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The Guess Who Biography


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Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Years Active: 1965–1975, 1977–present
Genres: Rock, Blues-rock, Garage Rock, Hard Rock


The Guess Who is a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition in Canada, they also found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. Several members of The Guess Who, notably Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman (of Bachman–Turner Overdrive), have also found considerable success outside the band.

Their album "Wheatfield Soul" was released in 1968, and included the ballad "These Eyes". This song, released in January 1969, became the group's first Top 10 US hit for their new label RCA Records. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA

By the beginning of the 1970s, The Guess Who had moved toward an edgier hard-rock sound with the album “American Woman,” the title track for which, "American Woman" (coupled with its B-side "No Sugar Tonight") was the group's only No. 1 hit in the U.S. "American Woman" also earned The Guess Who the honor of being the first Canadian group to have a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The Top Five US hit "No Time" preceded "American Woman" by about three months.

1975’s “Power in the Music” was the last album the band released before Burton Cummings left the group to become a solo artist and the group disbanded. The band was inducted into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987.