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The Guess Who

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Winnipeg, Canada

The Guess Who is a music band from Winnipeg, Manitoba that was one of the first Canadian groups to establish a major successful following in their own country as well as abroad in the late and early , taking influence from late period bands as well as sitting alongside them on charts. They were the first Canadian rock group to have a No.1 hit in the United States (“American Woman”, in 1970) as well.

The band evolved out of Chad Allan and the Expressions (also shortened to The Expressions), a British Invasion styled band fronted by Chad Allan and featuring guitarist Randy Bachman, both of them . After their cover of “Shakin’ All Over” sold well as a single, their record label released their album with “Guess Who?” written on the cover, hoping to mislead unsuspecting buyers into thinking it was a British band. 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/keyboardist Burton Cummings joined upon Allan’s departure in 1966, and the band’s classic partnership was born. They mixed some -inspired sounds like flute and electric piano into their sound, and they scored hits in Canada with tracks “These Eyes”, “Undun”, and “Laughing”. But it was when they turned to with American Woman (the third album with the Bachman/Cummings lineup) that they broke through in the U.

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