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|Single by The Move|
|Released||28 November 1968 (UK)|
|Recorded||1968 at Olympic Studios, London|
Regal Zonophone (UK)|
|The Move singles chronology|
"Blackberry Way" is a 1968 single by English band 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. Richard Tandy, who later played keyboards with Wood's next band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), played harpsichord on "Blackberry Way". 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", and the vocal line from the bridge is borrowed from "Good Old Desk" by Harry Nilsson.
- In 1969 Italian band Equipe 84 produced a cover version (with Italian lyrics by lyricist Mogol), named "Tutta mia la città", which became a hit in Italy.
- Swiss band Gotthard covered this song on their 1999 album, Open
- US classic rockers Cheap Trick included their version of the song as a bonus track on the deluxe version of their 2017 album We're All Alright!.
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