TAL Bachman, Adam Cohen and Eagle-Eye Cherry have plenty of reasons to thank their mothers on Sunday.

But each owes an equal, if not greater, amount of gratitude to their fathers, all musical giants from the 1960s.

Bachman, son of Randy Bachman of Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive fame, originally resisted his dad's attempts to steer him into a rock and roll career. He opted to study philosophy at a Utah university instead.

"I was stubborn, I guess," says Tal, who released his self-titled debut album in April. "It was clear that he didn't get it, but I'm not going to let that influence my decision to go to college. As it turned out, I'm really glad that I did go to school.

"After a few years down there it was like I got what I came for and I've gotta move on. Now it's time to rock!"

Bachman, a Winnipeg native who graduated from Semiahmoo secondary in White Rock, got his first big taste of rock and roll on the road in 1986 when BTO toured with Van Halen.

It was the first tour for new singer Sammy Hagar, but guitarist Eddie Van Halen was ailin'.

"My dad was never a drinker or into drugs," he said. "All (Van Halen) did was drink. Edward Van Halen said to me, personally, I am an alcoholic. This is years before he sobered up. They just drank and played rock and roll."

The next year, Bachman's father used some of his music industry connections to get backstage passes to U2's Joshua Tree tour concert at B.C. Place Stadium.

"Next thing I know, I was eating a sandwich next to Larry Mullen and talking to Bono. The conversation didn't last very long, but it was nice.

I've had the opportunity to meet a number of prominent musicians over the years, because of dad."

The younger Bachman is now on the cusp of becoming a prominent musician himself. His album was recorded a year ago on the Hawaiian island of Maui at producer Bob Rock's Plantation studio.

Though his father has an extensive collection of Gretsch guitars, Tal didn't use any for the sessions. "He's smart enough not to lend me any of the guitars he cares anything about, because I always end up dropping them and kicking them over by accident. For me to ask to borrow a guitar is (like) saying, 'can I break one of your guitars' I would never ask that."

Evidently, Tal Bachman listened more to his dad's collection of British Invasion pop than he did to the groups that father (Randy Bachman) actually played in himself (the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive).

The proof is in sonny boy's debut set "Tal Bachman" (Columbia), a honey pot of power pop swept up in yearning, McCartney-sweet vocals and equally gorgeous melody lines/arrangements. And all that's in service of heartstruck, romantically pining lyrics sure to appeal to teen-agers (of all ages).