Blackberry Way

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"Blackberry Way"
German picture sleeve
Single by The Move
B-side "Something"[1]
Released 28 November 1968 (UK)[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded 1968
Genre Baroque pop, psychedelic rock
Length 3:38
Label Regal Zonophone (UK)[1]
A&M (US)
Writer(s) Roy Wood[1]
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller[1]
The Move singles chronology
"Wild Tiger Woman"
(1968)
"Blackberry Way"
(1968)
"Curly"
(1969)

"Blackberry Way" is the title of a song on the A-side of a 1968 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 in February 1969.[2] Richard Tandy, who later played keyboards with Wood's next band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), played harpsichord on "Blackberry Way".[3] 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".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Albatross" by Fleetwood Mac
UK number one single
5 February 1969 (one week)
Succeeded by
"(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice" by Amen Corner