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Little Darlin'
Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

CBS 8067

Release Date: 12th May 1972

Side 1

  1. Little Darlin' (Maurice Williams)

Side 2

  1. Mother Nature Calling (Tony Baylis, Reg Quantrill)

Band line-up: Adge Cutler (vocals), Reg Quantrill (banjo and guitar), Tommy Banner (accordion and piano) and Tony Baylis (tuba and bass).

Produced for Santa Ponsa Productions by Roger Easterby and Des Champ.

In 1972, Adge Cutler was approached by the Roger Easterby, the recording manager of pop bands Vanity Fair and Chicory Tip. Roger and record producer Des Champ had weaved some magic with the Giorgio Moroder-penned song Son Of My Father which had given Chicory Tip a #1 UK hit single, and charted across Europe, and Roger convinced Adge that he could do the same with Little Darlin'.

Somehow a deal was struck with EMI which allowed Adge Cutler & The Wurzels to release the single was through rivals CBS Records. The single was the first Adge Cutler & The Wurzels release to be simultaeously released across Europe with releases in the UK, Germany, Holland and France (the German and Dutch releases are shown below). But as it was, EMI didn't have a lot to worry about, because the single sank without a trace in all territories.

All in all, this is a bit of an oddity. Little Darlin' is a very un-Wurzelish song. Apart from a Benny Hill-style spoken bit in the middle, it doesn't sound like Adge Cutler and The Wurzels at all. The song was originally a hit in 1957 for the American group The Diamonds, and this is a fairly straight apart cover of the original - from the aforementioned spoken bit by Adge. The song was written by Maurice Williams who originally recorded it in USA with his group The Gladiolas - he later went on to have a big hit Stay with The Zodiacs in 1960.

Although never released on an Adge Cutler and The Wurzels album, Little Darlin' did make rather a surprising appearance on The Wurzels' 1983 Freshly Cut compilation album. The b-side - the more classic Wurzelly Scrumpy & Western song Mother Nature Calling - has never been released on any album or compilation.

As the picture sleeve top right shows, CBS's marketing of the single went somewhat awry. The picture shows no sign of Adge, Reg, Tommy or Tony - indeed it is a five-piece that looks like a totally different band!

Little Darlin' was re-issued in 1974 after Adge's death on the Santa Ponsa label, and manufactured and distributed by Pye Records.

Front sleeve artwork with the 'mystery band'

Promotional release of the single with the release date marked.

a-side of the German release of the single

a-side of the German release of the single

a-side of the Dutch release of the single

b-side of the Dutch release of the single

 

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