It took seven months for this messy honky tonk instrumental to hit #1 but when it finally topped the charts on October 14, 1972 it held on for four weeks, becoming the UK's second biggest hit of 1972, after the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' "Amazing Grace". The song won the Novello Award that year.
Mrs Hilda Woodward is one of the piano players. Her son Rob started the band.
In 2005, Jarvis Cocker put this song among his Desert Island Discs on the BBC radio show