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Alternative Versions Of Wurzel Songs

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This section lists some of the known versions by other artists of songs recorded by The Wurzels or Adge Cutler - including parody versions. The list is by no means complete - if you know of any other alternative versions of Wurzel Songs not listed here, then Don't Tell 'Ee, Tell I!

Give time, I will separate this into Wurzels songs done by other artists, other artists songs done by The Wurzels, and songs parodied by The Wurzels.

Song:

Artist :

Notes:

Blackbird, The

Bernard Miles
The Yetties

Bernard Miles' version was featured in 'The Rent Collectors', an episode of the popular 1950s BBC Radio comedy series 'The Goon Show', in which he appeared that week as a guest. The Yetties recorded their version on their 1972 album 'Dorset Is Beautiful'.

Champion Dung Spreader, The

Steve Benbow

On Steve's album 'Of Predicaments And Situations'.

Chandler's Wife, The

Phil Harris

Phil Harris recorded a version of this song called 'The Thing' - the tune is the same as the old folk song 'The Lincolnshire Poacher'.

Charlton Mackrell Jugband, The

Trevor Crozier
The Yetties
The Plonkers


Trevor Crozier, who wrote the song, called his version 'The Piddletrenthide Jugband', after the Dorset village - The Yetties used the same title for their version. The Plonkers relocated it as the Dibden Purlieu Jug Band'. The village name isn't sung anyway, so it makes no difference to the song!

Combine Harvester

Melanie
Brendan Grace
The Wild Colonial Bhoys

Melanie's hit single 'Brand New Key' was the original song parodied by The Wurzels. Brendan Grace (who wrote the parody lyrics) had a #1 hit with 'Combine Harvester' in 1975 in the Ireland Singles Charts. The Wild Colonial Bhoys are a duo of Irish-Americans from Minneapolis who have parodied the parody, recording a song called 'Kinky Boots' - an anti-British Army version of the song. (The Americans hate it when countries occupy other countries - except when it's them doing the occupation, of course. Don't you just love 'em!)

Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee

Trevor Crozier

Trevor recorded two versions of this song (which he co-wrote) on his albums 'A Parcel Of Old Crams' and 'Trouble Over Bridgwater'.

Dorset Is Beautiful

The Yetties

The title track of their 1972 album.

Down On The Farm

Ian Whitcomb

Ian wrote and recorded this song himself - it was issued on an album and as a single.

Drink Up Thy Zider

Foster & Allen

This appears on the album 'Foster & Allen's Greatest Hits'. It has a slightly different title 'Drink Up The Cider' (sic) and the lyrics are slightly altered - for example, in the chorus they sing "We'll knock the milkmaids over...". Rather than Adge Cutler as composer, their version is credited to "Hurley, Cassidy" - presumably the slight differences in the words and title were considered enough to justify their claim to authorship - I wonder if Adge's lawyers would agree, though...?!

Farmer Bill's Cowman

Whistling Jack Smith

The original for this parody was an instrumental 'I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman', issued on Deram in 1967. As this was an instrumental, The Wurzels were credited for their new lyrics.

Five Foot Flirt

Cyril Tawney
The Yetties

Cyril Tawney wrote this song, and sung it on his album In Port accompanied by The Yetties, who also recorded their own version without Cyril!

Folk Song

Bernard Cribbins

This song was apparently from a stage show.

Gotta Have Tenderness

Glen Campbell

This song appeared on his album 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix'.

Harvest Of Love

Benny Hill

Co-written by the popular TV comedian, this was a hit for him in 1963.

I Am A Cider Drinker

George Baker
Jonathan King

The original of this song 'Paloma Blanca' was written by George Baker (under his real name), and was a hit for both him and Jonathan King.

I Couldn't Spell !!*@!

Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
Fred Wedlock

As far as I can tell, Sam The Sham's August 1968 version was the original of this song, predating Adge Cutler's. Fred Wedlock's came later.

I Wish I Was Back On The Farm

George Formby
The Yetties

George Formby's original version appeared in a 1940 film. The Yetties recorded it as an album track in the 1970s.

Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny

The Fivepenny Piece

This appeared on their live album The Fivepenny Piece On Stage.

Little Darlin'

The Diamonds
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

The Diamonds original version was a hit in the late 1950s. Wayne Fontana's was a 1960s beat cover.

Marrow Song, The

Billy Cotton

This was recorded by the famous bandleader on an album.

Morning Glory

Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy

An album track by the Irish duo..

My Threshing Machine

The Yetties
Fred Wedlock

This is an old song - Fred Wedlock's version is considerably different from the others.

Oom Pah Pah

From the musical Oliver!

From Lionel Bart's phenomenally successful musical stage show Oliver! (based on Dickens' Oliver Twist), which was later made into a popular film (1969). Both the original cast of the stage show's version and the film soundtrack version are available on record.

Poor, Poor Farmer

The Yetties

An album track recorded by The Yetties.

Pub With No Beer

Slim Dusty
The Dubliners

Slim Dusty's original hit version of this was followed by a sequel 'The Answer To A Pub With No Beer'. 'The Dubliners' version appeared on an album.

Riley's Cowshed

Clinton Ford
The Yetties

Clinton Ford's version of this song appeared on an album. The Yetties' version was titled 'Bandy Bertha's Birthday'.

Saturday Night At The Crown

Mike Yarwood

Issued as a 1968 single by the then-popular impressionist.

Speedy Gonzales

Pat Boone

A top ten hit for Pat Boone on both sides of the Atlantic in 1962.

Thee's Got'n Where Thee's Cassn't Back'n, Hassn't?

Fred Wedlock

On Fred's album 'The Folker'.

The Tractor Song

The Mixtures

The original version of this song was 'The Pushbike Song' - a big UK hit for this Australian band in early 1970s.

Twice Daily

The Wolfetones
The Yetties


Not surprisingly (since they're from Ireland) The Wolfetones' version of this song is sung in an Irish style - they've even added their own sing-along chorus! The Yetties' version is available on one of their CDs.

Virtute Et Industrial

Fred Wedlock

Fred Wedlock's version of Adge's homage to Bristol appears on a "mini-LP" (i.e. a 7-inch one!) about the city's sounds and culture.

The Wurple-Diddle-I-Do Song (The Village Band)

Will Glahe

Adge set his own words to this old German tune known as Dorfmusik (Village Music). There must be many other versions but this is the only one I've found so far..

Willie The Shake

The Scaffold

The original of this song was 'Lily The Pink', a number one UK chart hit for The Scaffold in the late 1960s.

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