Cherry Hill Park

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"Cherry Hill Park"
Cherry Hill Park - Billy Joe Royal.jpg
Single by Billy Joe Royal
from the album Cherry Hill Park
B-side"Helping Hand"
StudioSouthern Tracks Studio (Atlanta)
GenrePop, rock
Length2:44 (single edit)
3:17 (alternate extended version)
LabelColumbia 44902
Songwriter(s)Robert Nix, Billy Gilmore
Producer(s)Buddy Buie, Bill Lowery
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"Storybook Children"
"Cherry Hill Park"
"Every Night"

"Cherry Hill Park" is a song written by Robert Nix and Billy Gilmore, arranged by Buddy Buie, James Cobb, and Emory Gordy, Jr., and produced by Buie and Bill Lowery.


The subject of the song is one Mary Hill, a girl who frequents the titular Cherry Hill Park. During the day she acts as a tease to the boys in the park but at night when they return to the park she “pleases” them, as noted in the barely disguised suggestive lyrics. However, she "married away" to a "man with money". As a result, she stopped coming to Cherry Hill Park.

Royal came up with the song's title after a friend described seeing Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on a visit to nearby Pennsylvania.[1]


Different mixes of this song exist, some with additional background vocals in the song's bridge, others in varying lengths, the longest version available being 3:17, with an extended finale running 33 seconds longer than the common single version.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Its original by Billy Joe Royal was a hit in 1969 reaching #15 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart[2] and the Cash Box chart, and #8 in Canada.[3] It was on Royal's 1969 album Cherry Hill Park.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Buie also produced its cover version performed by the Classics IV which was released by United Artists Records in 1971. He and the Classics IV's manager Paul Cochran were two of the four owners of Studio One. The cover was actually marketed with its title combining the first two words of the original's ("Cherryhill Park").[4][5]


  1. ^ "Celebrity Interviews - Celebrities, Actors, Musicians, Authors, Artists, TV, Film". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  2. ^ "Billy Joe Royal - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
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  4. ^ Billboard. 1971-01-30. p. 4. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. ^ Billboard. 1971-07-03. p. 76. Retrieved 2016-10-02.