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                Guess Who 1977
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THE G
UESS WHO

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THE EARLY YEARS

THE CRESCENDOS

THE FIFTH

BROTHER

DIANNE HEATHERINGTON & THE MERRY-GO-ROUND

ALAN SCHICK

PAPA PLUTO

BURTON CUMMINGS

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YOGI & FRIENDS

THE WALSH TWINS

GUNS 4 HIRE

FREELANCE WORK
The Guess Who's roots go way back to the mid-1950s, when Chad Allan (aka Allan Kowbel formed a band called Allan and The Silvertones.  By 1958, the nucleus of The Guess Who had come together.
  • Chad Allan – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Randy Bachman – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Kale – bass, backing vocals
  • Garry Peterson – drums
  • Bob Ashley – keyboards, backing vocals
This line-up remained unchanged for 7 years, during which time 3 albums were recorded and a steady stream of singles were released.

In 1962, the band changed their name to Chad Allan and The Reflections and released their first two singles - I Just Didn't Have the Heart and Tribute to Buddy Holly.  Signing with Quality records in 1963, another name change took place, this time to Chad Allan and Reflections.  1965 saw two albums recorded - Shakin' All Over and Hey Ho.  These two records show the first use of their final name - The Guess Who.

With the release of Shakin' All Over (the single) on January 16, 1965, the band had established itself as both a local and national success becoming Canada's first supergroup.  Not only did the song reach #1 on the RPM singles chart, surpassing The Beatles' tune Eight Days a Week, it also charted in the top ten right across all of Canada.  And then Scepter Records out of New York, took notice.

By June 1965, Shakin' All Over was #22 on the billboard charts after 11 weeks.  American tour dates started coming in, all long the eastern seaboard right down to Florida.  Bob Ashley chose to leave the band in December 1965 and Burton Cummings was hired for keyboards and backup vocals.  By mid-1966, Chad Allan, too, had left the band.  With the departure of Randy Bachman in May 1970, personnel changes became synonymous with The Guess Who name over the next 5 years.

June 24, 1972:  Jim Kale leaves the band.  Rumours abound that Garry Peterson will soon follow Jim.  YOUTHBEAT ARTICLE as published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

September 14, 1975: Winnipeg's Guess Who played their final gig at the Montreal Forum at the conclusion of a tour. 
Burton made the decision to embark on a solo career.

After a two-year hiatus, The Guess Who came back together to play a CBC radio show. 

"Last November (1977) a friend (Bill Iveniuk) got Donny, Kurt, Gary Peterson and myself together for a one-shot studio session for a CBC radio show.  You know, the old Guess Who back together, so we had some rehearsals and did the session and even though it wasn't very good it was better than the music any of us were making separately so we decided to go ahead with playing together."  -- JIM KALE, JANUARY 31, 1978 as published in the Winnipeg Free Press

Gary Peterson, the original drummer, opted out of the reunion plan and was replaced by Vance Masters, who had spent the summer and fall of 1977 touring with Burton Cummings.  The four musicians embarked on a joint venture, with Donnie ably filling the shoes of the former lead singer. 

 
Donnie bore a passing resemblance to Burton and with his powerful vocals, most outside of Winnipeg were not even aware that Burton had been replaced.  All 4 members of the new line-up were directly connected to the original band.  Jim was a founding member having been with the band since 1962.  Donnie and Kurt toured and wrote with band from 1970 through to 1974.  And Vance was the co-writer of several songs such as Bus Rider, Hand Me Down World, Heaven Only Moved, Bye Bye Babe, All Hashed Out, Don't You Want to Rain Dance
For extra guitar punch, David Inglis was enlisted.  The result was the album Guess Who's Back.

After twelve solid months on the road, the group, down to a quartet after Kurt dropped out for health reasons, went into the studio to work on their second album, All This For a Song.  Midway through the project, they co-opted recording engineer Ralph Watts to play guitar.
 

Through the next 3 years, the band toured cross-Canada and in the States, with a steady stream of bookings.



November 1978 Interview with Jim Kale
This interview was part of the press/promo package that accompanied
the release of the All This For a Song album.




Original Members of The Guess Who 1965
Original Members of The Guess Who 1965

L-R back row: Randy Bachman, Bob Ashley
L-R front row: Garry Peterson, Chad Allan,
Jim Kale

Concert Ticket 1965 or 1966
Concert Ticket 1965 or 1966
(Photo courtesy of Jerry Olenko)

Photo Shoot for All This For a
                                Song
Photo shoot for the
All This for a Song album

L-R back row: Charlie Rugles, Roy Love
L-R middle row:  Buddy Kirby, Dave Perich, Ralph "Bennelli" Dutkiewich, Vance Masters, Jim Kale, Donnie McDougall
Crouched on the floor:  Dave Inglis





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