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Burton Cummings

"Burton Cummings", OM, D.Mus (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician and songwriter.

A pianist and a showman, he was the lead singer for the Canadian rock band "The Guess Who," and during his 10 years in "The Guess Who" from 1965 to 1975, he sang many well known songs, including "American Woman," "No Time," "Share the Land," "Hand Me Down World," "Undun," and "These Eyes."

Cummings was born and raised in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as were all of the original members of "The Guess Who".

His first band was a local Winnipeg R&B group The Deverons, with an 'E', (not to be confused with the band The Devrons who had Country/R&B hits in the early 60's such as "Brand X", "Battle Him", "Lost Love", "Too Little Too Late"). He joined The Guess Who in 1965 to replace keyboardist Bob Ashley and shortly thereafter its previous lead singer, Chad Allan, left the band.

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.

Ultimately, Burton's partying ways and Randy Bachman's more pious lifestyle caused a serious rift in ...

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