Burton Cummings of the Guess Who Recovering After a Serious Car Accident in Southern California

Burton Cummings of the Guess Who Recovering After a Serious Car Accident in Southern California

Last week, Burton Cummings, longtime vocalist of the Guess Who and accomplished solo artist, sustained a rather serious car accident in Southern California, and is currently resting and recuperating.

On his official Facebook page, Cummings shared the following note, which ends with a promise to spend more time away from social media in the future:

Currently recovering and healing from a very bad auto accident which happened on Sunday, Mother’s Day, about 5:40 pm. I was summoned to Los Angeles for jury duty beginning the week of May 7th and reported later that week. Due to the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff status right now, the judge was kind enough to dismiss me from a trial for which I had already been OFFICIALLY SELECTED as a juror a few days before the accident. It is a medical malpractice trial which will go on probably until basically the end of May. While I was still hoping to make it to Winnipeg to sing the anthems at a later game if they asked, I explained my situation to the judge and the very day the trial was beginning, he was kind enough to dismiss me…on one condition…that I sing the Star Spangled Banner right there in the courtroom in front of his honour, the jurors, the lawyers, and both the plaintiff and the defendant. Having had a malpractice nightmare personally some years ago with my throat situation, I didn’t feel proper to be participating in a medical malpractice trial, but that alone did not dismiss me. The judge basically did me a huge favour. Sunday afternoon, I was on my way to Fry’s Electronics on Canoga and I was hit by a guy who ran right through a red light. My car is totalled. I suffered a concussion as my head cracked my front windshield. Yes, I was wearing my seatbelt. I have cuts and serious bruising on both arms, and my left leg is very painful. Also, intense back pain. I need some serious healing time and won’t be able to fly right away. Now, unless the jets continue on for a while and they ask me to, I might not be able to make it to Winnipeg to sing the anthems and cheer the Jets onward. I’ve followed their rise to the semi finals with great joy and pride. This accident has come at an extremely bad time for me…for more than just one reason.

With my current pain and aftershock nervousness I’m in no condition to deal with all the venom here on line. It would be crushing at the best of times, but right now, in the condition in which I find myself, it’s just impossible to deal with. I’m through with social media for the most part. After a while it becomes a pissing contest, a race for the inside track, and basically it’s all disgusting. For years I truly enjoyed the “late night ramblings” and communicating with followers all over the world. I enjoyed the 3D photo library, telling the stories of the early days, the “biology classes” concerning some of Earth’s strangest creatures, the poetry postings and all the rest of it…now, in May of 2018, the joy has been painfully extracted from all of that…it only takes a few poison people to ruin things for a lot of nice folks…and that’s precisely what has happened.

Some people have their own idea of what my personal life should be, and in their convoluted agendas, I’m all wrong in the way I’m living. 
All of this is not even worth dwelling on for too long…the responsible people are not worth my keystrokes…they know who they are personally, one by one, and for the most part, many of the so-called “faithful” (should) know who they are…

I’m in a lot of physical pain today. I’m trying to focus on just how lucky I am not to have been killed or crippled. My hands and throat are basically okay, although I would be in no condition to do a show right now. No glass hit my eyes, but the concussion was quite serious. My head is quite swollen, as is my left elbow…both arms have many cuts and bruises…

I’m thankful to the Gods and the Universe that this idiot hit me where he did, and I’m also incredibly grateful that I had decided not to take 2 and Mickey out with me for a car ride…The worst thing these last two nights has been that my mind has been “reliving the crash”…that sound and fear and unexpected horror…I was unconscious for a few seconds before I came to and was fortunately able to get out of the car myself. It’s totaled…it looks like a piece of crumpled up foolscap that you would toss into the garbage. I’ve always been extremely wary of shrinks and therapists, but now, at 70, after this accident, I know I might have to get some help getting over the shock…that’s the worst part right now…trying to keep telling myself that I’m okay…my mind keeps reliving the awful crash…the terror and the sound.

I won’t be around here much anymore for obvious reasons that are largely self explanatory. Any good thoughts of healing and peace that could be sent my way right now would be infinitely appreciated.
As for everything else, as the old cliche says 
“it is what it is”…
Peace and calm,
Burton Cummings

Best wishes on your recovery, Burton.

11 Responses to "Burton Cummings of the Guess Who Recovering After a Serious Car Accident in Southern California"

  1. Barbara Brinkmeyer   May 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Sending healing strength to you, Dear Heart. Dr. Craig Malkin, Harvard Psychologist at You Tube may be able to assist you with healing CPTSD. He specializes in those who are NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disordered … who wreak major havok on lives intersecting or directly touching the lives of others due to severe psychological impairment). It’s possible that an alcoholic hit you. You may also require juicing and vitamin therapy in order to cope, and you may require access to therapies involving massage and skeletal realignment (possibly acquired through chiropratic crre/water therapies/cold therapy/and energetic healing; see Dawn Clark, Gifts For The Soul, Amazon. Her work clears unseen (trapped) trauma, which fractures the soul as a result of any car accident).

  2. anthony d. tang   May 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    oh no, why?!!

  3. Thomas Filip   May 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Best wishes, BC. I used to live 2 miles from that Fry’s.

  4. Jon Lovold   May 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Burton, Godspeed on your recovery. So sorry this has happened to one of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters of the 60’s -70’s.
    My sincere wish for you is that you will someday, hopefully soon, be able to put this behind you and go on living your life without pain and without PTSD.

    Let the Talisman grace your hand.

    God Bless, and get well soon!

  5. DENIEL EDWARDS   May 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm


  6. Patti   May 25, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way! Hope you are feeling much better soon! Been a fan since the beginning. Tried to get the movie “Melanie” you were in many moons ago but it is hard to come by. Take care….

  7. Steve Shortridge   May 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Our Time here is fleeting Burton, as you well know. You heal & do what’s important for you! All of us who only know you from your Musical & online presence will catch you whenever we get the opportunities. A True fan only wishes you peace, Love & contentment & that’s what we all wish for you. Heal Well Brother
    Peace, Steve in Columbus, Ohio

  8. Bill Stewart   May 26, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Burton… I have thought since the 70’s you have one of the top three voices in rock n roll. ..period. Sad to hear u were hurt… very glad ur voice n hands still have their magical powers.
    I have found that really heavy life events like u just lived are an explosion of energy for ur muse. When it arrives… use it and work ur wonder. The 70’s r peaking anew…. and the darker experiences r just what all our souls r thirsty for….
    Go there with ur muse…
    “Where’d u get the gun John?”
    Bring us your heavy again.
    Love n get well thought from a Pegger on Sherburn St.

  9. Joe   May 26, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Get better both physically and mentally. You have made all of our lives better with the healing power of music. I hope you find peace and health.

  10. Bruno Gagne   June 25, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Burton I’m French Canadian I listened to you when I was ten years old. I didn’t know English but loved your style and voice today I live in Connecticut and had the privilege to sit in front of you at the Ridgefield playhouse in Connecticut. My wife bought me tickets to see you. I had tears in my eyes and total Joy in my heart. Thanks for the memories and for a kid that never grew up. I hope to see and hear you again soon. May God and the Holy spirit be with you in this time of recovery. Take care my idol.

  11. John Zubal   October 29, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Burton, So sorry to hear about your accident. Hopefully by now you are doing better.
    I thought of you Saturday night when was going through my CD’s and found
    Live a the Paramount, we played it and loved every minute. Such a fantastic album One the first records I ever purchased at 15 was a Runnin back to Saskatoon. You guys were
    pioneers of that era. I always thought other bands were influenced by your singing and writing
    ability. Hangin around Libraries, learnin about words; Phases.
    All the best to you and your family.


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