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Burton Cummings

Biography

Canadian lead singer from the Figure Who. He was acknowledged with writing music like “American Girl” and “These Eye.” He was once an associate of the R&B group known as The Deverons and joined up with The Think Who in 1965. He provides released many Platinum-certified albums including Imagine Child, which proceeded to go three-times Platinum in 1978. He wedded Cheryl DeLuca in 1981. He acted within the 1982 film Melanie with Don Johnson .

Quick Facts


Full Name Burton Cummings
Date Of Birth December 31, 1947
Place Of Birth Winnipeg, Canada
Profession Pop Singer
Education University of Manitoba
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Cheryl DeLuca
Parents Rhoda Cummings
Awards Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Juno Award for Album of the Year, Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, Genie Award for Best Achievement in Music - Original Song, Juno Award for Best Male Artist
Music Groups The Guess Who, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Nominations Juno Award for Single of the Year, Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year
Movies First Time Around, Melanie
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1 He improvised the lyrics of "American Woman" during a Guess Who gig. A fan happened to be taping the show, so the band borrowed the tape in order to record the song as it appears on the "American Woman" album.
2 Spent ten years with The Guess Who, but left for a solo career in 1976.
3 Started his rock and roll career in Winnipeg as a teenager with The Deverons.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Christine 2016/I writer: "Laughing"
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Altman 2014 Documentary writer: "No Time"
The Voice 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary performer: "American Woman" / writer: "American Woman"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Take This Waltz 2011 performer: "Stand Tall" / writer: "Stand Tall"
20 to 1 2010-2011 TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Shrek Forever After 2010 writer: "These Eyes"
The Big Bang Theory 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Stand Tall" / writer: "Dancin' Fool", "Stand Tall"
Rage 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero World Tour 2008 Video Game writer: "American Woman"
60/90 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Superbad 2007 writer: "These Eyes"
My Name Is Earl 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol 2004-2006 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Prison Break 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Party 2005 Video Game as Burton Lorne Cummings, "American Woman"
Stay 2005/I writer: "These Eyes"
Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Guess Who: Running Back Thru Canada 2004 Video documentary writer: "Runnin' Back to Saskatoon", "Rain Dance", "Glamour Boy", "These Eyes", "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature", "American Woman", "Albert Flasher", "Laughing", "No Time", "Share The Land", "Clap For The Wolfman", "Guns, Guns, Guns", "Sour Suite", "Talisman", "Heart Broken Bopper"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Serving Sara 2002 writer: "American Woman"
The Wire 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Almost Famous 2000 writer: "Albert Flasher", "American Woman"
Witchblade 2000 TV Movie writer: "American Woman"
American Beauty 1999 writer: "American Woman"
Pirates of Silicon Valley 1999 TV Movie writer: "No Time"
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 writer: "American Woman"
Last Night 1998/I writer: "Glamour Boy"
If These Walls Could Talk 1996 TV Movie writer: "American Woman"
The Cable Guy 1996 writer: "American Woman"
Now and Then 1995 writer: "These Eyes"
Due South 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Hour 1985 TV Movie writer: "Clap For The Wolfman" - uncredited
Melanie 1982 performer: "You Saved My Soul" / writer: "You Saved My Soul"
California Dreaming 1979 lyrics: "Keep It in the Family" / music: "Keep It in the Family" / performer: "Among the Yesterdays", "Keep It in the Family"
Voices 1979 "Voices", "On a Stage", "Drunk as a Punk"
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melanie 1982 Rick
The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special 1969 TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melanie 1982 music performer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Q with Jian Ghomeshi 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hour 2008-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - The Guess Who
Shakin' All Over! 2006 TV Movie documentary
The Guess Who: Running Back Thru Canada 2004 Video documentary Himself - The Guess Who
Adventures in Rock 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 29th Annual Juno Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
Manitoba Flood Relief Concert 1997 TV Special Himself
Life and Times 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The 25th Annual Juno Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern 1994 TV Series Himself
Ringo Starr Going Home 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself (as The All-Starr Band)
The Alan Hamel Show 1978 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1978 TV Series Himself
Rock Concert 1977 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life and Times 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wayne and Shuster Years 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Genie Genie Awards Best Original Song Melanie (1982)


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#Quote
1 [observation, 2015] Every year that goes by the songs become more special, and the lives of the people in the audience change. Life changes. So when I come back every year and sing those songs, it's like a time machine for people. And I don't shy away from the hit records. I'm not shoving a lot of new stuff down people's throats - not at this stage in my life. I know why they're coming to see us. We try to send everybody home happy. So they are going to hear the songs they came to hear.


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