Thursday, November 08, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Stampeders
Song:Sweet City Woman
The Stampeders had their only US top ten hit with Sweet City Woman in 1971. It was also their only number one hit in Canada. They had six top ten hits in Canada. The Stampeders were formed in Calgary in 1964 as The Rebounds. The founding members were Rich Dodson, Len Roemer, Brendan Lyttle, Kim Berly and Race Holiday. They renamed themselves The Stampeders and Roemer was replaced by Ronnie King and Van Louis. They moved to Toronto in 1966 and by 1968 were a trio of Dodson, Berly and King. Dodson was the lead singer but all three wrote songs. They signed with Mel Shaw's MWC label and Carry Me reached #2 on the RPM Singles chart in Canada. This got the attention of Bell Records and The Stampeders signed with them for the US. Sweet City Woman reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Canadian charts. They won three Juno Awards including Best Song for Dodson's Sweet City Woman. Though they continued to have hits in Canada with Devil You and Wild Eyes, Sweet City Woman was The Stampeders only big US hit. They charted one last time with a cover of Hit The Road Jack featuring Wolfman Jack and then split up in 1976. The Montreal label Unidisc now owns The Stampeders recordings and you can get all their hits on this comp. After the split, Rich Dodson opened his recording studio Marigold Studios. He has released solo albums and produced and engineered plenty of artists. The Stampeders reunited in 1992 and continue to tour Canada today. Here's a video of The Stampeders performing Sweet City Woman at the 1971 Calgary Stampede.