The Guess Who
The Guess Who

The Guess Who

About The Guess Who

The Guess Who is an apt name for a group with lots of revolving members—and even more sounds. This is a band that balances the thrill of guitar-laced acid rock with a yearning to celebrate Burt Bacharach-style lounge numbers (1968's "These Eyes" and 1969's "Undun"). Formerly known as Chad Allan and the Expressions, the Canadian group hit pay dirt with a 1965 cover of UK garage rock classic "Shakin' All Over" that made kids want to spin donuts in Manitoba wheat fields. The band's label slapped "Guess Who?" on the record cover as a ploy to lure Beatles fans into giving them a listen, but when they became big, the name stuck. In 1966, founder Chad Allan was leaving just as keyboardist and vocalist Burton Cummings arrived, and for a while the hits flowed easy. Under Cummings, they felt right at home in jazz clubs, while Randy Bachman's guitar chops made them rock festival favorites too. "American Woman" (1970) has proven eternal as a guitar rave-up, spawning covers by Lenny Kravitz in 1999 and Kelly Clarkson in 2018. Bachman and Cummings left by the mid-'70s, but versions of The Guess Who spring up every few years, including the latest incarnation—featuring original drummer Garry Peterson and former Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo—which offered a sly nod to nostalgia on 2018's The Future is What It Used to Be.

  • ORIGIN
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • FORMED
    1962

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