Another Great Canadian Moment with one of the Country’s Greatest Bands – The Guess Who
A Brief One by Doug Draper
Posted July 1st, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Once upon a time, in the late 1960s and running right through the mid to late 1970s, one of the most popular bands in Canada and the world was one from Winnipeg, Manitoba called The Guess Who.
Songs like ‘These Eyes’, ‘Laughing’, ‘No Time’ and ‘American Woman’ (that one going right up to Number One on the U.S. Billboard charts 50 years ago this spring) set them on the path to selling millions of records.
And their appearances at the CNE in Toronto each year, always beginning with a giant Canadian flag lowering behind them as they tore into their first song, drew almost defeaning cheers those fortunate to get tickets for those sold-out shows. Some of you may have been there for one of those.
In the year 2000, most of the original Guess Who members, including Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, re-united for a celebrated tour across the country called Running Back Thru Canada.
Click on the screen immediately below to watch a particularly dramatic moment during that tour when a massive home audience in Winnipeg and the band braved a violent lightning storm to begin the show with one of the group’s hit songs; ‘Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon’ –
Niagara At Large is soon going to try to get a petition going on this site to finally get The Guess Who inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their induction is LONG OVERDUE!
Stay Tuned for that.
Happy Canada Day. Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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