Burton Cummings

Inducted in 2016

He made his name with his decade of work in The Guess Who, but Burton Cummings’ career did not end with the disbanding of that beloved Canadian act. Far from it. Instead, the native Winnipegger embarked on a solo career that has brought him many accolades, including his 2016 solo induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Cummings was born on New Year’s Eve, 1947, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His mother Rhoda raised Burton, who never knew his father, in his grandparents’ home. Cummings quit school at age 16, two years after joining popular local garage band The Deverons. At age 18, in 1965, he would be asked to join The Guess Who.

Career Highlights


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame


Given a solo star on Canada’s Walk of Fame


Reunites with Randy Bachman for a CBC special


The Guess Who reunites for “SARSstock” in Toronto

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Appointed to the Order of Manitoba


Awarded Best Selling Album JUNO in 1979 for Dream of a Child


Quick Fact

Cummings co-starred in the 1982 film Melanie.

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Quick Fact

His first solo single, “Stand Tall,” hit the American Top 10.