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|Single by The Move|
|Released||28 November 1968 (UK)|
|Genre||Baroque pop, psychedelic rock|
|Label||Regal Zonophone (UK)
|The Move singles chronology|
"Blackberry Way" is a single by The Move.
Written by Roy Wood and produced by Jimmy Miller, "Blackberry Way" was a bleak counterpoint to the sunny psychedelia of earlier recordings. It nevertheless became the band's most successful single reaching number 1 on the UK singles chart. Richard Tandy who would later play keyboards with Wood's next band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), played harpsichord. Despite the success of the single, the style of psychedelically tinged pop sat uneasily with bassist Trevor Burton. He left the group shortly after. It is cited as inspired by The Beatles' "Penny Lane".
- Italian band Equipe 84 produced in 1969 a cover version (with Italian lyrics by lyricist Mogol), named "Tutta mia la città", which became a hit in Italy. This version was re-covered in 2007 by Italian band Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters.
- In 1969, Argentinian singer Sabú released a cover version entitled "Toda Mía la Ciudad", translating into spanish the italian lyrics. The single sold 50.000 copies in the 69-70 summer, a huge mark for a debutant.
- The New Seekers released a version on the 1971 album Beautiful People.
- In 1978, Swedish rock band Strix Q released a version with Swedish lyrics entitled "Hem till Stockholm igen" ("Back home to Stockholm again").
- Swiss rock band Gotthard recorded the song for their 1999 album Open.
- A cover version was recorded by the English/Norwegian duo Gary Holton and Casino Steel.
- English rock band Marillion released a live version of the song in their 2007 album 'Friends', recorded at the Marillion Weekend held earlier that year.
- The Wonder Stuff released a version of the song in 2012 as part of their 'From the midlands with love' series of 7" singles.
- On an episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Vivino led the Max Weinberg 7 in a rendition of the song, following O'Brien's monologue. O'Brien found it to be slow and dull, and chastised Vivino.
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|UK number one single
5 February 1969 (one week)
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