Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Monday, November 23, 2015

The list of Canadian artists who have broken into the United States entertainment scene is long and distinguished, ranging from the comedy antics of such greats as John Candy and Dan Aykroyd to the musical stylings of Leonard Cohen and Bryan (not Ryan) Adams.  Today we are going to discuss the accomplishments of a band out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, a relatively isolated community located near the center of North America.  Their name is, of course, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Two former members of the 1960's band The Guess Who decided to go out on their own - Randy Bachman and Chad Allan, with Robbie Bachman (Randy's brother) joining them on drums.  This was in 1971, when the band went by the name of Brave Belt.  Eventually, a friend of famed musician Neil Young was also brought in, Fred Turner.  Inspired by Young's band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (not too creative a name, but hey, it said who was in the band!) they went with the name Bachman-Turner, adding Overdrive after seeing a magazine for truck drivers.  Their first album became something of a hit in large part because the band would go to any city where they received airplay and give a concert.  But, when Bachman-Turner Overdrive II was released in 1974, they hit it big!  Including the massive hits "Taking Care of Business" and "Let It Ride," BTO II reached the number four spot on the United States charts.

The band did very well through the 1970's, but discord proved inevitable (too many brothers in the band, maybe).  Members left, new ones came on.  They disbanded, they got back together.  They're still out there creating music.  You can check out the website for more information
QUESTION:  When Tim Bachman left the band shortly after the release of BTO II, which was the primary reason given?
A)  He was involved in too much illicit activity  
B)  He did not conduct enough illicit activity
C)  Creative differences
D)  He wanted to move to India and become a shaman

TWEED TWAPPED.  Yes, today was the day that William Magear "Boss" Tweed, infamous as the corrupt leader of the New York City political machine Tammany Hall, was finally brought to justice in the year 1876.  Tweed openly manipulated the system to get what he wanted, and few people made a stink about it.  Unfortunately for Tweed, one of the people who did was Thomas Nast, a cartoonist who criticized Tweed so effectively that he became a public outcast. When he escaped from prison in 1874 he ran to Spain to escape.  But Nast's cartoons were so well done, Spanish authorities actually recognized him and extradited him back to New York, where he died in prison in 1878.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADOLPH!  Yes, on this day in 1888, one of the most famous of the Marx clan was born.  He was little known by his birthname, though.  He went by Arthur or, most famously, Harpo.  Harpo Marx was the quiet brother - the brilliant pantomime whose antics were legendary.  The world was definitely a funnier place with Harpo in it!

QUOTE:  I was the same kind of father as I was a harpist.  I played by ear. - Harpo Marx

ANSWER:  A)  He was involved in too much illicit activity.  His brother Randy was very religious, and banned drugs, alcohol and premarital sex.  Tim violated every element of the rule.