Sweet City Woman
|"Sweet City Woman"|
|Single by The Stampeders|
|from the album Against the Grain|
|Genre||Rock, country rock|
|Label||Bell, Philips, MWC|
|The Stampeders singles chronology|
"Sweet City Woman" is a 1971 song by Canadian rock band The Stampeders, appearing on their debut album Against the Grain (retitled Sweet City Woman in the US). It features a banjo as a primary instrument, which is also mentioned in the lyrics: "The banjo and me, we got a feel for singing."
The single spent four weeks as a number 1 hit in Canada, and reached number 8 in the US. It also climbed to number 1 on the Canadian country music and adult contemporary charts. The song was also marketed in Canada by Quality Records with instrumental and French lyric versions.
The band and song won numerous Juno Awards in 1972, including Best Single, Songwriter of the Year (guitarist Rich Dodson), Record Producer of the Year (Mel Shaw), and the band was named Canada's Top Group.
- British band The Dave Clark Five, in 1971, as the Stampeders single failed to chart in the UK.
- American country music artist Johnny Carver, in 1977. Carver's version peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.
- Tompall & the Glaser Brothers, whose release went to number 34 on the same chart in 1980.
- Canadian country music band Jo Hikk, on their 2009 album Ride.
- Rapper Kyprios, who released "City Woman", a song which blended a rerecorded version of "Sweet City Woman" with original lyrics, in 2011.
- "Champagne music" bandleader Lawrence Welk, on his Go Away Little Girl album.
- Produced by Mel Shaw
- Engineered by Terry Brown
- Recorded at Toronto Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Rich Dodson – vocal, banjo, lead electric guitar
- Ronnie King – bass
- Kim Berly – drums
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