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 at Olympic Studios, London[2]
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"
"Blackberry Way"

"Blackberry Way" is 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.[3] Richard Tandy, who later played keyboards with Wood's next band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), played harpsichord on "Blackberry Way".[4] 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".[5]

The B-side was specially written for the band by David Scott-Morgan.[1]

Cover versions[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