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"Sweet City Woman" is a 1971 song by Canadian rock band The Stampeders, appearing on their debut album Against the Grain (retitled Sweet City Woman in the US). It features a banjo as a primary instrument, which is also mentioned in the lyrics: "The banjo and me, we got a feel for singing."

"Sweet City Woman"
Stamp City Woman.jpg
Single by The Stampeders
from the album Against the Grain
B-side"Gator Road"
ReleasedMay 1971
GenreRock, country rock
LabelBell, Philips, MWC
Songwriter(s)Rich Dodson
Producer(s)Mel Shaw
The Stampeders singles chronology
"Gator Road"
"Sweet City Woman"
"Devil You"

Chart performanceEdit

The single spent four weeks as a number 1 hit in Canada, and reached number 8 in the US.[1] It also climbed to number 1 on the Canadian country music and adult contemporary charts. The song was also marketed in Canada by Quality Records with instrumental and French lyric versions.


The band and song won numerous Juno Awards in 1972, including Best Single,[9] Songwriter of the Year (guitarist Rich Dodson), Record Producer of the Year (Mel Shaw), and the band was named Canada's Top Group.

Cover versionsEdit

The song has been covered by many musicians over the years, including:

The song can be heard during a flashback scene in the Better Call Saul episode "Inflatable," and in the Canadian commercial for "Dempster's Bread Farmer".


  • Produced by Mel Shaw
  • Engineered by Terry Brown
  • Recorded at Toronto Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Rich Dodson – vocal, banjo, lead electric guitar
  • Ronnie King – bass
  • Kim Berly – drums


  1. ^ "Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders". Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  2. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1971-08-14. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 226.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  8. ^ Billboard. 1971-12-25. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  9. ^ White, Adam (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7.

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