The Guess Who performs “Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon." From You Tube.
The Bachman/Cummings ballad 'These Eyes,' recorded for Nimbus 9 Productions and released by RCA (see BMG Music Canada Inc), was a million-selling single in 1969. In 1970 Bachman left the group, but despite several lineup changes The Guess Who continued to release successful singles and albums. Cummings launched a solo career with Portrait Records in America in 1976. Over 20 singles from 1969 to 1976, such as 'Laughing' and 'American Woman,' were million sellers, and 'Undun,' 'No Time,' 'No Sugar Tonight,' 'Hand Me Down World,' 'Share the Land,' 'Albert Flasher,' 'Rain Dance,' 'Star Baby,' 'Clap for the Wolfman,' and 'Dancin' Fool' were substantial international hits. The band won Juno Awards as the best vocal-instrumental group in 1965 and annually 1967-70. 'These Eyes' brought Jack Richardson a Juno in 1968 for best-produced single.
In its heyday, during which Cummings emerged as the band's central personality and major songwriter, The Guess Who underwent several personnel changes: Bachman (later to form Brave Belt with Chad Allan, and then BTO) was replaced in 1970 by the guitarists Kurt Winter (b 2 Apr 1946, d 14 Dec 1997) and Greg Leskiw; Leskiw was replaced in 1972 by Don McDougall, Kale in 1972 by Bill Wallace, and Winter and McDougall in 1974 by Dom Troiano.
The band toured extensively 1969-75 throughout North America and appeared in New Zealand and Australia in 1973. It performed at the White House in Washington, DC, in 1970 and gave a royal command performance in London in 1973. Canadian appearances included annual concerts 1971-5 before audiences of up to 20,000 at the CNE. The band, as led by Cummings, gave its 'final' concert 13 Sep 1975 at the Montreal Forum.
Cummings and Bachman reunited for concerts and CBC and PBS (USA) TV appearances in 1977 and again for concerts in 1987. Under Kale's direction a reconstituted Guess Who began touring and recording in 1978 and continued with ongoing changes in personnel through the 1980s, completing LPs for the Aquarius and El Mo labels. Despite pursuing solo careers, Cummings, Bachman, Kale and Peterson reassembled for national tours in 1983 and 1985, and in 1999 they reunited to perform at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. The band then embarked on a national tour in 2000 that was followed by a live double-CD.
The Guess Who were inducted into the Canadian Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) Hall of Fame during the 1987 Juno Awards, and in 2001 members of The Guess Who were awarded doctorates from the University of Brandon (Manitoba). Also in 2001, they were inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto and in 2002 received the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards and were the first artists to be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, an honour normally reserved for music industry executives. Cummings and Bachman were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hey Ho (What You Do to Me). 1966. Quality Records Ltd. Qual V-1764
It's Time. 1966. Quality Records Ltd. Qual V-1988
The Guess Who? Super Golden Goodies. 1968. Quality Records Ltd.
Wheatfield Soul. 1968. RCA /Nimbus 9. LSP-4141
Super Golden Goodies. 1969. Quality Records Ltd. Qual SV-1827
Canned Wheat Packed by the Guess Who. 1969. (2000 re-issued) RCA/Nimbus 9. LSP-4157
Born In Canada. 1969. RCA/Nimbus 9.
American Woman. 1969. (2000 re-issued 30th anniversary edition) (RCA/BMG) RCA/Nimbus 9. LSP-4266
Share the Land. 1970. (2000 re-issued) RCA/Nimbus 9. RCA LSP-4359
The Way They Were. 1970 (1976). RCA APL1-1778
Guess Who Play The Guess Who. 1971. RCA.
Best of the Guess Who, vol 1. (1971). RCA LSPX-1004/RCA AYL1-3662
So Long, Bannatyne. 1971. RCA LSP-4574
Rockin '. 1971. RCA LSP-4602
Live at the Paramount. 1972. (2000) RCA LSPX-4779
The History of The Guess Who. 1972. RCA.
Rockin'. 1972. RCA.
Wild One. 1972. RCA.
Artificial Paradise. 1972. RCA LSP-4830
Number Ten. 1973. RCA APLI-0130
Best of the Guess Who. Vol II. 1973. RCA APL1-0269
Superpak. 1973. RCA.
Road Food. 1974. RCA APL1-0405
Flavours. 1974. RCA APL1-0636
Power in the Music. 1975. RCA APL1-0995
The Way They Were. 1976. RCA.
The Greatest of the Guess Who. 1977. RCA CPL1-2253
Guess Who's Back. 1978. Aquarius AQ-5072
All This for a Song. 1978. Aquarius AQR-522
Now and Not Then. 1981. El Mo 761
Together Again, 1983, Ready LR 049
Reunion. 1983. 2-Quality Records Ltd. RSP-116
K-Tel Presents the Guess Who - 20 Original Hits. 1985.
The Best Of The Guess Who Live. 1986.
Track Record: The Guess Who Collection. (1988). BMG 2-KXL2-7115
The Lonely One. 1995. fre/EMI.
The Guess Who: The Ultimate Collection. 1997. BMG.
Razor's Edge. (independent) 1997.
The Spirit Lives On (Greatest Hits Live). 1998. J-Bird Records
Down The Road (Live). 1999.
The Guess Who: Greatest Hits. 1999.
Runnin' Back Through Canada. Shillelagh Music. 2000.
This Time Long Ago. 2001.
Platinum & Gold Collection: The Guess Who. 2003.
The Guess Who: Anthology. 2003.
Wheatfield Soul/Artificial Paradise (Remastered, The Guess Who x2). 2004.
The Best of Running Back Thru Canada. 2004.
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Allan, Chad. 'Randy Bachman,' MSc, 245, Jan-Feb 1969
Batten, Jack. 'Here it is, the big noise in bubblegum music, Canada's richest and raunchiest band, The Guess Who,' Maclean's, Jun 1971
Yorke, Ritchie. 'The giant's awakening,' Axes, Chops & Hot Licks (Edmonton 1971)
McRae, Earl. 'Coming home is great,' Canadian Magazine, 3 Jun 1972
Melhuish, Martin. 'Rock and roll band,' Bachman-Turner Overdrive (Toronto 1976)
Fraser, Matthew. 'Guess Who's happy Guess Who's coming home?' Toronto Globe and Mail, 27 Jun 1983
Einarson, John. Shakin' All Over: The Winnipeg Sixties Rock Scene (Winnipeg 1987)
Harrison, Tom. 'The Guess Who: the ballad of the last 25 years,' CanMus, vol 10, Feb, Apr 1988
Einarson, John. American Woman: The Story of the Guess Who (Kingston 1995)
Elliott, Robin. 'The Guess Who and the "stigma of being Canadian",' Music in Canada/La Musique au Canada: A Collection of Essays, ed Guido Bimberg (Bochum 1997)
Cummings, Burton and Jack Richardson. CD liner notes for Track Record: The Guess Who Collection (RCA 2-KXL2 7115)
Links to Other Sites
The website for legendary Canadian rocker Randy Bachman. Check out his biography, discography, and a great selection of videos.
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
The website for SOCAN, the Canadian copyright collective for composers, authors and publishers. Check out "SOCAN Interactive" for videos and audio clips of Canadian performers. Also see the latest news about SOCAN award winners and events, online articles about the Canadian music scene, and much more.
Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship
The website for the Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship, named in honour of acclaimed Canadian guitarist Domenic Troiano. Features a biography of Troiano and brief profiles of the scholarship trustees.
A profile of the acclaimed record producer Jack Richardson. From the website for the Jack Richardson Music Awards.
Mix: Jack Richardson
A feature article on award-winning producer Jack Richardson. From the publication "Mix."
The CanCon Atlas
An interactive map depicting some of the Canadian places celebrated in song. Click on the map icons around the country to view music videos by a cross-section of Canadian musicians. From the CBC website.
The Guess Who perform their hit song “American Woman” on The Midnight Special TV show. From YouTube.
The rock band “Guess Who” perform their 1968 hit “These Eyes”. From YouTube.