Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)

Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)” is a song by Scottish band Middle of the Road, released as a single in November 1971. It peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart, showing the band’s decline in popularity in the UK.[1] However, elsewhere, the band continued their success in Europe, topping the charts in several countries.

1971 single by Middle of the Road

1971 single by Middle of the Road
“Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)”

Cover of the single released in the Netherlands
Single by Middle of the Road
from the album Acceleration
B-side “Love Sweet Love”
Released November 1971
Recorded October 1971
Studio RCA Studios, Rome
Genre Bubblegum pop
Length 2:48
Label RCA Victor
Producer(s) Giacomo Tosti
Middle of the Road singles chronology
Soley Soley
Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)
Samson and Delilah

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“Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)” was first released in November 1971 in Italy, before being released in the Netherlands and Germany the following month. It was released in the UK on 17 March 1972.[2] In most countries, it was released with the B-side “Love Sweet Love” was written by Italian brothers Giosy and Mario Capuano as well as Middle of the Road guitarist Ian McCredie.[3] However, in a few countries, Spain, Peru and New Zealand, “Sacramento” was released with the B-side “Samson and Delilah“, which was later released as the follow-up single.[4]


  1. “Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)” – 2:48
  2. “Love Sweet Love” – 3:34


  1. “Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)” – 2:48
  2. Samson and Delilah” – 3:02

Weekly charts

Chart (1972) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 79
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 1
Denmark (IFPI)[8] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 6
Hong Kong (Radio Hong Kong)[10] 8
Israel (Galei Tzahal) 9
Italy (Musica e dischi)[11] 19
Malaysia (Rediffusion)[12] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 1
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[16] 3
Spain (Promusicae)[17] 17
Sweden (Kvällstoppen)[18] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[1] 23
West Germany (Official German Charts)[20] 1
Zimbabwe (ZIMA)[21] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (1972) Position
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 2
Italy[23] 89
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[24] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 2
West Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 3

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