Blackberry Way

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"Blackberry Way"
Blackberry Way.jpg
German picture sleeve
Single by The Move
B-side "Something"
Released 28 November 1968 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1968 at Olympic Studios, London[1]
Genre Baroque pop[2]
Length 3:38
Label Regal Zonophone (UK)
A&M (US)
Songwriter(s) Roy Wood
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
The Move singles chronology
"Wild Tiger Woman"
"Blackberry Way"
"Wild Tiger Woman"
"Blackberry Way"

"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.[3] 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 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]

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

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Richard Tandy Interview - April 1999 - Welcome to The ELO Network". 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. ^ "Blackberry Way by The Move Songfacts". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Discografia Nazionale della canzone italiana". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: E". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
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