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The story starts in the summer of 1966 when Adge Cutler visited John Miles office with little more than a number of songs he had written. The name Adge Cutler and The Wurzels was conceived, a recording contract was negotiated with EMI and in the autumn of 1966 a single Drink up Thy Zider was released. This record sold over 100,000 copies and appearances followed on a number of TV shows including David Frost Show, Simon Dee, etc. Further records were released with cabaret and concert appearances all over the country.
The name of Adge Cutler and The Wurzels was slowly spreading until a fateful morning in May 1974 when Adge Cutler was killed in a road accident. The Wurzels decided to continue on their own and in April 1976 they finally hit jackpot with their hit Combine Harvester which was a parody of Melanies Brand New Key. Combine Harvester is about a country fella trying to get his hands on a wenchs (wait for it) bit of land. Well at least thats what the record implies. The familiarity of the tune and the jolly sound captured many folks imaginations and sent the record up the charts. It made No 1 and sold nearly 400,000 copies in the U.K. alone. The B-side Blackbird was No 1 in Canada.
Although the band weren’t topping the charts and appearing on TV with such regularity as in the mid 1970s, life was no less busy as they continued to perform for fans old and new alike – but with the dawn of the new millennium things were about to take off once again.
Demand for Wurzel music has also resulted in yet another ‘Greatest Hits’ collection - there appears to be no end to the phenomenon of ‘The Wurzels’ – hardly a day goes by now when they can’t be found on stage, appearing on TV shows, raising money for charities close to their hearts and most of all bringing so much pleasure to so many people with simple sing-along numbers extolling the virtues of living in the land of cider and sunshine.
The Wurzels are regularly asked how long will they keep going. The band always respond that they intend to keep going whilst they enjoy performing – and that suits the rest of us just fine!
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