Randy Bachman

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Randolph Charles "Randy" Bachman, OC, OM (pronounced /ˈbækmən/; born September 27, 1943, in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian musician best known as lead guitarist, songwriter and a founding member for both the 1960s–70s rock band The Guess Who, and the 1970s rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive. Bachman was also a member of the band Brave Belt with Chad Allan and a band called Ironhorse, and has recorded numerous solo albums.

He is also a national radio personality on CBC Radio One, hosting a weekly music show called Vinyl Tap.


Early years

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Karl (Charlie) Bachman and Anne (Nancy) Dobrinsky, Bachman is half-German, half-Ukrainian in ancestry.[1] At age three he won a singing contest on CKY's King of the Saddle program and age 5 he had started studying the violin in the Royal Toronto Conservatory system.[2] He studied violin until the age of 12 when he grew dissatisfied with the structured lessons.[3] He found that while he couldn't read music, he could play anything if he heard it once; he referred to it as his phonographic memory.[2]

At age 15, Bachman saw Elvis Presley play on Tommy Dorsey's television show and the sight of the guitar around Presley's neck inspired him. He learned three chords from his cousin, then started practising on a modified Hawaiian dobro.[3] At age 16, Bachman met up with Lenny Breau; over the next two years Breau taught Bachman finger picking and also introduced him to the music of Chet Atkins.[2]

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