|Single by The Move|
|Released||28 November 1968 (UK)|
|Recorded||1968 at Olympic Studios, London|
|Label||Regal Zonophone (UK)|
|The Move singles chronology|
"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.
The Move vocalist Carl Wayne refused to sing on the song, so Wood handled the lead vocal. 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 psychedelia-tinged pop sat uneasily with guitarist Trevor Burton. He left the group shortly after.
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.
- The Move
- Roy Wood – lead and backing vocals, guitar, sitar
- Trevor Burton – bass, backing vocal
- Bev Bevan – drums
- Additional musicians
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||14|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||13|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||14|
|UK Singles (OCC)||1|
|West Germany (Official German Charts)||7|
- In 1969 Italian band Equipe 84 produced a cover version (with Italian lyrics by lyricist Mogol), named "Tutta mia la città" ("All the town is mine"), which became a hit in Italy.
- UK band The New Seekers covered this song on their 1971 album, Beautiful People (album).
- 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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