The Guess Who’s “American Woman” hit #1 50 years ago. Randy Bachman explains how the whole thing was an accident.

[This is from a Zoom interview for Global News in which I participated this past week. -AC]

The era of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a particularly bleak one in terms of the music industry, but that hasn’t stopped Canadian rock legends The Guess Who from celebrating the anniversary of one of their biggest accomplishments.

Fifty years ago this Saturday, on May 9, 1970, not only did their song American Woman hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, it became the first-ever Canadian rock track to do so — marking a musical milestone in the history of our nation

Read more here. And here’s the full Zoom interview.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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