American Woman

 

American Woman — The Guess Who

From the comments:

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Randy Bachmann is playing one of the most recognizable leads in guitar history

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It was sung on the spur of the moment on stage in Canada and then later written from a taped copy of the onstage performance

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Burton Cummings interviewed by Ray Shasho:

“… it’s time to start the 2nd show and the guys are back onstage. I hear them start this riff (American Woman.) I run inside and run up onto the stage and just grab a microphone and started singing whatever came into my head; it was all stream of consciousness at the moment stuff … all that stuff about war machines and ghetto scenes, colored lights can hypnotize …it was all just spur- of- the- moment.”

8 comments on “American Woman

  1. I like the idea that this was an ‘instant’ brain crunch song. If that’s really true then it’s ‘cool.’
    Bear. you’ve got some special connection with that “They’re coming…” song. Hmm?

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  2. ptero9 says:

    My dad bought tickets to see the Guess Who on the day of the lunar landing, July 20, 1969 at the Brookhaven National Lab, where he worked. My sister and I went and before the concert she chided me into going backstage to see if the band was there. We walked around a side entrance and saw a door opened and Randy Bachman was tuning his guitar. He smiled at us, put the guitar down and came over to talk with us. My sister took a polaroid of him with his arm around me. I was only 11, but what a thrill and what a performance! They were awesome.

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