OTD: Guess Who stay atop Billboard charts with ‘These Eyes’

On today’s date in 1969, Winnipeg rock group The Guess Who saw their single These Eyes achieve gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales topping 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 the seventh spot on the charts and helped the band earn a U.S. distribution deal with RCA Records.

The stamp was sold in booklet panes of 10 stamps (SC #2659a).

The song was later released in the U.S., where 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 the sixth spot.


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 four-stamp set, “Canadian Recording Artists: The Bands,” featured three other acts—Rush, Beau Dommage and the Tragically Hip. The stamps were available in booklets of 10 stamps, sets of four booklets and souvenir sheets of four stamps.

The Guess Who stamp depicts the band’s logo and the word “CANADA” to the bottom-left.

Each stamp measures 32 millimetres by 32 millimetres with simulated perforations.

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).

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