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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
1He 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.
2Spent ten years with The Guess Who, but left for a solo career in 1976.
3Started his rock and roll career in Winnipeg as a teenager with The Deverons.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Christine2016/Iwriter: "Laughing"
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV Series music - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Altman2014Documentary writer: "No Time"
The Voice2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013Documentary performer: "American Woman" / writer: "American Woman"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Take This Waltz2011performer: "Stand Tall" / writer: "Stand Tall"
20 to 12010-2011TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Shrek Forever After2010writer: "These Eyes"
The Big Bang Theory2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s2009TV Movie documentary performer: "Stand Tall" / writer: "Dancin' Fool", "Stand Tall"
Rage2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "American Woman"
60/902008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Superbad2007writer: "These Eyes"
My Name Is Earl2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol2004-2006TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Prison Break2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Party2005Video Game as Burton Lorne Cummings, "American Woman"
Stay2005/Iwriter: "These Eyes"
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Guess Who: Running Back Thru Canada2004Video 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 Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Serving Sara2002writer: "American Woman"
The Wire2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Almost Famous2000writer: "Albert Flasher", "American Woman"
Witchblade2000TV Movie writer: "American Woman"
American Beauty1999writer: "American Woman"
Pirates of Silicon Valley1999TV Movie writer: "No Time"
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me1999writer: "American Woman"
Last Night1998/Iwriter: "Glamour Boy"
If These Walls Could Talk1996TV Movie writer: "American Woman"
The Cable Guy1996writer: "American Woman"
Now and Then1995writer: "These Eyes"
Due South1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Hour1985TV Movie writer: "Clap For The Wolfman" - uncredited
Melanie1982performer: "You Saved My Soul" / writer: "You Saved My Soul"
California Dreaming1979lyrics: "Keep It in the Family" / music: "Keep It in the Family" / performer: "Among the Yesterdays", "Keep It in the Family"
Voices1979"Voices", "On a Stage", "Drunk as a Punk"
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melanie1982Rick
The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special1969TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melanie1982music performer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Q with Jian Ghomeshi2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hour2008-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - The Guess Who
Shakin' All Over!2006TV Movie documentary
The Guess Who: Running Back Thru Canada2004Video documentaryHimself - The Guess Who
Adventures in Rock2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 29th Annual Juno Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
Manitoba Flood Relief Concert1997TV SpecialHimself
Life and Times1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 25th Annual Juno Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1994TV SeriesHimself
Ringo Starr Going Home1993TV Movie documentaryHimself (as The All-Starr Band)
The Alan Hamel Show1978TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651978TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1977TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life and Times2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wayne and Shuster Years1991TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983GenieGenie AwardsBest Original SongMelanie (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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