The Wurzels are a Scrumpy and Western band from Somerset, England, best known for their number one hit "The Combine Harvester" and number three hit "I Am A Cider Drinker" in 1976.
After the huge success of Combiner Harvester the Wurzels knew that they would have difficulty maintaining this level. The problem was solved very quickly when Pete Budd was playing around with the tune ‘Una Paloma Blanca’; the lyrics ‘When the moon shines on the cowshed’ materialised out of the scrumpy-laden air and their follow-up single ‘Cider Drinker’ was born. This record, rocketing up the charts and selling 250,000 copies, proved to the world that the Wurzels were not a one-hit wonder and were indeed here to stay!
Another single, ‘Morning Glory’ also hit the charts as 1976 rapidly turned into Wurzel-year. With all this chart success appearances all over the country in a wide variety of venues were scheduled from cowsheds to top nightclubs and a constant stream of bookings for radio and television such as ‘Arrows’, ‘Multi Coloured Swap Shop’. ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Saturday Scene’, ‘Pebble Mill at One’, ‘Seaside Special’ and ‘The Ken Dodd Show’.
For several years Wurzel life was a mixture of touring - two sell-out nationwide tours and
world tours taking in Canada (which gave them their first No.1 single outside the UK with Combine Harvester/The Blackbird), Tenerife, the Middle East and Cyprus – and TV appearances finding time to appear on numerous shows including ‘That’s Life’, ‘Crackerjack’ and ‘The Basil Brush Show’.
Four more albums and seven singles of fresh Wurzel music hit the shops over the next few years – and the record company was forced to release several ‘best of’ compilations to satisfy demand! But as with all chart-busting groups eventually the pace had to slow – even lashings of the local scrumpy couldn’t help the boys keep up this neck-breaking speed of life!
In 1986 with the release of the single ‘All Fall Down’ – a little ditty reminding us of the perils of over-indulging in the zummerzet brew - life for the Wurzels returned to a more sedentary style as they decided to return to their roots away from the glare of the cameras and once again appear in the local pubs and clubs where they so enjoyed performing.