Takin’ Care Of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on August 13th of 1977 Canada’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive, who had reached the Billboard Top 40 seven times since 1974, announce that they are splitting up. Their biggest hits included this song “Takin’ Care Of Business” (#12), “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (#1) and “Roll On Down The Highway” (#14). “Takin’ Care Of Business” was written by Randy Bachman, who also sang lead on the track. He explained to classicbands.com that he came up with the idea for the song in the late-’60s while he was still a member of The Guess Who. Bachman loved “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles, and he used that music to create a song about going to work called “White Collar Worker,” which needed a new hook to complete. The song lay dormant until Bachman formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive and were playing a show when lead singer Fred Turner’s voice gave out. Forced to sing for a set, Bachman told the band to “Play these three chords over and over – C, B flat, and F – endlessly and when I get to the hook, help me out.”Bachman was listening to C-Fox radio on the way to the club and heard the DJ say they were “Takin’ Care of Business,” which gave him the idea for the hook. Singing his lyrics to “White Collar Worker,” Bachman sang “Takin’ Care of Business” in the breakdown, and he had his song. The band captured the feel of jamming in the club by having Bachman sing it, which Turner appreciated since it would give his voice a rest at their shows. Bachman had a sore throat and a head cold when he recorded his vocals. This holds the record for largest guitar jam in history. On May 7, 1994, Bachman led 1,322 mostly-amateur guitarists in a performance of this that lasted 68 minutes. The event was held in Vancouver. The Guess Who played this on their 2000 reunion tour. Bachman was in The Guess Who before leaving to form Bachman-Turner Overdrive.