Cherry Hill Park
|"Cherry Hill Park"|
|Single by Billy Joe Royal|
|from the album Cherry Hill Park|
|Studio||Southern Tracks Studio (Atlanta)|
|Length||2:44 (single edit)|
3:17 (alternate extended version)
|Songwriter(s)||Robert Nix, Billy Gilmore|
|Producer(s)||Buddy Buie, Bill Lowery|
|Billy Joe Royal singles chronology|
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.
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.
- 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").
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- Billboard. 1971-01-30. p. 4. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
- Billboard. 1971-07-03. p. 76. Retrieved 2016-10-02.