Sour Suite

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"Sour Suite"
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Cover of the 1971 German single
Single by The Guess Who
from the album So Long, Bannatyne
B-side"Life in the Bloodstream"
ReleasedOctober 1971 (CAN)
November 1971 (US)
Recorded1971 at RCA's Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago, Illinois
LabelNimbus Records 0578 (CAN)
RCA Victor 0578 (US)
Songwriter(s)Burton Cummings
Producer(s)Jack Richardson
The Guess Who singles chronology
"Rain Dance"
"Sour Suite"
"Heartbroken Bopper"

"Sour Suite" is a song written by Burton Cummings and performed by The Guess Who. It reached #12 in Canada[1] and #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.[2] The song was featured on their 1971 album, So Long, Bannatyne.[3] Cummings said it took between two and three days to write the song. Its lyric about being "back in 46201" refers to a zip code for Indianapolis. Cummings took it from the return address of a letter sent to him by a female fan.[4]

The song was produced by Jack Richardson.[5]

The single's B-side, "Life in the Bloodstream", also charted reaching #39 in Canada.[6]


  1. ^ The Guess Who, "Sour Suite" Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 11, 2015
  2. ^ The Guess Who, "Sour Suite" United States Chart Position Retrieved March 11, 2015
  3. ^ The Guess Who, So Long, Bannatyne Retrieved March 11, 2015
  4. ^ Peter Howell. "Second Cummings: Guess Who's Back on the Charts for the First Time in Years?" Edmonton (Alberta) Journal, May 8, 1996, p. B 6.
  5. ^ The Guess Who, "Sour Suite" Canadian single release Retrieved March 11, 2015
  6. ^ The Guess Who, "Life in the Bloodstream" Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 11, 2015