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Wurzelography - Timeline

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Year
Events

Releases

1966

Adge Cutler 'broke into' band manager John Miles' office with demos, and the idea of Adge Cutler & The Wurzels was conceived. (June)

Adge Cutler (vocals) gathers together the orginal band line-up of Reg Quantrill (banjo and guitar), Reg Chant (accordion), John Macey (bass) and Brian Walker (tuba) and starts gigging (July).

Adge Cutler & The Wurzels are signed to EMI. Bob Barrett is assigned the job of producing the band's debut album; he stays as producer for the extent of the EMI contract.

The band's debut album is recorded at the Royal Oak in Nailsea (November)

Drink Up Thy Zider single released (December)

Scrumpy & Western EP released (December)

Adge Cutler & The Wurzels album released with the founding band line-up. (December)

1967

In February 1967 Adge's pioneering debut single reaches the national charts, reaching #45 in the official UK Singles Charts.

March 1967 sees the first album success for the band, as Adge Cutler & The Wurzels hit the official UK Albums Charts at #38. This is as good as it gets, and the album only stays in the charts for two weeks.

Brian Walker leaves the band after the success of the Adge Cutler & The Wurzels album. He is not immediately replaced, and Adge Cutler's Family Album is recorded as a four-piece line-up.

Henry Davies is drafted into the band as tuba player to fill the gap left by Brian.

John Macey leaves The Wurzels. Henry adds bass player to his job description.

Reg Chant leaves The Wurzels after the release of Adge Cutler's Family Album. He is replaced on by Tommy Banner (accordion, organ and piano) who arrived in 5th November 1967.

Henry Davies quits the band to join the New Vaudeville Band, and is replaced by tuba player Melt Kingston who has one day to learn to how to play the band's repertoire - and the upright bass!

The Champion Dung Spreader single released. (March)

I Wish I Was Back On The Farm single released.

All Over Mendip single released.

Adge Cutler's Family Album album released with the Cutler, Quantrill, Chant, Macey line-up.

1968 Melt Kingston and Henry Davies switch bands, with Henry rejoining The Wurzels, and Melt off to join the New Vaudeville Band.

Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee single released. (April)

Up The Clump single released. (August)

Ferry To Glastonbury single released. (September)

Cutler Of The West album released with the Cutler, Quantrill, Banner, Davis line-up. Henry Davis is also the album's musical arranger and arranger.

1969

In January, Henry Davies leaves The Wurzels again, this time for good (although he does reman a good friend of Adge and the band). He is replaced by another Londoner Tony 'Gaffer' Baylis (bass & sousaphone).

Carry On Cutler! album released with the Cutler, Quantrill, Banner, Bayliss line-up. Henry Davis continues in the role as album's musical arranger and arranger.

1970    
1971   Poor, Poor Farmer single released. (May)
1972   Little Darlin' single released. (May)
1973    
1974

Reg Quantrill leaves The Wurzels. He is replaced by Pete Budd (guitar and banjo) on a "temporary basis".

On Sunday 5th May, Adge Cutler dies in car accident returning home from a series of gigs at the Crystal Rooms in Hereford.

At a meeting at John Miles' offices, the future of the band is very much in doubt. Pete Budd is offered the lead vocal role in the band.

The Wurzels make their debut post-Adge with several nights at The Globe Inn, near Bath. The success of these gigs gives John Miles and the band members the confidence to carry on without Adge.

Drink Up Thy Zider single re-released. (June)

Little Darlin' single re-released. (July)

The Very Best Of Adge Cutler compilation album released.

Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee compilation album released.

1975 In October 1975, Irish comedian Brendan Grace topped the IRMA Top 50 Singles Charts in Ireland with a parody song he had penned called Combine Harvester. Never did much in the UK for him though...

I'm The Captain Of The Dredger single planned but never released. (May)

The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! album released with the Banner, Baylis, Budd line-up. (July)

1976

May 1976 sees The Wurzels charting with their version of Combine Harvester. The single spends 13 weeks in the official UK Singles Charts, and reaches #1 in June 1976 staying there for two weeks.

July 1976 sees the The Combine Harvester album also charting. It reaches #15 in July 1976 in the official UK Albums Charts, and stays in the charts for 20 weeks in all and is without doubt the band's biggest selling album.

In September 1976, the follow-up single I Am A Cider Drinker spends nine weeks in the official UK Singles Charts reaching #3.

Combine Harvester makes the End Of Year Singles Charts, being UK's 16th top-selling single of the 1976.

Combine Harvester single released. (April)

The Combine Harvester album released with the Banner, Baylis, Budd line-up. (July)

I Am A Cider Drinker single released. (September)

Morning Glory single released. (November)

1977

January 1977 sees The Wurzels first hitting the Canadian charts, as Combine Harvester debuts in the RPM Adult Contemporary and the Country Singles Charts. Combine Harvester would peak at #19 in the Adult Contemporary charts.

March 1977 sees I Am A Cider Drinker join Combine Harvester in the Canadian charts where it would slightly out-perform Combine Harvester by reaching #11 in the Adult Contemporary charts.

In April 1977, the Golden Delicious album hits the official UK Albums Charts at #32, but this is as high as it ever reaches.

June 1977 sees The Wurzels back in the official UK Singles Charts with Farmer Bill's Cowman which peaks at #32 on 9 July.

Golden Delicious album released with the Banner, Baylis, Budd line-up. (April)

Farmer Bill's Cowman single released. (June)

Give Me England! single released. (September)

One For The Bristol City single released. (September)

Give Me England! album released with the Banner, Baylis, Budd line-up. (December)

1978 Ed Welch first works with The Wurzels as musical arranger and director

The Tractor Song single released. (May)

Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee 1974 compilation album re-released with bonus tracks. (June)

I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here single released. (August)

I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here album released with the Banner, Baylis, Budd line-up. (November)

1979  

I Am A Cider Drinker compilation album released. (June)

The Wurzels Greatest Hits compilation album released. (November)

1980

EMI terminates their recording contract with The Wurzels. As a result Bob Barrett is no longer available as producer.

The Wurzels' manager sets up his own record label John Miles Records, with The Wurzels I Hate JR single being the label's first release.

 

Drunk On A Saturday Night single released. (February)

I Hate JR single released on John Miles label. (April)

Adge Cutler's Cider-Drinking Favourites compilation album released. (June)

I Shot JR single released. (April)

Vintage Zider compilation album released.

If You Got Nothin' On Tonight single released. (November)

Combine Harvester original 1976 single re-released on HMV label. (November)

1981 John Morgan joins The Wurzels (drums) The Wurzels compilation album released. (June)
1982   Coughin' Song single released. (March)
1983 Sometime after the release of Freshly Cut, the band expanded to a five-piece with the arrival of keyboard player Terry Pascoe. We have no exactly details as to when Terry joined or left.

Wurzel Rap single released. (March)

Freshly Cut album released with the Banner, Baylis, Budd line-up.

1984

January 1984, Tony Baylis leaves The Wurzels. He is replaced by Jai Howe (bass).

 
1985

Jai Howe leaves The Wurzels. He is replaced by Mike Gwilliam (bass). Exact year unrecorded.

 
1986   All Fall Down single released. (October)
1987 John Miles resigns as The Wurzels manager.  
1988  

The Wurzels 1981 compilation album re-released on CD.

Sunny Weston-Super-Mare single released. (September)

1989    
1990    
1991   The Wurzels and Adge Cutler & The Wurzels compilation album released on CD.
1992    
1993    
1994    
1995 Mike Gwilliam leaves The Wurzels. He is replaced by Dave 'Squire' Wintour (bass)

Mendip Magic 'Live' live album released on cassette.

I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver single released. (September)

Wurzel Hits, The Road live album planned but never released.

1996    
1997    
1998    
1999 Paul Gunningham sets-up the Wurzelmania! website, and starts to harrass EMI to re-issue Adge & Wurzels albums.  
2000

Sil Wilcox takes over as The Wurzels manager (date not confirmed).

The Wurzels play the Glastonbury Festival, headling on the Band Stand.

The Finest 'Arvest compilation album released on CD. (July)
2001 August 2001 sees the Combine Harvester 2001 Remix single giving The Wurzels their first chart succes for over a decade as it debuts at #39 in the official UK Singles Charts.

The Wurzels Collection compilation album released on CD. (April)

Combine Harvester 2001 Remix single released. (June)

The Finest 'Arvest compilation album re-released on CD. (August)

Come On Santa! single released. (December)

2002

Dave Wintour leaves The Wurzels. He is replaced by Jai Howe back for a second stint in the band.

Amid huge press and radio interest, The Wurzels are back in the official UK Singles Charts as Don't Look Back In Anger reaches #59 in October 2002.

The Wurzels Live live album and video released.

Don't Look Back In Anger single released. (September)

Never Mind The Bullocks new studio album released on CD. (November)

2003  

Make Love Not War single released pulled. (March)

Cutler Of The West original 1968 album re-released on CD. (July)

2004 Bob Barrett passes away at the age of 65 on Monday 26th January 2004.

A Taste of the West album released on CD. (June)

Ferry to Glastonbury EP planned but not released. (June)

Feed The Wurzels single released. (December)

2005

November 2005 saw Tommy Banner in hospital with prostate cancer. Tommy won the fight and continues to raise money to fight the disease.

Louie Nicastro, the band's producer and sound engineer covers for Tommy, playing keyboards while Tommy is unavailable.

 
2006 April 2006 - Tommy wins the fight, and is back playing live with The Wurzels again!

Peter Crouch In Lederhosen single released. (June)

Top Of The Crops live album released on CD. (September)

Remember Me single released. (November)

2007

March 2007 sees The Wurzels most suitable merchandise ever - bottles of 'Wurzels Me Cider' released by Thatchers Cider in aid of the BUI Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

May 2007 sees The Wurzels with Tony Blackburn back in the official UK Singles Charts as I Am a Cider Drinker 07 debuts at #57.

Jai Howe leaves The Wurzels for the second time, diagnosed with a brain tumour. He is replaced by Sedge Moore (bass)

November 2007 sees Tommy Banner celebrate 40 years as a Wurzel.

October 2007 sees The Wurzels achieving two hit singles in the same year for the first time since 1976 as One For The Bristol City reaches #66 in the official UK Singles Charts.

I Am a Cider Drinker 07 single released. (April)

The Wurzels Greatest Hits new compilation album released on CD. (May)

One For The Bristol City single released. (September)

2008 Jai Howe passes away on Monday 4th of February 2008.  

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