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Wurzels In The Charts

Everyone knows that Combine Harvester reached Number 1 in the charts, but how did all the other releases do - and what about the albums?

For this archive, we are taking the UK singles charts, and the UK Albums charts - and have gleaned the definitive statistics from the excellent chartstats.com website. Here is the complete run-down:

UK Singles | UK Albums | Irish Charts | Canadian Charts

UK Singles Charts

Drink Up Thy Cider Adge's pioneering debut single only managed one week in the charts - arriving at #45 on 4 February 1967, and disappearing the week after.
Combine Harvester First charted 15 May 1976 at #33, before climbing to #14 the week after (a climb that earned them a slot of Top Of The Pops). On 29th June they had reached #3 with Abba at the top with Fernando, and JJ Barrie just behind with No Charge. The week later JJ Barrie took over at the top with the Wurzels up to #2. And they finally reached #1 on 12 June 1976 and stayed there for two weeks before being knocked off the top by Real Thing's You To Me Are Everything. Combine Harvester stayed in the charts for 13 weeks.
I Am A Cider Drinker First charted 11th September 1976 entering the charts at #23 following a New Release appearance on Top Of The Pops the previous week. A week later it was up to #9, and it reached #3 on 25 September 1976. But that was as high as it went, dropping the week afterwards; I Am A Cider Drinker stayed in the charts for 9 weeks.
Farmer Bill's Cowman First charted in 25th June 1977 entering the charts at #45. It climbed to 39 the week after and peaked at #32 on 9 July 1977. Farmer Bill's Cowman stayed in the charts for 5 weeks.
Combine Harvester (2001 Remix) First charted in 11th August 2001 at #39, but dropped to #56 the week after and was gone for good after 2 weeks.
Don't Look Back In Anger First charted in 12 October 2002 at #59, before dropping straight out the week after.
I Am A Cider Drinker 2007 First charted in 5 May 2007 at #57, and also dropped straight out the week after.
Don't Look Back In Anger CD
One For The Bristol City First charted in 6 October 2007 at #66, but also dropped straight out the week after.

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UK Albums Charts

Adge Cutler And The Wurzels First charted in 11 March 1967 at #38, but dropped to #40 the week after before dropping out of the charts altogether.
Combine Harvester

First charted in 3 July 1976 at #50. It climbed up to #26 and then #21 in the subsequent weeks before peaking at #15 on 31 July 1976. Although it dropped out of the top 30 the following week, it returned for another two weeks peaking at #17.
It dropped out of the top 40 in the first week of September 1976, but immediately reappeared the following week climbing back up to #26 on the 18 September 1976 on the back of I Am A Cider Drinker's single chart success. It finally dropped out of the charts in mid-November, but made one last appearance at #58 on 29 January 1977 for no reason at all! Combine Harvester stayed in the album charts for 20 weeks in all and was without doubt the band's biggest selling album.

Golden Delicious First charted in 2 April 1977 at #32, but this was as high as it reached dropping to #48 the week after. Golden Delicious managed 5 weeks in the album charts.

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Irish Charts

From the Irish Charts Top 50 Singles Archive, The Wurzels had a modicum of chart success in 1977. Interesting to note that Combine Harvester was not a success in Ireland; perhaps not a surprise considering that the parody lyric writer Brendan Grace had topped the Irish Single Charts with the song the previous autumn.

I Am A Cider Drinker First charted in 1 October 1977 at #19, but also dropped straight out the week after.

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