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Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 27

 

 

An interesting set, heavy on the Guess Who and alumni, all classic rock with a trivia question in waiting, so pay attention.

1. Guess Who

“Shakin’ All Over”

Cover of "American Woman: The Story of th...
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This is the trivia question.  The Guess Who’s singer at the outset was not Burton Cummings, it was Chad Allan.  This cover, released in the USA and Canada in 1965, by a band called The Guess Who? (yes a question mark). This was an attempt to disguise the real band and maybe to make it look like a British Invasion band.  The band’s name at the time was Chad Allan and the Expressions.  After the success of this song and the album it was on, the band was renamed permanently as the Guess Who.  Chad had some throat issues and was replaced by Burton Cummings (a Peter Best moment) and the rest is history.  Chad actually had 2 Peter Best moments as he was also part of a band with Randy Bachman called Brave Belt.  After he left the band, it became Bachman Turner Overdrive, and the rest is, once again, history.


2. Chilliwack

“Crazy Talk”

English: Bill Henderson (lead singer and guita...
English: Bill Henderson (lead singer and guitarist for Chilliwack) taken in Merritt, BC, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bit of gibberish from one of Canada’s best classic rock bands.

3. Harlequin

“Thinking of You”

English: Harlequin year 1671 Italiano: Arlecch...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Continuing on a very Winnipeg based set, we have a band I used to see regularly in bars all over Winnipeg.  Come to think of it, Winnipeg in the 70’s and 80’s was a crazy great place for live music.


4. BTO

“Roll On Down the Highway”

Bachman–Turner Overdrive Gold
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Gold (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And some more Winnipeg.  The kings of classic rock with a live version of another anthem.


5. Burton Cummings

“My Own Way to Rock”

Burton Cummings of The Guess Who
Burton Cummings of The Guess Who (Photo credit: Protest Photos1)

And a final Winnipeg connection.  The smooth voice of Burton Cummings with another anthem from the 80’s.

 

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 19

 

This grouping is very heavy on the classic rock, with the inclusion of a classic country star and a present day Canadian icon.

 

1. Hank Snow

 

“I Don’t Hurt Anymore”

 

Hank Snow
Hank Snow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The venerable Hank Snow.  What can you say.  The man is simply an icon in traditional country music.

 

 

2. BTO

 

“Let it Ride”

Bachman-Turner Overdrive performing live in Ör...
Bachman-Turner Overdrive performing live in Örebro, Sweden 1991 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The band, to me, was a mixture of very good songs. like this one, and Nickelback.  Very popular band, and, for Randy Bachman, proved that there is life after being in a mega-group.

 

 

 

 

3. The Guess Who

 

“Albert Flasher”

Star on Canada's Walk of Fame for the rock ban...
Star on Canada's Walk of Fame for the rock band The Guess Who. Signatures, from top left clockwise: Garry Peterson, Burton Cummings, Bill Wallace, Randy Bachman and Donnie McDougall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another classic tune from the original Canadian superstars.  This song showcases Burton Cummings and his vocals.  The piano is not to shabby either.

 

 

4. The Tragically Hip

 

“Little Bones”

The Tragically Hip performing in Aspen, United...
The Tragically Hip performing in Aspen, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One could say this is classic rock as it was recorded in 1991.  However, they are still putting out some great music and are still getting major airplay in Canada

 

 

5. Prism

 

“Spaceship Superstar”

Prism is a great under-rated Canadian band.  this song is a classic.  You can’t help but sing along on the chorus.