A Canadian rock band with a mysterious name The Guess Who came from Winnipeg, Manitoba and became successful in the late 1960s. They had many hit singles including “No Time”, “American Woman”, “These Eyes”, and “Share the Lane”. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987.
Together, The Guess Who were Chad Allen vocals and guitar, Bob Ashley keyboard, Randy Bachman guitar, Jim Kale bass, and Garry Peterson drums. In the beginning, they used to be called Chad Allen and the Reflections. Their debut single was titled “Tribute to Buddy Holly” and was released in 1962.
Their first hit came in 1965 with “Shakin’ All Over” and it hit number one in Canada. Quality Records wanted to create a sensation for this band and simply said this song was sung by The Guess Who and in the end, the name stuck.
Other singles released were “Clock on the Wall” and “His Girl”. They had to struggle for stardom and in late 1967 they became the house band on the TV show Let’s Go which was a show for teenagers. Their album Wheatfield Soul included a successful ballad “These Eyes” and the song became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. and went on to sell over a million copies. Later this single won a Gold disc.
. By the time the 1970s rolled in The Guess Who had moved over to a more hard-rock kind of sound and came out with the album American Woman. From the album, the title song “American Woman” reached number one in the U.S.
At the beginning of the 1970s The Guess Who came out with more hits which included “Hand Me Down World”, “Share the Land”, “Hang On to Your Life”, “Albert Flasher”, and “Rain Dance”. In 1972 they came out with a highly acclaimed album titled “Live at the Paramount” which was recorded at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
Afterward, they went on an overseas tour with Three Dog Night to Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. Their last hit was released to honor disc jockey Wolfman Jack and was called “Clap for the Wolfman”. They officially broke up in October of 1975.
They reformed with different band members in 1978 and came out with the album Guess Who’s Back. The album didn’t sell as expected and they tried once more in 1987 creating the studio album Liberty. This album included songs like “Sweet Liberty” and “Haunted Heart”.
Then in May of 1997, they came together in their hometown of Winnipeg playing a fundraiser for disaster relief due to the potentially disastrous flood which had taken cities south of the border. In 2001 The Guess Who received honorary doctorates from the Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. They performed in front of an audience of 450,000 at the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto SARS benefit concert in 2003. From 2004 onwards they continue to tour performing before enthusiastic fans with their present lineup of Derek Sharp vocals and guitar, Laurie MacKenzie guitar, Leonard Shaw keyboard, Jim Kale bass, and Garry Peterson drums.