Burton Cummings to enter the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Burton Cummings
Burton Cummings performs at City Winery on July 30, 2013 in New York City.

When it comes to legendary Canadian vocalists, they don’t get any bigger than Burton Cummings. The singer for The Guess Who wrote or co-wrote some of their most enduring anthems, including “American Woman”, “No Time”, “Share The Land”, “These Eyes” and many more. There’s no question that the band is one of Canada’s greatest exports, with their music popular across North America, and heard regularly on Classic Vinyl, Classic Rewind, 60s on 6 and 70s on 7.

Today it was announced that Cummings would be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Calgary at the JUNO Awards on Sunday, April 3rd. Cummings had previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Guess Who, but this time the accolade will recognize his solo success, including his hits like “Stand Tall” and “Break It To Them Gently”.

In a press release announcing the honour, Cummings said, “I’ve received many acknowledgements through the decades, but truthfully, I cannot say that any of them outweighs this one. I watched the Canadian industry evolve from its fledgling days into a global contender, and witnessed one brilliant artist after another leave a mark that was recognized all over Earth. I’m extremely proud to have been a part of those early days…extremely proud. After considerable success in a band situation, I took that huge, frightening step into solo artist territory. Initially, my single instinct was just to keep going…keep recording.”

“Burton Cummings is indisputably one of Canada’s most beloved artists,” Allan Reid, president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and The Juno Awards, said in the same release.

“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. On behalf of CARAS, I’d like to congratulate Burton Cummings on this great achievement, and look forward to celebrating his lifetime of successes with a special induction weekend during the 2016 Juno Awards.”