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Vintage Video #1's: Bachman-Turner Overdrive Have First Number 1 With "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"

by VVN Music

In mid-1970, Randy Bachman left the Guess Who after running into problems with lead singer Burton Cummings, supposedly over his Mormon religion and the strains of constant touring.

Randy went into the studio and recorded the solo album, Axe, followed by forming the band Brave Belt with another former Guess Who member, Chad Allan. Their first album was closer to country-rock than rock n' roll but, after Fred Turner joined the lineup, they made their sound more heavy leading to Allan's departure.

In 1973, they signed with Mercury Records and changed their name to Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Their first, self titled album, didn't produce much in the way of hits but their second, appropriately titled Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, contained "Let It Ride" (1974 / #23) and "Takin' Care of Business" (1974 / #12).

Then came Not Fragile and the first single, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", which went to the top of the charts on this day 33 years ago (November 9, 1974). The song, written by Bachman, started as an instrumental inspired by Dave Mason with Randy adding lyrics on a whim. Never really initially intended for the album, the band used it to test out the microphones and amplifiers in the studio while recording Not Fragile.

It wasn't until a Mercury Records executive criticized the album for not having a strong single that the "work track" became part of the album. Of course, the executive would be proven wrong when a second single, "Roll on Down the Highway" (1975 / #14) also made the top twenty.

In the U.S., "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" would end up being Bachman-Turner Overdrives only top ten records although they would rack up six in their native Canada including a second chart topper with "Hey You".

The top five singles on November 9, 1974:
  1. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  2. Jazzman - Carole King
  3. Whatever Gets You Through the Night - John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
  4. Tin Man - America
  5. Back Home Again - John Denver