Jim Kale

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Jim Kale
Jim Kale live with the Guess Who on July 10, 2008
Background information
Born (1943-08-11) August 11, 1943 (age 71)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1958 – present
Associated acts The Guess Who

Michael James "Jim" Kale (born August 11, 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a Canadian musician, best known as the bassist for The Guess Who.[1] Kale left the band in 1973, after the Live at the Paramount album. He was replaced by Bill Wallace, formerly of Winnipeg band, Brother. Kale was initially part of the Guess Who reunion that started in 1999, but was temporarily replaced by Wallace once again until his return in 2001. As of November 2004, Kale has been back touring with The Guess Who.

The 'Guess Who' name[edit]

When the Guess Who broke up in 1975, Kale registered the name as a legal corporation, something that had never been done. Since 1978, he has toured and recorded with a number of line-ups using the Guess Who name, sometimes with other former members, but rarely with former frontman, Burton Cummings. One exception was the 1983 Reunion Tour in Canada with Bachman, Kale, Cummings and Peterson.

After bowing out of the 1999 reunion tour, Kale continued to receive a share of earnings from the tour and CD/DVD releases, as per the contract he had negotiated with his former bandmates (replacement Wallace was paid out of other members' shares). That contract has since expired, and Kale is once again touring with The Guess Who, which currently (2014) also includes their original drummer, Garry Peterson.


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: The Guess Who". AMG. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 

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