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Big In Canada!

The Wurzels In The Canadian Singles Charts

The search for information about how well The Wurzels have sold overseas has come back with some information about their Canadian chart success. This was undertaken to prove (or otherwise) the urban - well, rural - myth that The Wurzels really had TWO chart-topping hits, and that The Blackbird had reached #1 in Canada.

Sadly evidence seems to show that this is, in truth, only a myth. Online archives of the Canadian RPM Weekly Single Charts (see below) reveal that although the band did achieve some success in Canada, it was relatively minor. They did not reach the Official Single Charts, but had some success in the Adult Contemporary and the Country Singles charts in 1977 with Combine Harvester (cat: ATTIC 139-K) and I Am A Cider Drinker (cat: ATTIK 151-K).

Interesting to note that I Am A Cider Drinker did better, reaching #11 in the Adult Contemporary Charts to Combine Harvester's #19. Still, considering the distance from North Somerset, any chart success is a major achievement!

Research is still underway to find any information about releases, sales and any chart success in other territories (especially USA and Australia)

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Adult Contemporary Charts

Volume 26, No. 17, January 22 1977 - Combine Harvester #44
Volume 26, No. 18, January 29 1977 - Combine Harvester #35
Volume 26, No. 19, February 05 1977 - Combine Harvester #33
Volume 26, No. 20, February 12 1977 - Combine Harvester #30
Volume 26, No. 21, February 19 1977 - Combine Harvester #28
Volume 26, No. 22, February 26 1977 - Combine Harvester #25
Volume 26, No. 23, March 05 1977 - Combine Harvester #19
Volume 26, No. 24, March 12 1977 - Combine Harvester #33; I Am A Cider Drinker #41
Volume 26, No. 25, March 19 1977 - Combine Harvester #42; I Am A Cider Drinker #34
Volume 26, No. 26, March 26 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #28
Volume 27, No. 1, April 02 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #26
Volume 27, No. 2, April 09 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #24
Volume 27, No. 3, April 16 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #22
Volume 27, No. 4, April 23 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #17
Volume 27, No. 5, April 30 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #15
Volume 27, No. 6, May 07 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #14
Volume 27, No. 7, May 14 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #13
Volume 27, No. 8, May 21 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #11
Volume 27, No. 9, May 28 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #14
Volume 27, No. 10, June 04 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #21

Country Singles Charts

Volume 26, No. 17, January 22 1977 - Combine Harvester #46 (new)
Volume 26, No. 18, January 29 1977 - Combine Harvester #45
Volume 26, No. 19, February 05 1977 - Combine Harvester #25
Volume 26, No. 20, February 12 1977 - Combine Harvester #23
Volume 26, No. 21, February 19 1977 - Combine Harvester #37
Volume 26, No. 22, February 26 1977 - nothing
Volume 26, No. 23, March 05 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #48 (new)
Volume 26, No. 24, March 12 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #48
Volume 26, No. 25, March 19 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #42
Volume 26, No. 26, March 26 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #40
Volume 27, No. 1, April 02 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #35
Volume 27, No. 2, April 09 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #36
Volume 27, No. 3, April 16 1977 - I Am A Cider Drinker #32

The Wurzels

Front side of the USA release of the Combine Harvester single on the ABC Dot label.

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