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Stampeders

The early '70s saw a mini-boom in America for Canadian-born rockers -- apart from major players like Neil Young and the Band, and singles chart fixtures like the Guess Who, there was an entire wave of one-hit and near-one-hit wonders. The Stampeders were part of this group, a trio originally from Calgary, Alberta, who hit the Top Ten in 1971 with the infectiously catchy "Sweet City Woman." They later charted low in the Hot 100 with "Devil You," and brushed the Top 40 in 1976 with "Hit the Road Jack."

The Stampeders were originally formed as a rock sextet in 1964, playing the bar circuit in Calgary before they set out for Toronto in 1966, playing local clubs and building a name for themselves. They saw limited success as a recording act in Canada with the single "Morning Magic" in 1968, but it was soon after this that the group was reduced to a trio: Rich Dodson (guitar), Ronnie King (bass), and Kim Berly (drums). A year later, this version of the Stampeders had their first real success on record with the sublimely beautiful country-rocker "Carry Me," which charted in Canada and got released in America. Then, in 1971, they were signed to Bell Records, the New York-based label best known as the home of such pop/rock outfits as the Partridge Family and Tony Orlando & Dawn.

That summer, they had the biggest hit of their career with "Sweet City Woman," a genial piece of midtempo country-rock that reached the American Top Ten and did even better in Canada, so well and so widely played that some younger listeners from "down north" came to resent the group and its success. The group released an album to accompany the single, but somehow, "Sweet City Woman" was one of those songs that just didn't entice listeners to make the jump to laying out the extra money for the LP -- the Sweet City Woman album never did much, although the group was popular enough for a time to justify three subsequent albums (for different labels, including Capitol) and a bunch of singles, none of which sold very well.

Ironically, "Sweet City Woman" wasn't very representative of the Stampeders' sound, only one facet of it. Their music had its romantic side, but also incorporated elements of CCR-style swamp rock and roots rock, as befitted a band that had made its living playing bars in the Canadian far west. Their last entry on the American charts was a version of "Hit the Road Jack" which included a telephone conversation with disc jockey Wolfman Jack, which reached number 40 in 1976. This was around the time that the Wolfman had been made a virtual fixture in American popular culture, courtesy of George Lucas' American Graffiti and his subsequent appearances on television. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Steamin

1. Stand Up

2. New Orleans

3. Lovin' The Night Away

4. Broken Heart Surgery

5. Rock Of Gibraltor

6. Summer In The City

7. Hit The Road Jack

8. Wonder Woman

9. Hard Lovin' Woman

10. She Threw Me Away

11. Night Walker

12. We're Here To Rock And Roll

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Track List: Hit The Road

1. Play'in In The Band

2. Sweet Love Bandit

3. Things Are Getting Better

4. Let It Begin

5. Sally Ann

6. San Diego

7. C'est La Vie

8. All Night

9. Rock'n Roll Line

10. How Does She Do It

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Track List: Carryin' On

1. Devil You

2. The Difference It Makes

3. Stone Blind

4. Monday Morning Choo Choo

5. Carryin' On

6. Stick By You

7. Dead Man's Hand

8. Giant In The Street

9. Then Came The White Man

10. Wild Eyes

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Track List: Rock The Road Again

1. Carry Me

2. Oh My Lady

3. Sweet City Woman

4. Minstrel Gypsy

5. Hit The Road Jack

6. Wild Eyes

7. Memphis (Live)

8. Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo (Live)

9. The In Crowd

10. Got My Mojo Working

11. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

12. Hard Lovin' Woman

13. Please Don't Go With The Gang

14. Candles In The Night

15. Oh Mayme

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Track List: Against The Grain

1. Carry Me

2. Train To Nowhere

3. Gator Road

4. Only A Friend

5. Oklahoma Country

6. You Got To Go

7. Sweet City Woman

8. Sunday Prayin'

9. Tuscaloosa Women

10. With You I Got Wheels

11. I Didn't Love You Anyhow

12. Man From P.E.I.

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Track List: Ballsy

1. We're Here To Rock And Roll

2. Within You

3. "How Does He Do It?"

4. Bye Bye Johnny

5. Got My Mojo Working (Mojo)

6. Mama You

7. Are You Coming To Your Senses?

8. If You Really Want To

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Track List: Rubes Dudes & Rowdies

1. Minstrel Gypsy

2. No Destination

3. Mumbo Jumbo

4. Got To Get Me Back Home

5. I Don't Know (What To Call It)

6. Oh My Lady

7. My Caroline

8. Julia Get Up

9. Thunderclaps And Lightning

10. Johnny Lightning

11. Today Is The Beginning

12. Almost Home

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Track List: Platinum

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Track List: Backstage Pass

1. Devil You (Live)

2. Marigold (Live)

3. Goodbye Goodbye (Live)

4. Sweet City Woman (Live)

5. Running Wild (Live)

6. Then Came The White Man (Live)

7. Manitou (Live)

8. Intro (Live)

9. Blue Suede Shoes (Live)

10. In The Shadows (Live)

11. Somebody Help Me (Live)

12. In The Shadows (Reprise) (Live)

13. Rocky Mountain Home (Live)

14. Wild Eyes (Live)

15. Johnny Lightning (Live)

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Track List: From The Fire

1. Manitou

2. Wildfire

3. Me And My Stone

4. Goodbye Goodbye

5. Chariots Of The Gods

6. Rocky Mountain Home

7. Child Of The Midnight Sun

8. Ride In The Wind

9. Running Wild

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stampeders from Canada yeh
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Hard to believe you can find this great music on padora
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I hope Neil Young will remember , a Southern man don't need him around , anyhow...
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I no longer hate all canooks. Definitely hold the own with Guess Who, and Neil Young barely rates a second listen
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love Hard lovin women aawesome band,
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what a great band, Thanks Pandora

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