THE GUESS WHO CONNECTION
The Chad Allan Years
Discography ~ Short Bio ~ CBC Let's Go Song List
Shakin' All Over: Guess Who?
|1. Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd)
2. Tossin' And Turnin' (R. Adams - M. Rene)
3. Stop Teasin' Me (R. Bachman)
4. Like I Love You (A. Kobel)
5. Till We Kissed (Where Have You Been) (Gunter)
6. Shy Guy (A. Kobel)
7. Shot Of Rhythm 'N' Blues (Thompson)
8. I Want You To Love Me (J. Kale)
9. I'd Rather Be Alone (A. Kobel)
10. I've Been Away (R. Bachman)
11. Tuff E Nuff
12. Turn Around And Walk Away (A. Kobel)
ALBUM LINER NOTES
Four and a half years ago, Allan Kobel, a young grade 12 student at Miles MacDonnel Collegiate, got together with some friends and formed a rock and roll group called Al and the Silvertones.
This particular group was not too much different from the hundreds of small groups which had formed before or have formed since; they were simply a group of young men who were playing and writing music they liked.
The difference was that a lot of other people like their sound too.
Today this group, now renamed Chad Allan and the Expressions, with Bob Burns looking after the managerial side is finding that this popularity has spread from a local fervor to international recognition through the release of their hit record, Shakin' All Over.
The members of the group, Allan Kobel (Chad Allan), Randy Bachman, Gary Peterson, Bob Ashley and Jim Kale, are five devoted young men who know well that this success just didn't happen.
"We're where we are today because a lot of people believed in us," says Allan.
"The applause of school audiences, the encouragement of family and friends, the incentive of recording, and the support of local DJs have been the only things that made up keep on working," he said. Station CKAY-TV Winnipeg in particular has been a big help to the group in this respect.
This support, however, is not the reason for its musical ability. This has come only through long and painstaking hours of work.
This work began in early 1962 when the group first got together in a small room packed beside the staircase in Bob Ashley's home; it continued through weeks of rehearsal until their first show at Melrose Junior High, and it is still going on.
From their first show, they worked hard to build a name for themselves. They played at school and community club dances throughout Winnipeg and by 1963 they had become the best known group in Winnipeg.
They released Shy Guy and Stop Teasin' Me on the Quality label. These records reaffirmed their success and led to a tour last summer of western Canada.
At the completion of the tour, they returned to Winnipeg, well established as one of Canada's best groups.
Allan is a third year science student at United College. He writes material for the group, plays rhythm guitar, and sings.
Randy Bachman, the lead guitarist, also writes and sings. He is 21 and in his final year of an accelerated course in business administration at MIT.
Jim Kale plays bass guitar and sings. He is married and works for a lumber firm in St. Vital.
Gary Peterson handles the drums and plays saxophone. He is in second year science at the University of Manitoba.
Bob Ashley is the pianist and organist for the group.
Together, they make up the sound which Winnipeggers have been acclaiming for years and which, since the beginning of this year, has gained international prominence.Michael Maunder ~ Winnipeg Free Press
THE SECOND ALBUM
Chad Allan and the Expressions
Quality Records: V-1764
1. Hey Ho (What You Do To Me)
Album No. 2 Liner NotesHow often have you thought to yourself about a certain group or individual in the entertainment field . . . boy, all they need to really make it big, is that one break.
My thoughts about a group here in Winnipeg have been this way for some time, and I was delighted and proud when all their hard work and abundance of talent paid off with that one break called "Shakin' All Over," contained in their first album V1756.
"Guess Who" I'm talking about . . . Chad Allan and The Expressions.
This album contains 11 songs, but you can't look at it that way. This album contains a story. A story of hard work, desire, determination, talent and people. It's also the story of a five year, overnight success.
I've listened to this album and we as Canadians can be very proud because it happened here first. Other countries have since released their recordings, but it happened here first.
Chad Allan and The Expressions didn't just happen. Because of the very fine young men they are, their unbelievable musicianship and vocal ability, not to mention their song writing, disc jockeys and millions of fans from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Yukon to Mexico have recognized and applauded them.
In their hometown of Winnipeg, young people and adults alike look up to them and admire them, but most of all, respect them. Other talents who have worked with them feel the same way.
This album contains their latest smash single "Hey Ho What You Do To Me" plus ten others, six of which, have been written by Chad Allan and the Expressions.
This album also tells the story of the future. As their second album it is as powerful as the first, but with a difference. What a wonderful, exciting thing, thinking of what the third will be like. This of course is in the future.
Let us now return to the present and listen. Listen, without guessing, to Canada's Ambassadors of Goodwill . . . Chad Allan and the ExpressionsDaryl Burlingham
Music Director ~ CKY Radio
THE THIRD ALBUM
The Guess Who?
Quality V 1788 (C)
|1. All Right
2. And She's Mine (Randy Bachman)
3. As (Randy Bachman)
4. You Know He Did (Al Ransom)
5. Baby Feelin' (Johnny Kidd)
6. Clock On The Wall (Randy Bachman)
7. Don't Act So Bad (Jim Kale)
8. Believe Me (Randy Bachman)
9. Seven Long Years (Burton Cummings)
10. One Day (Randy Bachman)
11. Gonna Search (Randy Bachman)
12. Guess I'll Find A Place (Allan Kobel)
Engineer: Tom Jung ~ Producer: Bob Burns
Note: All Chad Allan references were left off this album in the Credits, Cover Photo and Liner Notes
It's time . . . That's the album title (I'm sure you figured that out all by your little lonesome . . . smart devil you) and it's time the rest of the world recognized the capabilities of The Guess Who . . . What's that Charlie? . . . they do? . . . fine . . .
Well that takes care of the liner notes! Under normal circumstances, I would call it "end" . . . but this is not a normal circumstance! First of all, it's not that I'm approached by a group manager to be a sort of "Best Man" . . . and I'm darned if I'll stop now. I've been saving up too many superlatives for just such an opportunity and just such a group, "The Guess Who." Great, fabulous, tremendous, wonderful, outstanding, superb."
There you have the superlatives . . . There may be a few adjectives thrown in as well . . . How would I know!!
"The Guess Who," are all these things . . . and anything else you might want to add. Here's a group with an excess in talent, ability, and showmanship. A group that provides a completely satisfying sound in today's music . . .
Nine of the twelve selections on this L.P. are originals and each done to perfection. Ranging from the "Soul" sound of "Clock On The Wall," to the "Go" drive of "All Right." The spiritual beat of "Seven Long Years," to the "Haunting" feel of "Guess I'll Find A Place" . . . There are five more originals to listen to . . . do it . . . I still find it hard to believe that five young men can cover the different moods or feelings in music so completely, and capably!! Expert musicians, they are . . . and vocally exacting. From lead vocalist, Burton Cummings, to multi voiced Randy Bachman . . . It's beautiful. There are many "Bits" that you'll detect on this album . . . The "Sax" sound of the great guitar and bass work in "Seven Long Years," the drumming of Garry Peterson, the guitar solo in Jimmy Kale's tune, "Don't Act So Bad," the flamenco guitar work of Randy Bachman in "Guess I'll Find A Place."
If I had to pick out a favourite form this album . . . I wouldn't!! How can you pick out one good tune from twelve great ones? You can? Well you'll have to listen to them, so go ahead . . . Pick up this album and take it home . . . "It's Time" . . .Doc Steen
Music Director Radio Station CKRC
BRAVE BELT I
|1. Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes (Randy Bachman) Chad and
2. Lifetime (Randy Bachman) Chad ~ Randy ~ C.F.
3. Waitin' There for Me (Randy Bachman) Randy
4. I Am the Man (Chad Allan) Chad
5. French Kiss (Chad Allan and Rob Matheson) Chad
6. It's Over (Randy Bachman) Randy
7. Rock and Roll Band (Chad Allan) Chad and Randy
8. Wandering Fantasy Girl (Chad Allan) Chad
9. I Wouldn't Trade My Guitar for a Woman (Chad Allan) Chad and Randy
10. Holy Train (Chad Allan) Chad
11. Anyday Means Tomorrow (Randy Bachman) Randy with Chad & C.F.
12. Scarecrow (Chad Allan and Rob Matheson) Chad
Produced by Randy Bachman for R.C.B. Limited
Chad Allan: vocals, piano, accordion, rhythm guitar, mandolin
Randy Bachman: vocals, lead guitars, bass, herzog
Rob Bachman: drums and percussion
Ron Halldorson: pedal steel guitar
Wally Didduck: fiddle
Billy Mac: drums in "Trade" and "Scarecrow"
Recorded at Century 21 Studios, Winnipeg, Canada (John Hildebrand)
RCA Mid-America Studios, Chicago (Brian Christian)
Re-mixed at R2 of A&R Studios, New York (Dave Green)
Special thanks to ouir families, Yamaha Music, Garnet Amps, and those who believed
Cover and liner photography by Hans Sipma
Art direction: Ed Thrasher
BRAVE BELT II
REPRISE RECORDS MS-2057
BRAVE BELT: BTO RE-ISSUE
REPRISE RECORDS MS-2210
BRAVE BELT DOUBLE CD RE-ISSUE
BRAVE BELT (2 CD SET)
Brave Belt I and Brave Belt II
FIRST SOLO ALBUM
|1. Spending My Time (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
2. Country Company (C. Allan - H. Hildebrand)
3. Sixty Cents A Shot (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
4. Movie (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
5. September Street (C. Allan - B. Erickson)
6. Prairietown, Midwest City (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
7. Paper Dragons (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
8. Be My Song (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
9. Stone Boats (C. Allan - R. Matheson)
10. Dunrobin's Gone (C. Allan - B. Erickson)
Special thanks to:
RON HALLDORSON: Steel guitar, lead guitars, electric bass, hand clapping and last-minute charts
REG KELLN: drums and percussion and some grunts and groans
The String Section: Harold Vogt, Nick Gelmych, Wally Diduck and Klara Belkin
Horns, Reeds and stuff: Lou Pollock, Harry Ellsworth, Ed Philip, Larry Crawford and Guy Cloutier
Karen Marklinger and Yvette Shaw for their vocal help in "Stone Boats."
Terry Barnett and Rick Pearson: for their inspired rock and roll licks on electric guitar
String and brass arrangements by Dave Shaw
PRODUCED by Chad Allan for Chad Allan Ltd.
Recorded and mixed at CENTURY 21 RECORDING STUDIOS, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Engineer: John Hildebrand
Photographer: James M. Bordass
Doll designer: GRANDMA SUE, Winnipeg
Business Direction and jacket concept: Susan Hoyos
Other friends who contributed their energies: Robb Matheson, "Whitey" Haines and everyone at BMI, Bob Gibbons, YAMAHA MUSIC, Harry Hildebrand, Barry Erickson, Ross Reynolds, Larry Green, Lee Murray, Goodwill Industries, Hans Sipma
Jacket Design by Paul Weldon
Leap Frog Records LFR-1-83
Originally issued in 1974,
An opera based on the ancient Beowulf text
starring Chad Allan acting and singing
Canadian Talent Library
CHAD ALLAN DISCOGRAPHY
Singleswith CHAD ALLAN AND THE REFLECTIONS
1962 Tribute To Buddy Holly/Back and Forth (CanAm)
1963 Shy Guy/Baby's Got a Brand New Beau (Quality)
1963 Inside Out/Made In England (Reo) (Mis-labeled as BOB ASHLEY AND THE REFLECTIONS)
1964 Stop Teasing Me/A Shot of Rhythm And Blues (Quality)
with THE GUESS WHO (aka CHAD ALLAN AND THE EXPRESSIONS)
1965 Shakin All Over'/Till We Kissed (Quality)
1965 Tossin' and Turnin'/I Want You To Love Me (Quality)
1965 Hey Ho, What You Do To Me/Goodnight, Goodnight (Quality)
1965 Hurting Each Other/Baby's Birthday (Quality)
with BRAVE BELT
1971 Rock And Roll Band (Reprise)
1971 Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes (Reprise)
1972 Never Comin' Home (Reprise)
1972 Dunrobin's Gone (Reprise)
Another Way Out (Reprise)
with THE GUESS WHO (aka CHAD ALLAN AND THE EXPRESSIONS)
1965 Shakin' All Over (Quality)
1965 Hey Ho (What You Do To Me) (Quality)
with THE GUESS WHO
1966 It's Time (Quality)
with BRAVE BELT
1971 Brave Belt (Reprise)
1972 Brave Belt II (Reprise)
with THE METRO-GNOMES: Chad Allan ~ Corrine Cyca ~ Karen Marklinger
The Metro-Gnomes (Birchmount)
as CHAD ALLAN
1974 "Rock" Opera
LOOKING THROUGH CRYSTAL GLASS
Canadian Talent Library
Ref: Canadian Music Encyclopedia
THE GUESS WHO?
The Chad Allan Years
Chad Allan Biography from the Canadian Music Encyclopedia website
Born: March 23, 1943 as Allan Kowbel in Winnipeg Allan begin his professional music career in Winnipeg with
Chad Allan And The Silvertones in the late 1950's. They played Top-40 material by American rock and roll acts and featured Randy Bachman, Garry Peterson, and Jim Kale.
In 1962 they changed their name to Chad Allan And The Reflections and later as Chad Allan And The Expressions. It was this incarnation that landed a recording contract with Quality Records.
However, getting Canadian music played on the bulging American influenced Canadian radio stations was tough so Quality issued the single with a white label and the words Guess Who? written on it.
The record was released in 1965 and went on to sell 2 million copies. After two albums Allan's vocals were beginning to suffer from the grind of 10 years of performing in smokey clubs and he quit to return to school.
The Guess Who would go on to be world famous with tunes such as "These Eyes" and "American Woman" but guitarist Randy Bachman felt that after hitting such a peak there would be nowhere left to turn but down and so also quit the band.
Bachman would invite his old friend Allan to become lead vocalist in his new band Brave Belt. The band released two albums for Reprise but the band's leanings toward a progressively heavier sound wasn't suited for Allan and he quit.
After leaving Brave Belt, Allan pursued many musical endeavers including writing gospel music, hosting a children's TV show in Winnipeg, and forming his own record label called Seabreeze Records from which he released several singles and an album that didn't fare well.
Allan still sings solo engagements doing '50's and '60's rock and roll classics.
CBC LET'S GO ~ WINNIPEG BROADCASTS
CHAD ALLEN and the GUESS WHO
SONG LIST OF SHOWS
Stored in the Archive Library of Bill & Sue-On Hillman
LET'S GO #LA18
CRY LIKE A BABY - CHAD
YOUNG GIRL - GW
SOMEWHERE UP HIGH - GW
DON'T LOSE YOUR MIND (?) - 49th PARALLEL
DENVER - CHAD
LABOURER - 49th PARALLEL
SHE SAID - 49th PARALLEL
UNICORN - GW
TEMPERATURE - CHAD
THEM - ALL
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - #LA18
BLACK DAY IN JULY - CHAD
GOTTA GET UP - LUCILLE EMONDE
WALK AWAY RENEE - BARRY ALLEN
YOU'RE THE ONE (?) (FRENCH) - LUCILLE
ARM FULL OF TEDDY BEARS - BARRY ALLEN
O TO BE A CHILD AGAIN - CHAD
L. DAVID SLOAN - LUCILLE
JUST LIKE TEARDROPS - BARRY
GOD DIDN'T MAKE LITTLE GREEN APPLES - CHAD
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - #LA18
VALLERIE - CHAD
STRANGE BREW - GW
CAN'T GET UP (?) - CHAD
GOT ME FLOATIN' - FIFTH
THINKING IT OVER - CHAD
CALL IT A DAY - FIFTH
CAPRICE - FIFTH
GUESS WHO CONTEST
LADY MADONNA - GW
GURU - CHAD
LET'S GO ~ #LA28
JUNE 6, 1968
YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY - CHAD
GUESS WHO ORIGINALS - BOB McMULLAN
WE'RE COMING TO DINNER - BURTON
SPARKLES IN THE GRASS - CHAD & GW
MR. MAPLE - CHAD & GW
MONEY - CHAD & GW
B-B-B-BABY - CHAD & GW
TAKE TIME TO KNOW HER - CHAD & GW
MRS. ROBINSON - CHAD & GW
THEME - PAUPER COMMERCIAL
WHERE IT'S AT: GUESS WHO #LA32
WHERE IT'S AT - GUESS WHO
FALLING - GW
WHEN I GET HOME - 3:10 TO YUMA - 49th PARALLEL
SONG - SUGAR & SPICE
EMPTY - BEAUTIFUL DUET - GW
LET'S GO - #3 - WINNIPEG - #P1
HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT - CHAD
TILL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO - LUCILLE EMONDE
STONES MEDLEY - GW
SATISFACTION - LAST TIME - GET OFF MY CLOUD
LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER - WE LOVE YOU
I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU - LUCILLE
THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME - CHAD
THE BOAT THAT I ROW - LUCILLE
GIVE ME A LITTLE SIGN - GW
BROWN EYED GIRL - CHAD
NEVER MY LOVE - GW
LET'S GO - #4 WINNIPEG - #P1
SONG - CHAD
FLYING ON THE GROUND - GW
MAKIN' EVERY MINUTE COUNT - GTMAS
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT - GW
GUESS I'LL FIND A PLACE - CHAD
HOLIDAY - CHAD
THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' - CHAD & BURTON
LET LOVE COME BETWEEN US - CHAD
DANDELION - GW
NEVER MY LOVE - GTMAS
THEME - GW
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - OCT. 1, 1967 - #P4
GOODTIME MUSIC APPRECIATION SOCIETY
I DIG ROCK & ROLL MUSIC - CHAD
THIS TIME LONG AGO - GW
THERE'S ALWAYS MARY - GTMAS
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE MY BALLOON - GTMAS
MY GIRL - GW
SAN FRANCISCO - CHAD
FLYING ON THE GROUND - GW
12:30 - GTMAS
GASLIGHT - CHAD
THE LETTER - GW
TO SIR WITH LOVE - GTMAS
THEME - GW
LET'S GO - BIT - WINNIPEG - NOV. 16, 1967 - #P4
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - NOV. 9, 1967
KENTUCKY WOMAN - CHAD
TO LOVE SOMEBODY - GW
SUMMER SUMMER WIND - CORRINE CYCA
CHILD OF CLAY - CHAD
MY LOVE - CORRINE
HOLD ON - CHAD & BURTON
TOP 3: LIGHTNIN'S GIR
PEOPLE ARE STRANGE - CHAD
I CAN SEE FOR MILES - GW
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - #2 - #P5
HOW CAN I BE SURE - LUCILLE EMONDE
LOVE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING - GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP - CHAD
MY GIRL - GW
DON'T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY - LUCILLE
THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG - CHAD
TO SIR WITH LOVE - LUCILLE
WHAT NOW MY LOVE - CHAD
THE LETTER - GA
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - NOV. 3, 1967 #P5
RUNAWAY - CHAD
HIS GIRL - GW
SGT. PEPPER INTRO: - GW
WITH A LITTLE HELP - CHAD
GETTING BETTER - GW
A DAY IN THE LIFE - CHAD & BURTON
WHEN I'M 64 - CHAD
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - CHAD
SHE MADE ME HAPPY - GTMAS
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - FEB 1, 1968 - #P7
INTRO - FAVOURITE SONG SHOW
WHITER SHADE OF PALE - GW
HEART FULL OF SOUL - CHAD GW
YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' - CHAD & BURTON
RICHARD COREY - CHAD
I GOTTA GO NOW - GW
SHE'S NOT THERE - GW CHAD
WALK AWAY RENE - GW
ALONG COMES MARY - GW
BLUE TURNS TO GREY - CHAD
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - March 7, 1968
ORIGINAL MATERIAL SHOW
RED & YELLOW (?) - CHAD GW
VERY FAR FROM NEAR (BURTON COMP) - GW BURTON
MR. NOTHIN (RANDY COMP) CLARINET - GW BURTON
BABY MAY JUST TODAY (BOBBY VEE) - CHAD GW
I FEEL FINE - GW
ADELWEISS - (FOLKSY) GW
IT'S NOT TIME NOW - CHAD
HE'S DOWN - GW
NOBODY BUT ME - CHAD
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - FEB 15, 1968 - #P7
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE - GW
QUICKSAND - CHAD (?)
SAME OLD SONG MEDLEY: INTRO - PRIVILEGE (LORDS)
DONT GO .. REFUSE ME (?)
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO
LOVE IS AN ITCHIN'
SAME OLD SONG: CONCLUSION
HEY LITTLE ONE - CHAD
GIRL I';VE GOT TO LEAVE YOU - BROKEN HEART - PRIVILEGE
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL YOUNG RUPERT WHITE - GW
I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LIVING - CHAD
DARLING - GW
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - FEB 22, 1968 - #P7
WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN - GW
COME GO WITH ME - ETERNALS
DOCK OF THE BAY - CHAD
FALLING TEARS - ETERNALS
STICKS AND STONES - ETERNALS
HEY GOOD HARDY - GW
GET A HEAD START - STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE - CHAD GW
LET'S GO - WINNIPEG - FEB 29, 1968 - #P7
MIGHTY QUINN - GW
I NEED YOUR COMPANY (RANDY COMP) - GW
SILVER AND GOLD - PINK PLUMM
GENTLY AS NIGHT FALLS - PINK PLUMM
MAN ON THE HILL - CHAD GW
ALONG CAME PRIDE - PINK PLUMM
PIANO ELEC. BREAK - GW
BONNIE & CLYDE - CHAD GW
THANK YOU VERY MUCH - GW
|CHAD ALLAN:||1. Anecdotes||2. Interview||3. Discography||4. Reflections||5. Clipping|
|PHOTOS/SCRAPS:||6. Photos I||7. Photos II||8. Photos III||9. GW Bios Clips||10. GW Degrees|
|ORIGINALS:||11. Jim Kale||12. Kale/Peterson||.||.||.|
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