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The Guess Who

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Winnipeg, Canada

The Guess Who is a band from Winnipeg, Manitoba that was one of the first Canadian groups to establish a major successful following both in their own country as well as abroad. In their late and early heyday, the guys took influence from late period bands as well as stuck alongside them on the charts. They were notably the first Canadian group to have a #1 hit in the United States thanks to the success of 1970’s “American Woman”.

The band evolved out of “Chad Allan and the Expressions” (often shortened to The Expressions), which was a group with a British Invasion feel fronted by Chad Allan and featuring guitarist Randy Bachman. Both of them had great potential as . After their cover of “Shakin’ All Over” sold well as a single, their record label released the band’s album with “Guess Who?” written on the cover, hoping to mislead unsuspecting buyers into thinking it was a British group. The name stuck, however, and from then on they were ‘The Guess Who’. The Who musician Pete Townshend later jokingly said that he allowed the Canadian group to take both their style and name, calling himself a fan.

Singer and keyboardist Burton Cummings joined upon Allan’s departure in 1966, and the band’s classic line-up was born. The guys mixed some -inspired sounds such as flute and electric piano playing into their sound, and they scored hits in Canada with tracks such as “These Eyes”, “Undun”, and “Laughing”.

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