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7" Vinyl single
CBS S 8067

"Little Darlin' " - Adge Cutler & The Wurzels
(Released: May 12 1972)

A Side
Little Darlin (M Williams)

B Side
Mother Nature Calling (T Bayliss / R Quantrell)

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Professor Wurzel's Disc Notes:

Issued on the CBS label, this single was not a typical Wurzels song, and apart from a Benny Hill-style spoken bit in the middle, it doesn't sound like Adge Cutler and The Wurzels at all. The song was originally a hit in 1957 for the American group The Diamonds, and this single is a fairly straight cover of the original - apart from the spoken bit by Adge of course. The song was written by Maurice Williams who originally recorded it in the USA with his group The Gladiolas.

Pete Budd recalls that the producer Roger Easterby ( of Chicory Tip etc ) contacted Adge in the belief that 'Little Darlin' would have a much bigger crossover appeal than many of his previous songs.Commercially, he thought it would be a big hit. Unfortunately this hope didn't materialise and the single failed to chart.

The single is notable in the fact that it was the first Wurzel record to be released outside the UK - copies were manufactured and released in France, Holland and Germany. Foreign fans were treated to picture sleeves on their purchases - as can be seen above. The French however had a minor problem at the printers and released a sleeve showing a band who certainly weren't the Wurzels!

The 'b' side of this single - 'Mother Nature Calling' was written by band members Reg Quantrell and Tony Baylis. The song has never been re-released - and is a wonderful little skip-along fun number by the band - definitely worth a listen!

Band line-up (not credited on disc):

Adge Cutler          The Wurzels - Reg Quantrell, Tommy Banner, Tony Baylis

Production :

Producer: Roger Easterby & Des Champ for CBS Santa Ponsa Productions and distributed by PYE records.

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