What did Bachman-Turner Overdrive contribute to music?
An extremely popular group of the 1970's, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's heavy metal and hard rock music is yet played on Classic Rock stations today. During the decade of the seventies, their albums sold over a million copies, five of which were in the Top 40 with such songs as "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," "Roll On Down the Highway," "Let It Ride," and "Takin' Care of Business," which was even used on the soundtrack for the 2005 movie about the failed Ponzi scheme and corrupt business practices of the corporation Enron, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive evolved from The Guess Who in which Randy Bachman was a guitarist. Originally called Brave Belt, the group was formed with Randy, his brother Robbie who was the drummer, C. F. "Fred" Turner, and Chad Allan (also formerly of The Guess Who), who was later replaced by guitarist Tim Bachman. The group's name originated from a trucker's magazine, Overdrive. Their hard, driving beat was in "overdrive" the group felt. Certainly, Bachman-Turner Overdrive inspired other groups of this genre.
They also offer an example of how perseverance often is rewarded with a little luck. For, Bachman's demo tape was rejected 26 times; but, because of their having submitted it so many times, it was finally listened to by Charlie Fach of Mercury Records. Ironically, Fach, who returned from a trip to France had decided to sweep every demo tape off his desk and begin fresh. As chance would have it, Bachman's tape hit the wastebasket and landed on the floor. So Fach listened to it, and was impressed. While playing the first song on the 7½ inch reel, "Gimme Your Money Please", Fach, who recalled his having told Bachman that he would listen to a demo if he sent one, phoned Bachman to inform him that he wanted to sign the band.