Chart Position: 1

  • #3 bestseller for 1970
  • Randy Bachman left the band after this became a big hit
  • This is the Guess Who’s only U.S. #1
  • Written by Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson and Mike Kale
  • Guess Who is the first Canadian act to score a U.S. #1
  • The Nixon White House invited the band to perform at the White House, with the stipulation that they not perform this song, as Nixon considered its lyrics to be unpatriotic
  • Bachman has said that the ‘American Woman’ referred to in the song is the Statue of Liberty
  • The intro to the song is 1:18 of blues shuffling by Bachman with Cummings accompanying with spoken words; this was rarely played on radio at the time
  • This song began as a spontaneous on-stage jam in Canada
  • Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman were both inducted into the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Later recorded by Krokus (1982), Fleshtones (1997), Jaymz Bee and Royal Jelly Orchestra (1996) and Lenny Kravitz (1999)


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