The Guess Who was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1987, and now the band’s founding frontman, Burton Cummings, will be similarly honored as a solo artist this year. The 68-year-old singer/keyboardist’s induction will take place on April 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary during the 45th annual Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys.
“I wish my mother had lived long enough to see this. She would have been over the moon about it,” Cummings says in a statement. “I’ve received many acknowledgements through the decades, but truthfully, I cannot say that any of them outweighs this one.”
Burton launched his solo career in 1976 after leaving The Guess Who. He notched his biggest U.S. solo hit that same year with “Stand Tall,” which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although he only had one more top-40 single in the States, 1981’s “You Saved My Soul,” he scored more than a dozen solo hits in his home country.
Juno Awards president and CEO Allan Reid, meanwhile, says Cummings “is indisputably one of Canada’s most beloved artists,” adding that, “For over 50 years, his powerful voice and timeless body of work have topped charts across North America and continues to resonate with fans both old and new.”
Cummings other achievements include seven Juno Awards, four for his solo recordings, as well as induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Prairie Music Hall of Fame. He also is the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Governor-General’s Performance Arts Award.
Burton’s most recent studio album, Above the Ground, came out in 2008, and he released his first-ever live solo record, Massey Hall, in 2012.
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Source: Classic Rock News