Happy 65th birthday…

October 16th, 2008

C.F. Turner

When people think of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) they think of Randy Bachman. But there where two surnames in the title and the second one was no less important to their success.

C.F. Turner was a guitar player turned bassist who backed as heavy a rhythm section as there was. More importantly, Turner was the de-facto lead vocalist who contributed lead vocals to classics such as Let it Ride, Roll on Down the Highway and Four Wheel Drive, not to mention lesser known but not lesser songs Not Fragile and Gimme Your Money Please.

To Fred Turner, the other big guy in the band, who surrounded himself with guys named Bachman, kicked it into Overdrive and took care of rock and roll business. For the last five years of the seventies he owned a piece of the world, and one summer night in 1975 he and his pals rocked the CNE where a young future blogger, at his first concert, became a life long rock and roll fan. Happy 65th Birthday.

Birthday Wishes, Rockin' and Rollin' and Never Forgettin'

  1. arctic_front
    October 17th, 2008 at 11:12 | #1

    Hey, I’m glad you mention Mr. Turner. It’s about time he was mentioned.

    Randy was not the only member of that band.

    Cheers, and with respect, Rock on!

  2. Brian
    October 17th, 2008 at 11:47 | #2


    As a young guitar guy who worshipped “the look,” I was actually a big Blair Thornton fan. But CF Turner was a huge part of their success and deserves a tip of the chapeau.

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