|"I Can Do It"|
|Single by The Rubettes|
|from the album We Can Do It|
|B-side||"If You've Got the Time"|
|Label||State Records/Polydor Records|
|Songwriter(s)||Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington|
|Producer(s)||Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington|
|The Rubettes singles chronology|
"I Can Do It" was the fourth single released by the English band The Rubettes and the second single from their album We Can Do It. The song was written and produced by Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington. It reached number 7 in the UK charts, making it the band's third top 10 UK hit from four single releases.
The single was significant in that it was the first release on the State Records, a label set up by Bickerton, Waddington and John Fruin in 1975, bearing the catalogue number STAT 1.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||89|
|United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)||7|
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