Blueberry Hill (song)

Blueberry Hill (song)

"Blueberry Hill" is a popular song published in 1940. The music was written by Vincent Rose, the lyrics by Al Lewis and Larry Stock. It was recorded six times in 1940. Victor released the May recording by the Sammy Kaye Orchestra with vocals by Tommy Ryan on May 31, 1940 (#51050). [http://www.originals.be/eng/main.cfm?c=t_upd_show&id=621] Gene Krupa's version was issued on the Okeh label (#5672) on June 3. Other 1940 recordings were by: Glenn Miller on Bluebird (10768), Kay Kyser, Russ Morgan, Gene Autry (also in the 1941 film "The Singing Hill" [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034192/] ), Connee Boswell, and Jimmy Dorsey. [http://www.originals.be/eng/main.cfm?c=t_upd_show&id=621] The largest 1940 hit was Glenn Miller.

It was an international hit in 1956 for Fats Domino, and has become a rock and roll standard. It reached #2 on the Billboard Top 40 charts, becoming his biggest pop hit, and spent 9 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart. Louis Armstrong's 1949 recording was released, appearing in the Billboard Top 40.

elected list of recorded versions

*Gene Autry (1941) (the original version, from the movie "The Singing Hill" (1941)
*Glenn Miller & His Orch. (vocal by Ray Eberle) (1941) (the most famous version in the 1940s)
*Russ Morgan & His Orch. (vocal by Carol Kay) (1941)
*Kay Kyser & His Orch. (vocal by Harry Babbitt) (1941)
*Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra and Choir (1949) (with different lyrics)
*Fats Domino (1956)
*Elvis Presley (1957)
*Little Richard (1958)
*Ricky Nelson (1958)
*Andy Williams (1959)
*Duane Eddy (1959)
*Bill Haley & His Comets (1960)
*John Barry Orchestra (1960)
*Buster Brown (1960)
*Cliff Richard (1962)
*The Loved Ones Australia (1966)
*The Everly Brothers (1967)
*Led Zeppelin (1970) on the Led Zeppelin bootleg recording "Live On Blueberry Hill".
*Freddy Fender (1970s)
*Jerry Lee Lewis (1973, Southern Roots)
*The Beach Boys (1976)
*Billy "Crash" Craddock (1977)
*Adriano Celentano (1977)
*Link Wray (1982)
*Yellowman (1987)
*Bruce Cockburn with Margo Timmins (1999) [http://cockburnproject.net/songs&music/bh.html]
*Jimmy Clanton (2006, played in Boomtown Casino)
*Johnny Hallyday (2006, Flashback Tour)
*Elton John (2007, Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino)
*The Rolling Stones [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6595926/blueberry_hill]

In popular culture

*In the popular 1970s sitcom "Happy Days", set in the 1950s, lead character Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard, would often sing "I found my thrill..." (the first line of Domino's 1950s version of "Blueberry Hill") in reference to pretty girls he dated or wanted to date.

*It is one of the songs that the time traveling James Cole enjoys in the film, "Twelve Monkeys", and the song is later sung by the scientists upon his return to the future.

External Links

* [http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2078 SongFacts: Blueberry Hill]


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