The rest is just gobledey gook, war machines and ghetto scenes? Wasn’t the flip side of that single a song called “Broken”? That was back in 1969 with Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Byrds, The Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and The Mothers, Alice Cooper, Bo Didley, Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina, The Chicago Transit Authority. And then I hopped around a lot with Ringo, from France to Belgium to…? That was Greg Leskiw, we called him “The Roast Beef” for some strange reason I can’t remember. There was a huge air force base in Grand Forks North Dakota, about 130 miles south of Winnipeg, just across the American border. They say that when The Beatles were in Hamburg they would play for something like eight hours a night, and I believe it. I was scared! They just got another lead singer in the past few weeks, I think it’s about the 37th one they’ve had…. Check out our new album out now! That’s what it fell into towards the end. It was followed up by the hit " Laughing ", which recorded a million radio plays, again written by Cummings and Bachman. The only thing I regret is not leaving the group two years earlier. It was never a put down, that’s a myth. I’ve done four or five of them and it’s tough, but I get exactly what I want. People had had just about enough. I’ve seen you play live, you play keyboards, flute, harmonica, and guitar. With Troiano it was always all business, with Bachman it was always all business. 1 in the US, despite the fact that it was not about a woman but about the United States' militaristic ways and societal problems. Some may argue that there were plenty of other acts to come out of the north; Buffalo Springfield had Neil Young, Dylan had The Band, and countless others had made their mark. Even Wikipedia calls it a “communalist anthem”. Here it is again, I hear how he “left the band…”. I think he wrote us fairly well into that movie. We went back to Winnipeg and got Greg and Kurt. The roots of The Guess Who can be traced back to the late 1950s, when singer, Allan Kowbell led the group as The Silvertones. His first band was a local Winnipeg R&B group The Deverons, with an 'E', (not to be confused with the band The Devrons who had Country/R&B hits in the early 60's such as "Brand X", "Battle Him", "Lost Love", "Too Little Too Late", "You're too Ugly to be Stupid"). You can write a love song in 1890 and do a version of it in 1960 it’s still okay, but it’s the non-love songs that get corny after a while. I wasn’t even thirty years old yet, and it was enough already with The Guess Who. Did he have a hand in this? About These Eyes "These Eyes" is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. I never cared much for that song; it was mostly Kurt’s song. Was the payoff more lucrative? The funny thing is that when you listen to a Keith Richards solo album and then a Mick Jagger solo album, the difference is un-fucking-believable. One time when we were in Hilo on the big island in Hawaii, Kurt and I took acid and went out in the jungle. You can’t believe some of the shit that he said. The thing that made The Guess Who so special is that unlike most others, the band stayed put in their country of birth, they put out a staggering stream of hit singles, and they did it all from within Canada. Did you ever meet him? It was unbelievable how many people they had performing at this thing, and how many people were in attendance. Yes, we were around at a very pivotal time for the Canadian recording industry, and we made a lot of noise, enough for that law to be infused. They had a private train that took us in, it was the only way to get anywhere near it. The song was much slower when he brought it to us, and I always loved the riff. In the 1950’s, Canada’s youth watched with rapt attention while Elvis burned up the charts and drove teens wild. I remember us playing this one show in Honolulu where Aerosmith went on before us, and Wolfman Jack emceed the whole thing. You see what that Canadian Content ruling did? Do you spend a lot of time on social media interacting with your fans? It just happened as a jam. Growing up in Winnipeg, we had three AM stations in the 50’s and 60’s all competing for the audience. I thought that once Randy was gone and Kurt came in it was more like a band. Kurt’s singing, Greg’s singing, Peterson’s singing, and I’m singing. We sat together one night for one of those Juno awards. How did Jim Kale end up owning the rights to the name? In 1970, the band hit No. You hear all the time about the Beatles doing this, and performing in The Cavern Club. The Guess Who, or at least the former lead singer of the Canadian band comes to Las Vegas for a two-night show next month. Was it? What happens is the management, and the booking agents, and the promoters see a money machine, and they want to keep it going. So the other guys just wanted to keep The Guess Who going strictly for the money? I was absolutely devastated when my girlfriend married that lawyer. I was stoned at the time; I had smoked a little before the interview and when I looked down, I thought, “what a great name for a song!”. It was even better. “Rain Dance.” We’re going to bring that back because we finally have enough guys to do the chant. I’ve read that a lot of people think this song is about a drug overdose. “Takin’ Care of Business”, and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, on that he’s OK. It may be tempting to the average listener to dismiss that statement out of hand, but if you consider that in 1970 The Guess Who outsold The Beatles, they are a group to be reckoned with. I’ve always wondered about the song “Heartbroken Bopper,” it sounds a lot like “Last Child” by Aerosmith. Hang on to your life. Cummings teamed with guitarist-singer Randy Bachman to become one of the most prolific and popular songwriting duos of the era, churning out classic songs such as “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time,” “No Sugar Tonight,” and “ American Woman” (the first song by a Canadian band to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) before Bachman’s departure in May 1970. No, I haven’t heard it. The album is titled Jukebox and covers various songs from the 1960s that influenced Bachman and Cummings. “Star Baby” was about a specific female singer that had a bit of a tryst with one of our roadies, and I wrote that through his eyes, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. I’ve said it endlessly over the years; I speak in metaphors. This guy was 81 years old, and we all scampered up a hill for the photo shoot, and he beat us to the top. For a while, Bruce Decker from the Deverons was with us, but Randy decided he just wasn’t good enough, so Randy forced me to become a rhythm guitar player as well. “Do you miss me darling” was Kurt’s hook, but I had the “what good is it, if I can’t even sing it to you” part kicking around for a while. We played with The Stones at the SARS festival. No, they had a song they were working on called “Clap For Napoleon” and it was all about the CB radio craze, which was the really popular thing of that time. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones. We close our shows with that song now. Excuse me boys, have you got something better? By the time the album “Number 10” came around in 1973 I was fucking exhausted. "With God on Our Side" is a cover of the famous Bob Dylan song. Wheatfield Soul, while not a major success, is still a favorite among the band's fan base. I dialed that up, and the one just previous to it had this whole stanza about “the dust of death”, and I thought, this is meant to be. He was a great help to the artistic community. At one point, one out of every two records sold in Canada was a Guess Who record! Over the years, the band had a few lineup changes, but the one constant has always been Burton Cummings. “These Eyes” and “Laughing” aren’t about real people. What’s weird is that offers are starting to be talked about for Canada’s 150th anniversary. His Dream of A Child album released in 1978 was the biggest Canadian album in history at that time. Eventually I got control of all the songs from The Guess Who days, they’re all in Shillelagh Music now. I’m certainly willing to call myself a fan of other artists, but I don’t like to call them fans because I would rather talk with somebody than at somebody. Was that the biggest award for you because it’s you as a solo artist? Was that one of the biggest concerts you’d ever played? I think the best songs happen that way. Hmmm. The Guess Who emerged from a series of Winnipeg bands fronted by lead singer Chad Allan. What about as a solo artist? No, Kale got hold of it, and then he sold half the rights to Peterson for a dollar. What was that about? Yeah, I worked in the mail department there doing a job that you could train a pigeon to do. Once you’ve got a riff going, you know? We’d been touring the states and the girls grew up fast and they wore more makeup at an earlier age. Let’s sail back”, not even thinking that the North Atlantic in December was probably the worst place in the world to be. Whether as lead singer and songwriter with the Guess Who or on his own, Burton Cummings has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history. With these three stations competing with each other in a city of 500,000 people, the radio was just on fire, and we were hearing things that they just were not hearing in the rest of Canada. I haven’t talked to him much for a while. Just bullshit really. It was Kale and Peterson and me and Randy. Greg Leskiw doing country. In 2000, Cummings, Bachman and original drummer Garry Peterson toured as The Guess Who. I bet you’ve seen a lot of changes take place in the recording process over the years. There was no Christopher or an astronomer, those were just words I chose to rhyme with “Where’d you get the gun John.” John was my next door neighbor and one day I went over and he was sitting on the steps cleaning his rifle. It basically kept my music on the air and was responsible for me getting more airplay than anyone else in the history of the country.That law helped create the Canadian recording industry. I don’t think Kale was singing, we started realizing that Kale’s voice wasn’t really strong. Peterson flew sick one time and almost blew out his eardrums and rather than get sued, we went and did the gig. Well, don’t forget that the biggest single album of The Guess Who’s career was Share The Land, which was the album that had the Chief of the American Cherokees on the cover. I did all the singing, and we drove to every gig, set up our own stuff, and tore down after the gig, and drove back to that same hotel. There were three bags of mail, and my job was to tell people that it didn’t matter which bag they put the mail in. The hunters were allowed to bring their rifles onto the commercial planes back then. Cummings' first new studio album in 17 years, since Plus Signs was released on June 12, 2007 as a Bachman & Cummings album. Randy already had two kids with a third one on the way, and he’s singing about love affairs? We were very lucky. Every country has its own seminal band or artist that everyone can look to, lift up, and point to as that which represents their particular nation. You could hear it for hundreds of miles away in the winter when it was cold. No matter how late I’d been up I’d get up Sunday mornings, and they would have HITS AROUND THE WORLD! This marked the first time a Canadian act reached No. The song was co-written by the group's lead guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings and originally included on the band's 1969 album Wheatfield Soul. Mostly African Americans enlisted there. Maybe it’s because of the Internet, I don’t know. I think it was. And there’s a big sign on the wall that says “NO PROFESSIONALS”. You’ve mentioned that your mother was very supportive of you throughout your career; what were her thoughts on you being one of the most prolific songwriters to come out of Canada? I mean, what the hell was I singing? The riff is from a group called “Brother” that Kurt was in before he joined us. ... Good ' History ' From The Guess Who. So that became “Live At The Paramount” instead. I just had a little band, and we were doing OK. She didn’t freak out when I left school. Any grade two guy could do that. The live version of “American Woman,” what’s with “watcha gonna do when the roast beef’s gone”? I like the harmonies too, I was always a harmony guy. Burton Cummings and the Guess Who gave Canadians what it had longed for, for decades; a seat at the big table. See? Available at iTunes, amazon, spotify, bandcamp and old fashion CD with digital booklet limited edition. We hopped around the world. I wanted to quote the 23rd psalm, “the lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. Britain has The Beatles and The Stones, the U.S.A. has Elvis and Sinatra, and Canada has The Guess Who. Those guys who call themselves “The Guess Who” are just a karaoke band. See more ideas about The guess who, Guess, Burton cummings. You know, a love song can last forever. The song was included on the band’s 1969 album Wheatfield Soul in December 1968; … I spoke out against the hand that fed me. Yeah, they recruited me because Chad Allan was going back into college and they got me because I could scream like Eric Burdon. I love singing it because it’s got a great vocal. “I had my best duds on, it was a chance worth taking”. I hear all kinds of stories from my fans who have experienced personal loss or tragedy and tell me “your song brought me through it”. Do you think that over the years it gets tougher to make a really good record? First of all they had just witnessed AC/DC blowing the lid off of half a million people, and then out comes Mick and he invites Justin Timberlake on the stage, and they’re going “whoo-ooh-hoo-ooh-hoo-ooh-hoo”. He is now the longest standing lead singer the band has ever had. He knows from day one what he wants, from the time you start tightening up the tom-tom on the drums, he already knows what the record is going to be. I’m not the bitter guy up on the hill. We came back to Canada and the girls looked fresher, and I’m looking around and I’m thinking, “Canadian woman, I prefer you”, but what comes out of my mouth is “American woman, stay away from me”. Available at iTunes, amazon, spotify, bandcamp and old fashion CD with digital booklet limited edition. They watched again in the 1960’s when the British Invasion was in full swing, waiting for their messiah; the musical landscape at that time was pretty barren. It was Kale on bass, Bachman on guitar, and me on drums and lead vocal. One of the most iconic rock songs of all times only took a half hour to write? And what Kale and Peterson did was just horrible. Is it a love song or a heartbreak song? On today’s date in 1969, Winnipeg rock group The Guess Who saw These Eyes achieve gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales topping one million copies.. Before then it was the Seattle Pop Festival with about sixty or seventy thousand. the rest of the CD has some great tunes on it, especially if you are a child of the 70's. What were you trying to say in it? When Greg got on a plane and went home, we went back to Winnipeg and got Donnie McDougall. This contest had a $500 prize, so there were a lot of contestants. One day Kurt picks up his guitar and starts doing his bit in D, and I just thought, “Fucking A, here we go.”. It was always a party with me and Kurt. How did Randy Bachman’s conversion to Mormonism affect the dynamic within the band? They had a big chorus line of horn players, and backup singers, and then Justin Timberlake came out to sing “Miss You” with them. It just really pissed me off. There are already plans for a follow up album to Jukebox with Jukebox II sometime in the future, as well as a Television special. It was probably the beginning of the end, although we did go on for three years plus after that, but he did try to take us all to the temple and convert us, it was insane. Login . I’d like to decipher your hit songs. We were lucky we never got nailed for it. You just can’t predict it. I was traipsing around Europe all by myself, and I was sitting in Orly airport in Paris on my way to visit my sister. Look at someone like Robert Plant. That’s why I went solo, I could play all the songs I wanted to play. The only time I got up from the kit all night was to play the keyboard intro to “These Eyes”. It is now available on the Bachman-Cummings website (see below). You’ve received just about every award there is in Canada, the Order of Canada, the Juno, and most recently, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The music was about 5th on the list of importance after that. I can’t do that vocal any more every night, but we’re going to do a rarities show. Is that how you wrote “Clap For The Wolfman?” Was it related to that? All the songs that I can’t do anymore will be done over a couple of nights for film. There it was. That was quite a long time ago in Tarzana, around 1979 or 1980; I was younger and a bit more adventurous than I am now. He was always very nice to us. I went all by myself to this place, it was a local bar that was having a karaoke night. Cummings was born and raised in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as were all of the other original members of The Guess Who. I don’t think she ever got that whole globe-hopping thing and how amazing that really was. Troiano is dead now, so they can’t talk to him. So when we got to New York to play the Fillmore East, I found out about all of this and said to Peterson and Kale, “you either go with him or you go with me”. 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