Published Jan 25, 2016With a long and prosperous career spanning over five decades, Canadian singer-songwriter Burton Cummings is set to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this spring. From his time with the Guess Who to his likewise successful run as a solo artist, Cummings achievements will be honoured in a ceremony during this year's Juno Awards broadcast.
A press release has the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirming Cummings' induction into the Hall of Fame this year, noting that the artist will be the first to have his name inscribed on a plaque inside the Hall of Fame's new home at Calgary's National Music Centre. The inscription will be unveiled April 1, while Cummings' many feats will be celebrated on-air April 3 during the broadcast of the 45th annual Juno Awards from Calgary's Saddledome.
"I've received many acknowledgements through the decades, but truthfully, I cannot say that any of them outweighs this one," Cummings said in a statement. "I watched the Canadian industry evolve from its fledgling days into a global contender, and witnessed one brilliant artist after another leave a mark that was recognized all over Earth."
He added: "This honour tells me I made the right decision, that my instincts were correct. I'm more proud that anyone could know and I feel as Canadian as I've ever felt in my 68 years of life. I don't take this lightly, and my sincere heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who had anything to do with making this happen for me. This means more to me than anyone could ever really know."
Cummings first found fame and acclaim as the lead vocalist of Winnipeg rock'n'roll group the Guess Who, who would record a number of radio hits, including "These Eyes," "Laughing," "American Woman," "No Sugar Tonight," "Clap for the Wolfman," "Running Back to Saskatoon" and more. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987.
Cummings solo career began in 1976, after the breakup of the Guess Who, with the launching of his massive ballad "Stand Tall." He'd win five Juno Awards between 1977 and 1980 for Best Male Vocalist and Best Album, and host the awards four times, from 1979 to 1983.
Cummings has maintained a steady pace with his solo career, with highlights including 1978's Dream of a Child, the first album to go quadruple-platinum in Canada, and the release of Massey Hall, his first-ever live solo LP, in 2012.