Voice Of The Guess Who Playing Westbury
NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, January
14 at 8 p.m.
Burton Cummings, OC, is a Canadian musician and songwriter who was the lead singer of The Guess Who from 1965 to 1975. During that time Burton sang, wrote and co-wrote the lion’s share of the Guess Who music, including successes like “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time,” “American Woman,” “Share the Land,” “Star Baby” and “Clap for the Wolfman.” In 1970, The Guess Who’s “American Woman” stayed at #1 in Billboard for three weeks. After that time Cummings recorded many of the most famous Guess Who songs including “Share the Land,” “Hand Me Down World,” “Albert Flasher,” “Rain Dance,” “Sour Suite,” “Glamour Boy,” “Star Baby” and “Clap for the Wolfman.” Burton Cummings sang lead on all 20 Guess Who singles that charted in Billboard from 1969 to 1975.
In 1975, after 10 years, Burton Cummings left The Guess Who to become a solo artist and the group disbanded. His subsequent solo successes included “Stand Tall,” “I’m Scared,” “Break It to Them Gently,” and “Fine State of Affairs.” He received the Genie Award, Canada’s equivalent of the Oscar, for “You Saved My Soul,” which appeared in the movie “Melanie,” a film in which Cummings had a prominent dramatic role. In 2000, The Guess Who reunited for concerts across Canada, and in 2001, they toured the U.S. extensively with a “close to original” lineup, including Cummings, Bachman, Peterson, McDougall and Wallace. In 2001, Burton and the rest of The Guess Who received honorary doctorates at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. More recently, Cummings was made an officer of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian in Canada.
Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).“ Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest of the Iraq War.
In 2007, McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography, “The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly with His Songs.” McLean continues to tour the world with appearances in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, the UK and Ireland so far in 2011. In June 2011, McLean performed for an audience of 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.