The Stampeders (band)

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The Stampeders
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The Stampeders in 1971: from left to right, Ronnie King (bass, vocals), Rich Dodson (guitar, vocals), Kim Berly (drums, vocals).
Background information
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Rock
Years active 1964–1977,
Labels MWC, The Marigold Label
Members Rich Dodson
Ronnie King
Kim Berly
Past members Len Roemer
Brendan Lyttle
Race Holiday
Van Louis
Gary Storin
Bob Allwood
Doug Macaskill
Roy Vansprang
Ian Kojima
David Norse Elye

The Stampeders are a Canadian rock trio, consisting of Rich Dodson (guitar, vocals), Ronnie King (bass, vocals), and Kim Berly (drums, vocals).[1]


The band formed in Calgary, Alberta in 1964 as The Rebounds.[2] The Rebounds had five members: Rich Dodson, Len Roemer, Brendan Lyttle, Kim Berly, and Race Holiday. They renamed themselves The Stampeders in 1965 and Len Roemer was replaced with Ronnie King and Van Louis. In 1966 they relocated to Toronto, Ontario, and became a trio in 1968 when Lyttle, Louis, and Holiday left. In 1971 they had a hit with "Sweet City Woman," which won Best Single at the Juno Awards, reached #1 on the RPM magazine charts, and #8 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] Written by Dodson, the track stayed in the Billboard chart for 16 weeks and the disc sold a million by September 1971, and the R.I.A.A. granted gold disc status.[2] They also won Juno Awards for Best Group, Best Producer (Mel Shaw), and Best Composer (Dodson) that year.[4]

In 1976 they had another U.S. hit with "Hit The Road Jack", featuring Wolfman Jack. In Canada they went on to score twelve Top 5 hits.

Dodson left the group in 1977, with Berly and King recruited new members for the LP Platinum (1977) before Berly departed leaving King to bring in three new members for the LP Ballsy (1979) before completely disbanding shortly after. The hitmaking trio reunited at the Calgary Stampede in 1992. They released a new album in 1998 titled Sure Beats Working.

On November 21, 2011, The Stampeders received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCAN at the 2011 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[5]

They continue to this day to tour Canada doing fairs, festivals, casinos and theatres.[6]



Year Album Chart Positions CRIA
1971 Against the Grain (retitled Sweet City Woman in the U.S.) 10 172 Gold
Carryin' On 16  — Gold
1973 Rubes, Dudes & Rowdies 15
From the Fire 12
1974 New Day 23
Backstage Pass 33
1975 Steamin' 22
1976 Hit the Road 15
1977 Platinum
The Best of the Stampeders Gold
1979 Ballsy 71
1983 Over Seventy Minutes with the Stampeders
1985 Greatest Hits Volume 1
Greatest Hits Volume 2
1998 Sure Beats Working


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1967 "Morning Magic" 23 Singles only
1968 "Be a Woman" 51
1969 "Crosswalk" 95
1971 "Carry Me" 2 1 11 Against the Grain
"Gator Road" 28
"Sweet City Woman" 1 1 1 8
"Devil You" 8 61 Carryin' On
1972 "Monday Morning Choo Choo" 9 2
"Wild Eyes" 2
"Carryin' On" 20
1973 "Johnny Lightning" 48 Rubes, Dudes & Rowdies
"Oh My Lady" 12 2 115
"Minstrel Gypsy" 6 3
1974 "Running Wild" 18 From the Fire
"Me and My Stone" 27 6
"Ramona" 18 New Day
1975 "Hit the Road Jack" 6 40 Steamin'
"New Orleans" 35
1976 "Playing in the Band" 21 Hit the Road
"Sweet Love Bandit" 39
"San Diego" 71
1979 "Got My Mojo Working" 48 Ballsy
1984 "Baby with You" 26 Over Seventy Minutes with the Stampeders
1996 "Oh Belinda" 47 Sure Beats Working
1997 "Hometown Boy" 39

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Stampeders". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 303. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Adam White & Fred Bronson (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 3, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Interview With Rich Dodson". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 847. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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