Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Lyricist(s):Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson, Jim Kale
Composer(s):Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson, Jim Kale
This Guess Who classic earned a singular distinction among Canadian records: it was the nation’s first Number 1 hit in the United States, remaining in that spot for three weeks. The song proved highly controversial in the U.S., with its references to “war machines” and “ghetto scenes,” but it actually began as a spontaneous jam on stage, with Burton Cummings making up many of the words on the fly. American Woman has been covered many times but was really revived in 1999 when Lenny Kravitz picked it up, earning a Grammy with the song. His version of American Woman made it to the big screen in the movie, Austin Powers 2, The Spy Who Shagged Me. American Woman has also been heard in other movies. The Guess Who and Kravitz played the song together in 2000 at the MuchMusic Video awards in Toronto where the band received a lifetime achievement award. It has also been heard in commercials, such as in ads for Tommy Hilfiger and Castrol motor oil.
Cover artists include: Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Joe Ferry, Krokus, Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra, and Texas Chainsaw Orchestra