is correct. If I get some time I'll run the info down. Thanks!THX1136 (talk) 02:31, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

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Guess Who-BTO animosity[edit]

There are plenty of RS out there - rock encyclopedia's, books, magazine articles - that document the considerable animosity between Cummings and Bachman-Turner Overdrive back in the day. While the bands were rivals and one-upmanship was typical of rock groups, there were some personal daggers between Cummings and the Bachman brothers, especially around 1974 when BTO had two hits on the radio. Cummings even mocked "Takin' Care of Business" vocally during a radio interview pretty harshly. The article (and Bachman's) should be updated to reflect this. (talk) 09:54, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

A modern example of a source - - but there are other, better ones out there. (talk) 22:49, 20 March 2018 (UTC)