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This was written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock for the 1940 Western The Singing Hill before they decided it was good enough to be released commercially. The song was used in the movie, where it was heard for the first time performed by Gene Autry.
Stock, who wrote the lyrics, recalls that "One important publisher turned down Blueberry Hill, because, he claimed, blueberries don't grow on hills. I assured him I had picked them on hills as a boy, but nothing doing. So Chappell And Company bought the song and another hit was born." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for above 2)
Fats recorded this in LA, at a session in which he ran out of material to tape. Domino insisted on recording the song over the vehement objections of producer-arranger Dave Bartholomew, and then forgot the lyrics while he was recording the song. The engineer pieced together the final version from many fragmentary takes.
In 1940, this was a #2 hit for Glenn Miller. In 1956, Louis Armstrong took it to #29 with the assistance of Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra (with a recording that was originally released in 1949). It has also been covered by Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Andy Williams, Kiki, Cliff Richard, Bruce Cockburn, and others.
Domino's real name is Antoine Domino. This is his biggest hit and best seller.
In the TV series Happy Days
, Ritchie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard), sings this whenever he has found a date. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 4)
Al Lewis, co-writer of the song, died February 4, 2006 at the age of 95. Lewis was the actor who portrayed "Grandpa" on the '60s TV comedy series The Munsters and he also portrayed "Officer Schnauzer" on the TV comedy series Car 54, Where Are You? during the same decade. (thanks, Mem - Nw Orleans, LA)
Ray Manzarek of The Doors admitted on his BBC Radio 2 program that the baseline to "Light My Fire
" was based on this song.
Domino Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin performed this song on December 10, 2010 at a charity event in front of an audience of international film and television celebrities. Videos of his performance quickly went viral worldwide. Putin's spokesman said the former KGB chief learned the lyrics to the song as part of his English language studies.
They Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside Story
Expect to see protests even in today's society, as Jesus Christ Superstar
, the film, marks its 40th anniversary with a worldwide theater tour. Here, we take a walk down film location lane with Ted Neeley, or "Christ," if you prefer.
Julie Gold - "From A Distance"
Julie was a secretary at HBO when she thawed out her childhood piano (literally) and wrote the hit that changed her life.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.