On today’s date in 1969, Winnipeg rock group The Guess Who saw their single These Eyes achieve gold status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of more than one million copies.
These Eyes was co-written by the group’s lead guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings. It was included on the band’s 1969 album Wheatfield Soul in December 1968; however, the song was first released as a single in Canada, where it reached #7 on the charts and helped the band earn a U.S. distribution deal with RCA Records.
The song was then released in the U.S. in March 1969, when it became a breakthrough success for the group as their first single to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, where it peaked at #6.
2013 GUESS WHO STAMP
In 2013, Canada Post featured The Guess Who on 63-cent Permanent stamp (Scott #2659) printed by the Lowe-Martin Group on Tullis Russell Coatings coated paper. The Canadian Recording Artists: The Bands issue featured three other acts—Rush, Beau Dommage and the Tragically Hip.
The Guess Who stamp depicts the band’s logo and the word “CANADA” to the bottom-left.
Each stamp measures 32 mm x 32 mm with simulated perforations. The official first-day covers were cancelled in Winnipeg, Man. (the Guess Who); Toronto, Ont. (Rush); Kingston, Ont. (the Tragically Hip); and Montréal, Que. (Beau Dommage). The stamps are available in booklets of 10 stamps, a set of four booklets and a souvenir sheet of four stamps.