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The Wurzels – The Artist
The Wurzels are a Scrumpy and Western band from Somerset, England, best known for their hit s” The Combine Harvester” and “I Am A Cider Drinker”. The name of the band was dreamt up by founder Adge Cutler. It appears to be short for mangelwurzel, a crop grown to feed livestock, and wurzel is also sometimes used in the UK as a synonym for yokel. The Wurzels’ particular “genre” of music was named Scrumpy and Western after the group’s first EP of the same name, issued early in 1967. Scrumpy is a name given to traditionally-made rough cider in southwest England, popular amongst The Wurzels and their fans, and frequently referred to in their songs. The Wurzels were formed in 1964 as a backing group for, and by, singer/songwriter Adge Cutler. After Adge’s death the remaining Wurzels recorded The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! in 1975, an album containing many favourites from the back catalogue, including a number of previously unrecorded Cutler-written songs. In order to continue the surviving band needed its own songs, and these mostly took the formula of re-written popular pop songs of the time with the lyrics changed to include the usual Wurzel themes (cider, farming, local villages, Cheddar cheese, etc.)
The Tractor Song (The Pushbike Song) – The Song
The Tractor Song (The Pushbike Song) was originally written by brothers Idris and Evan Jones and recorded by Australian band The Mixtures and released in 1970. The single was a chart success, reaching numbers one and two in the Australian and UK charts respectively. It was later recorded by the Wurzels but though the melody remained the same they altered the lyrics to make reference to a tractor rather than a pushbike.
The Massey Ferguson Tractor – The Shape
Massey Ferguson Limited is an American-owned major manufacturer of agricultural equipment, based in Brantford, Ontario, Canada until March 4, 1988. Massey Ferguson was founded in 1847 in Newcastle, Ontario by Daniel Massey, as the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufactory. To begin with it made some of the world’s first mechanical threshers, at first by assembling parts from the United States, but eventually designing and building its own equipment. Massey Harris also produced one of the world’s first four-wheel drive tractors.
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