Sweet City Woman

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"Sweet City Woman"
Stamp City Woman.jpg
Single by The Stampeders
from the album Against the Grain
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"
(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 US). 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 number 1 hit in Canada, and reached number 8 in the US.[1] 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.

Awards[edit]

The band and song won numerous Juno Awards in 1972, including Best Single,[7] Songwriter of the Year (guitarist Rich Dodson), Record Producer of the Year (Mel Shaw), and the band was named Canada's Top Group.

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]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.5333&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.5333.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.5333
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  6. ^ Billboard. Books.google.com. 1971-12-25. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  7. ^ White, Adam (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7. 

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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