Blackberry Way

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"Blackberry Way"
Blackberry Way.jpg
German picture sleeve
Single by The Move
B-side"Something"
Released28 November 1968 (UK)
Recorded1968 at Olympic Studios, London[1]
GenreBaroque pop[2]
Length3:38
LabelRegal Zonophone (UK)
A&M (US)
Songwriter(s)Roy Wood
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
The Move singles chronology
"Wild Tiger Woman"
(1968)
"Blackberry Way"
(1968)
"Curly"
(1969)

"Blackberry Way" is a 1968 single by English band The Move. Written by the band's guitarist/vocalist 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.[3]

The Move vocalist Carl Wayne refused to sing on the song, so Wood handled the lead vocal.[4] Richard Tandy, who later played keyboards with Wood's next band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), played harpsichord on "Blackberry Way".[1] Despite the success of the single, the style of psychedelia-tinged pop sat uneasily with guitarist Trevor Burton. He left the group shortly after.

The B-side, "Something", was specially written for the band by David Scott-Morgan.

Wood said in a 1994 interview that "Blackberry Way" is his favorite Move song of all time, commenting that it could have been performed in any era and still worked.[4]

Personnel[edit]

The Move
Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (1968–1969) Peak
position
Australia (Go-Set)[5] 14
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 2
Italy (FIMI)[9] 19
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 1
West Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 7

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Richard Tandy Interview - April 1999 - Welcome to The ELO Network". Theelonetwork.weebly.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ Horning, Rob (15 February 2007). "Electric Light Orchestra: Too Much at Once Can Blow the Fuse". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 228. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b Sharp, Ken (September 30, 1994). "Roy Wood: The Wizzard of Rock". The Move Online. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.poparchives.com.au/gosetcharts/1969/19690423.html
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Move – Blackberry Way" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Move – Blackberry Way" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ https://www.ukmix.org/showthread.php?88001-Irish-Singles-charts-1967-1969/page2
  9. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/indici/per_interprete/am.htm
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Move" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Move – Blackberry Way". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Move – Blackberry Way". GfK Entertainment Charts. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON The Move"
  14. ^ "Discografia Nazionale della canzone italiana". Discografia.dds.it. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  15. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: E". Hitparadeitalia.it. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2016-10-01.