The Guess Who kicks off Potter Center season Sept. 21

September 10, 2019

There is no guessing necessary when the Potter Center at Jackson College welcomes the immortal sounds of the classic rock band The Guess Who for one night only, Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Guess Who have connected with fans for decades with an exultant hit parade including “These Eyes,” “Clap For the Wolfman,” “Hand Me Down World,” “No Time,” “Star Baby,” and “Share the Land.” Add in fellow classics and double-sided singles like the rock anthem “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” plus “Laughing” and “Undun,” and the Canadian-bred stateside conquerors are eternally etched into pop culture history.

The Guess Who formed in Winnipeg in 1965. A stint performing music on the CBC TV show “Where It’s At” in 1968 led the band to meet producer Jack Richardson who mortgaged his home to finance the recording of Wheatfield Soul (1969). That album contained “These Eyes,” which would go on to top the Canadian singles chart and reach #6 in the U.S. It would also become the band’s first million-seller. Despite being encouraged to move to Los Angeles, the band decided to stay in Winnipeg, proving that Canadian bands didn’t have to leave Canada to find success. “American Woman” and the B-side “No Sugar Tonight” in 1970 was the first record by a Canadian band to top the U.S. Hot 100.

“American Woman” would prove to be the last Guess Who studio album to feature co-founder Randy Bachman who left after converting to Mormonism. Bachman would go on to form the band Brave Belt and then Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the latter perhaps best known for the 1974 hit “Takin’ Care of Business.” Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings recruited guitarists Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw to replace Bachman. Under Cummings’ leadership, The Guess Who would continue, with various lineup changes, until 1975. Cummings would disband the group after the release of the Power in the Music album, and move to Los Angeles to start a solo career. Bassist Jim Kale, who owned registration of the Guess Who name, would continue to record and perform as The Guess Who, albeit to less commercial success. The original lineup has reunited at various times over the years. In 1987, they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 2001, they were given a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Canada Post even issued a Guess Who stamp in 2013.The band members have continued to perform and record to the present day. Today, band members include D#, Will Evankovich, Garry Peterson (founding member), Rudy Sarzo and Leonard Shaw.

Tickets for The Guess Who are $48, $45 and $30 and may be purchased by calling 517.796.8600, or online at www.jccmi.edu/potter-center.   ###