Originally called Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba that enjoyed a string of hit albums and singles in the 1970s.
The precursor to BTO was the band Brave Belt, formed in 1970 by Randy Bachman-guitar and Chad Allan-keyboards/vocals (both of The Guess Who), Robbie Bachman-drums and C.F. "Fred" Turner-bass/vocals. An original plan included Keith Emerson of The Nice, though he was dropped due to illness. After two moderately successful Brave Belt albums, Allan was replaced by Tim Bachman, the third of the Bachman brothers, and the band changed its name to Bachman-Turner. Shortly afterward, Randy noticed a copy of a trucker's mazagine called Overdrive in a roadside restaurant, and the name Bachman-Turner Overdrive was born.
BTO released their eponymous self-titled first album in the spring of 1973. The album broke through in the US via border towns such as Detroit and Buffalo, but failed to produce a hit single.
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