By Ken Foote

(CBS 11) – Guess Who.

No, that is not a rhetorical question!

The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was one of the early Canadian bands to be commercially successful in the U.S.

Two of the members that you will recognize are Randy Bachman (who later formed Bachman –Turner Overdrive in 1970) and Burton Cummings.

Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman perform during the 2005 Juno Awards ceremony April 3, 2005 in Winnipeg, Canada. The Juno Awards are the main Music event in Canada and is run annually. (Photo by Donald Weber/Getty Images)

From 1965 to 1974, the group charted 14 times on Billboard but only had one #1 hit in 1970 with “American Woman”, which held that position for three weeks and on the chart as a whole for fourteen weeks, longer than any of their other songs.

In the summer of 1971, the group released “Albert Flasher.” The song was already being played in Canada and it was never on any of their studio albums at that time. When you hear it, it was written more for keyboard than anything else, with percussion and guitars in the background. Written by Burton Cummings and produced by Jack Richardson, running 2:18 on the RCA Victor label, the lyrics go like this:

I was a workshop owner in the gulch for the people
And I offered myself to the world
I was a workshop owner
I was a workshop owner

I was a diesel fixer, fixed a diesel, diesel fixed me
What a weasel
And baby was a workshop owner
Baby was a workshop owner

Baby and me were ripe for the pickin’
That was the day we ran into Albert Flasher

The song reached #13 in Canada, #28 in Austrailia, and #29 in the U.S.

Enjoy this version perfomed by the group in 2004 in their home town of Winnepeg during a cross-Canadian tour!