Sweet City Woman

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"Sweet City Woman"
Single by The Stampeders
from the album Against the Grain
A-side Sweet City Woman
B-side Gator Road
Released May 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 3:27
Label Bell, Philips, MWC
Writer(s) Rich Dodson
Producer(s) Mel Shaw
The Stampeders singles chronology
"Gator Road"
"Sweet City Woman"
"Devil You"

"Sweet City Woman" is a 1971 song by Canadian rock band The Stampeders. The song appeared on their debut album Against the Grain (retitled Sweet City Woman in the U.S.). The song features a banjo as a primary instrument, which is also mentioned in the lyrics: "The banjo and me, we got a feel for singing."

Chart performance[edit]

The single spent four weeks as a #1 hit in Canada, and reached #8 in the U.S. charts.[1] It also climbed to #1 on the Canadian country music and Adult contemporary charts. Also marketed in Canada by Quality Records as an instrumental and French lyrics version (translated by female at Quality Records).


The band and song won numerous Juno Awards in 1972, including Best Single,[2] Songwriter of the Year (guitarist Rich Dodson), Record Producer of the Year (Mel Shaw), and the band was named Canada's Top Group.

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many musicians over the years, including:

The song can be heard in the Canadian commercial for "Dempster's Bread Farmer".


  • Rich Dodson: Vocal, Banjo, Lead electric guitar
  • Ronnie King: Bass
  • Kim Berly: Drums


  1. ^ "Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  2. ^ White, Adam (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7. 
Preceded by
by George Hamilton IV
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 28 - September 4, 1971
Succeeded by
"I'm Just Me"
by Charley Pride