The guess who's st. vital connection

The St. Vital Museum is now home to some Guess Who memorabilia donated by bassist Jim Kale. Kale has donated his gold record of the band’s first hit Shaking All Over plus his five Maple Leaf Awards which were the forerunner of the Junos. He also donated his etched glass Canadian Music Hall of Fame Award plus a Prairie Music award.

Jim Kale
Photo: Jim Kale at the Glenlee Teen Canteen in the 1960s

A large framed picture of Kale, given by the music industry for the band’s smash American Woman, the world’s top-selling album in 1970 is now on display. The band even played their mega-hit on the highly popular Ed Sullivan Show.

Kale, who grew up on Clonard, Dunraven and Blenheim Avenues, is a graduate of Glenwood School and Glenlawn Collegiate. A founding member of the Guess Who, from the days with Al and the Silvertones, Kale owns the name. He still tours with the latest version of the band playing 60 dates a year though out the United States.


Jim Kale Collection

Gold Records

The Guess Who collection of Gold records received a big boost in mid-December when bassist Jim Kale donated the gold copies of America Woman, both the 45 RPN and the long play plus the Broadcast Measurement Inc. certificate marking the One Millionth air play of the 1970 smash hit.

In case you forgot, the Guess Who outsold the Beatles and Rolling Stones in 1970.

According to Kale, the gold records somehow were in the possession of a person living in Texas. Kale had the document at home, and all will soon be on display at the St. Vital Museum, along with nine other gold and platinum records dating back to “Shaking All Over” when the band was known as Al Chad Allan and the Expressions.

A graduate of Glenlawn Collegiate, Kale is the band’s original bassist. The Guess Who are owned by him, and drummer Gary Peterson, who still tours with the band. Kale replaced himself on bass with Rudy Sarzo. Sarzo was the bassist for Ozzy Osbourne.

He has also been a member of White Snake and Quiet Riot.


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