Answers to both Back-man and Bock-man, but uses the former.
Quintessential industry insider and raconteur on CBC’s Vinyl Tap. This last week’s theme is “Seven Word Titles (Part 2).”
Officer of the Order of Canada. Two-time inductee to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Recipient of Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Can’t read music, but has what he calls a “phonographic memory” – hear it, play it – and an honourary Doctorate of Music from Brandon University.
Marriages: two. Children: seven.
Born in 1943; still touring. We heard him in concert in Glendale AZ a few years ago.
You can enjoy Vinyl Tap episodes here.
You can listen to a 30-minute interview here.
You can enjoy these performances:
She’s Come Undone (live performance; Randy on guitar, Burton Cummings singing)
Takin’ Care of Business (album version; Randy playing and singing)
Now, I’m not an expert, but I’d say he’s a better guitarist and songwriter than singer. But if he were only a storyteller, I’d still consider him a national treasure.