Thursday, July 7, 2011

Guess Who Songs Prevail

I just heard No Time by the Guess Who again. What a great song--and it's just one of several that were big hits for the Canadian band from Winnipeg in the late 1960s and early 1970's.

I went and read a bit more about them on Wikipedia. The band actually formed in 1960, and didn't have big success until 1969, with These Eyes. How's that for patience? The odd name came from a marketing campaign that was trying to create buzz. The group's real name at the time? Chad Allan and the Expressions.

It's Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman that are the guys that are most associated with the group, which broke up in 1975. Interestingly, those two are out touring together again (as Bachman-Cummings), and the Guess Who have had some successful reunions over the years.

But it's those solid songs that live on. American Woman, No Sugar Tonight, Share the Land, Undun (the story of this mispelling is a riot. Apparently the guy taping the session wrote it down this way and they kept it). All these songs are happy moments on oldies radio.

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