Fred Turner (musician)

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Fred Turner
BachmanTurner Mod Club (CMFCMW) March 11, 2011 - Fred Turner.jpg
Fred Turner performing in 2011. Photo by Zack Lovatt.
Background information
Birth nameCharles Frederick Turner
Also known asC.F. Turner
Born(1943-10-16) 16 October 1943 (age 70)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
GenresRock, hard rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, actor
InstrumentsVocals, bass, rhythm guitar
Associated actsBachman–Turner Overdrive, Pink Plumm, Brave Belt, The D-Drifters, Randy Murray, Little River Band
Websitewww.bachmanandturner.com
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 4001[citation needed]
 
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Fred Turner
BachmanTurner Mod Club (CMFCMW) March 11, 2011 - Fred Turner.jpg
Fred Turner performing in 2011. Photo by Zack Lovatt.
Background information
Birth nameCharles Frederick Turner
Also known asC.F. Turner
Born(1943-10-16) 16 October 1943 (age 70)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
GenresRock, hard rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, actor
InstrumentsVocals, bass, rhythm guitar
Associated actsBachman–Turner Overdrive, Pink Plumm, Brave Belt, The D-Drifters, Randy Murray, Little River Band
Websitewww.bachmanandturner.com
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 4001[citation needed]

Charles Frederick "Fred" Turner (born 16 October 1943) is a Canadian rock bassist, vocalist and songwriter, and was a founding member of the 1970s rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive (B.T.O.). He is credited on early Bachman–Turner Overdrive and B.T.O. albums as "C.F. Turner".

History[edit]

Fred Turner played in over a dozen bands in and around Winnipeg during his early adult years, his first vocal recordings being with the group Pink Plumm, which released one independent single. Based upon advice Randy Bachman received from Neil Young, Turner was subsequently asked to join Randy's band Brave Belt in 1971.[1] At the time, Turner was playing and singing in a cover band called the D-Drifters. The D-Drifters wanted to continue doing cover songs, and had repeatedly rejected Turner's original compositions. When the call came from Bachman, Turner jumped at the chance to join a band that would give him an opportunity to play original material.[2]

The lead vocalist for the first Brave Belt album was Chad Allan, Randy Bachman's former bandmate from The Guess Who. When Allan departed shortly after the album's release, Turner stepped in as a full-time lead vocalist and bassist.[2] Brave Belt would later become known as Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO). While Randy Bachman was the more widely known name because of his years with The Guess Who, Robbie Bachman stated in numerous interviews that there could have been no "BTO sound" without Turner's contributions: "The first Brave Belt albums were very country-rock. Everything changed when Fred joined the band. We had Fred Turner's heavy, rough voice. We evolved because of Mr. Turner."[3]

When Randy Bachman left Bachman–Turner Overdrive in late 1977, Turner switched from bass to rhythm guitar to make room for bassist–vocalist Jim Clench. This new line-up for 1978-79 was only called B.T.O. and nothing else, due to legal issues surrounding the use of the Bachman surname. Turner resumed his original role on the bass when Bachman–Turner Overdrive re-formed in 1983.

Turner is the lead vocalist on many of Bachman–Turner Overdrive's most popular tracks, including "Roll on Down the Highway," "Let It Ride," "Blue Collar," "Four Wheel Drive" and "Not Fragile." His songwriting credits include "Gimme Your Money Please," "Blue Collar," "Not Fragile," "Take It Like a Man" (with Blair Thornton), "Let it Ride" (with Randy Bachman) and "Roll on Down the Highway" (with Robbie Bachman).

Turner recorded a solo song for the Animal Magnetism CD called "Walk With You" in 1996. The Animal Magnetism album was put together by Riff West. Other musicians that recorded songs for this album include Lonesome Dave Peverett of Foghat, Pat Travers, and Edgar Winter. In 2000, he made a voice appearance with Randy Bachman on an episode of The Simpsons.[4]

Turner's last performance on stage with any formation of BTO was in 2004 with Randy Murray. The two were backed by members of the Little River Band because drummer Robbie Bachman and guitarist Blair Thornton were unable to attend BTO's last show. Turner is the only member of Bachman–Turner Overdrive to be on every album the band released.

2010 Bachman and Turner reunion[edit]

Turner reunited with Randy Bachman and recorded a new self-titled album that was released in September, 2010 under the name "Bachman & Turner."[5][6]

Bachman and Turner embarked on a 2010-11 world tour in support of their 2010 album, though numerous BTO songs were also played onstage. The B&T world tour opened in June 2010 at the Sweden Rock Festival. The two founding members' newest album is a return to the full, rich rock sounds of the seventies, and they have stated it is the "missing album" of that BTO era. Other confirmed dates included the High Voltage Festival in London, England, the Manitoba Homecoming Festival in Winnipeg, and several more dates in the United States and Canada. Continuing tour announcements are posted at www.bachmanandturner.com.

Awards and recognition and other achievements[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
YearTitleU.S. certification[7]Chart number
1973Bachman–Turner OverdriveGold70
1973Bachman–Turner Overdrive IIPlatinum4
1974Not FragilePlatinum1
1975Four Wheel DriveGold5
1975Head OnGold21
1977Freeways-70
1978Street Action-135
1979Rock n' Roll Nights-165
1984Bachman–Turner Overdrive-87
1996Trial By Fire: Greatest and Latest--
2010Bachman & Turner--
Live albums
YearTitleU.S. certificationChart number
1977BTO Live - Japan Tour--
1986Live Live Live--
1994Best of Bachman–Turner Overdrive Live--
1997Motorcity Detroit USA Live--
1998King Biscuit Flower Hour: Bachman–Turner Overdrive--
Compilation albums
YearTitleU.S. certification[7]Chart number
1976Best of BTO (So Far)2x Platinum-
1983You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet--
1986BTO's GreatestGold-
1993The Anthology--
1998Takin' Care Of Business--
200020th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman–Turner OverdriveGold-
2001The Very Best Of Bachman–Turner Overdrive--
2005Bachman Turner Overdrive Gold--

Singles[8]

YearSingleChartPosition
1973"Blue Collar"Rock Singles68
1974"Let It Ride"Pop Singles23
1974"Takin’ Care of Business"12
1974"Roll On Down The Highway"14
1974"You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet"1
1975"Hey You"21
1976"Gimme Your Money Please"70
1976"Take It Like A Man"33
1976"Lookin' Out For #1"65
1976"Down To The Line"43
1977"My Wheels Won't Turn"--
1977"Shotgun Rider"--
1978"Down The Road"--
1979"Jamaica"--
1979"Heartaches"60
1984"Service With A Smile"--
1984"For The Weekend"83
1996"House Of The Rising Sun"--
2010"Rollin' Along"--

Filmography[edit]

YearTypeTitle
1974Music VideoYou Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
1975Documentary/ Live Shows1975 Road Special
1983Music VideoFor The Weekend
1988Live Show'88 Reunion
1995Documentary/ Live ShowsBTO: The Movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Driving Music: Bachman–Turner Overdrive," article at www.allpar.com
  2. ^ a b Gormley, Peter. "BTO (Bachman–Turner Overdrive) Frequently Asked Questions," 7/31/97.
  3. ^ "Mark After Dark interview with B.T.O. drummer Rob Bachman, "Behind the Four Wheel Drive"". Newyorkwaste.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Saddlesore Galatica". Snpp.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  5. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (2009-12-07). "Bachman and Turner return". Winnipegsun.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  6. ^ "BTO official biography". Bachmanandturner.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  7. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-19.