Rayman Right, Mike Harvey Wrong
Let me put this to bed once and for all. I’m right, Mike Harvey (Supergold) is wrong.
Several years ago I was listening to the # 1 nightime show in America, Mike Harvey’s Supergold on Kool 101.7. Mike played a song called “Shakin All Over”, and my mind drifted back to the first time I’d heard the song. As I was listening, I told the story to a friend of how the song was originally done by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, then covered by Chad Allan & The Expressions who later became The Guess Who. To my surprise, when the song ended, Mike announced it was done by the Guess Who. I called Mike and explained the song was NOT done by the Guess Who, but instead by Chad Allan & the Expressions. A couple weeks later, he played the song once more and did the same thing..Mmmm, time for a friendly e-mail I figure, which I did..no response, and to this day he continues his mistake. Now this is not an earth shattering event, the sun will still come up for both Mike and I, but I do feel if your show is #1 in America, you should get your facts straight right?…or am I wrong? You be the judge…
“The Guess Who started out as a local Winnipeg band formed by singer/guitarist Chad Allan in 1960 and initially called Al and the Silvertones. This was changed to Chad Allan & the Reflections in 1962, by which point the band consisted of Chad Allan (vocals/guitar), Bob Ashley (keyboards), Randy Bachman (guitars), Jim Kale (bass), andGarry Peterson (drums). All the band members were born in Winnipeg.
By 1965, the group was forced to change its name to Chad Allan & the Expressions after a U.S. group called The Reflections had scored a hit with “Just Like Romeo & Juliet”.
It was at this point that the band scored their first hit, a 1965 rendition of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates‘ “Shakin’ All Over“. This track reached #1 in Canada, #22 in the U.S (where Quality had licensed the track to the American Scepter label for release in the U.S.) , and #27 in Australia. However, in an attempt to build a mystique around the record, Quality Records credited the single only to “Guess Who?” It was hoped that some listeners might assume the “Guess Who?” identity was deliberately masking several famous performers working under a pseudonym — given the “beat group” nature of the record, perhaps even members of The Beatles and/or other popular British Invasion bands. In concealing the identity of the band in this fashion, Quality Records may have been influenced by a similar ploy made the previous year by “The You Know Who Group”, an American outfit whose Merseybeat-ish 1964 single “Roses Are Red My Love” had peaked at #43 in the US, and at #21 in Canada.
It is debatable as to whether anyone was really fooled by the “Guess Who?” ruse, or if the record would have been a hit regardless of the artist credit. But the upshot was that, even after Quality Records revealed the band was “really” Chad Allan & The Expressions, disc jockeys still announced the group as Guess Who?, effectively forcing the band to rename themselves. So although singles were issued as being by “Guess Who?” on their first two albums, the band was credited as both “Guess Who?” and “Chad Allan & The Expressions”.