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 MWC, Bell USA
Writer(s) Rich Dodson
Producer(s) Mel Shaw
The Stampeders singles chronology
"Gator Road"
(1971)
"Sweet City Woman"
(1971)
"Devil You"
(1971)

"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.

Awards[edit]

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
position
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".

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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
"Countryfied"
by George Hamilton IV
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

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