Before there was “American Woman,” there was “Canadian Dentist.” Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Bacon dug up a rare “early version” of the Guess Who’s 1969 hard rock hit on their “First Drafts of Rock” bit from Thursday’s Tonight Show.
Fallon fronted the performance, decked out in a slick white suit and fake, Burt Reynolds-ish mustache. Bacon, his face often obscured by a shoulder-length wig, handled bass guitar and joined as a second lead vocalist. The duo and their eclectically fashioned backing band played against a glowing, Seventies-styled backdrop.
The song started off with Fallon belting the regular hook about an “American Woman” – but from there, the singers shifted to every possible iteration of “person plus profession.” “Canadian dentist, listen what I mean/ Canadian dentist, keepin’ my teeth clean,” Bacon shrieked. “Australian lawyer, better win my case/ Australian lawyer, I gotta mangled face,” Fallon responded. Other attempts included “Mexican tutor,” “Brazilian locksmith,” “Jamaican accountant,” “Turkish beekeeper,” “Italian umpire,” “Egyptian barber,” “Dominican barber” and “Portuguese plumber.”