They say that in some cases the sum is greater than its parts. In terms of rock bands this is often true. But what if the parts still did other things after it left the sum? Okay, that was convoluted, but with The Guess Who, we think that this statement holds some water.
The Guess Who had a lot in common with the other Canadian bands that it paved the way for. Significantly more popular in their own country than they were in the U.S., they hold the distinction of becoming the first band from Canada to make serious headway South of the border. Ironically their first and only number one hit was the song “American Woman” which actually put down America more than it praised it. Regardless, they had a decent run with their Bluesy Rock sound and had philosophical differences between the principle members (Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman) not occurred they would have likely gone further. Now, if the Hall adds the solo work of Burton and the guitar driven biker rock of B.T.O. to the sum than they would have a decent shot. Chances are; it won’t work that way.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Why They Will Get In:
Admitting them will allow Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman without having to acknowledge their post Guess Who work.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Although huge in Canada, they were not as successful in the U.S.
Wheatfield Soul (1968)
Canned Wheat (1969)
American Woman (1970)
Share the Land (1970)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
These Eyes (From Wheatfield Soul, 1968)
Undun (From Canned Wheat, 1969)
American Woman (From American Woman, 1970)
No Sugar Tonight (From American Woman, 1970)
Hand Me Down World (From Share the Land, 1970)