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Blueberry Hill

by

Fats Domino



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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.
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Comments (13):

On March 5th 1961, Louis Armstrong performed "Blueberry Hill" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
He first charted with the song in 1949, at that time it peaked at #29...
Seven years later he re-recorded it and this version entered the Hot 100 on October 28th, 1956 and once again it peaked at #29 and spent 11 weeks on the Hot 100...
Around a year later in early 1957 Fats Domino reached #2 on the Hot 100 with his covered version.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
On February 2nd 1957, Fats Domino was in a 'BLUE' mood!!!
For he appeared on the NBC-TV program 'The Perry Como Show' and performed "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday"!!!
"Blueberry Hill" entered the Billboard's Top 100 on September 30th, 1956; eventually it peaked at #2 (for 3 weeks) and spent over a half-year on the Top 100 (27 weeks)...
And "Blue Monday" entered the Top 100 on December 30th, 1956; it reached #5 and stayed on the Top 100 for 18 weeks...
At the time of his appearance on the 'Como' show "Blue Monday" was #1 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart (was #1 for a total of 8 weeks)...
And in November of 1956 "Blueberry Hill" became #1 on the R&B Singles chart and remained in the top spot for 11 weeks...
"Since I Met You Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter was the record that bumped "Blueberry Hill" out of the #1 spot, then Fats returned the favor and his "Blue Monday" replaced Ivory Joe at #1 ("Since I Met You Baby" was #1 for 3 weeks).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Fats Domino's biggest hit was Blueberry Hill? Great! There's a lot of his hits I recall from the 50s & 60s when growing up as a "baby booooooomer." Wasn't the Beatles' song "Lady Madonna" influenced by Fats? Great song by Fats Domino.
- Randy , Fayettevile, AR
Yes Gene Autry First performed the song in "The Singing Hill" but the first Recorded version was by Sammy Kaye And His Orchestra with Tommy Ryan on vocals.
- Christopher, Charlotte, NC
What a terrific song! I thought it was a great touch when Ron Howard (playing Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days") would break into this song. They just don't make them like this anymore!
- Carolyn, Knoville, TN
Further to the debate on authorship of this song, it was written by my friend Tom's cousin Bill of Montreal whilst serving in the Canadian Army based in Devon U.K. Four servicemen funded a weekend pass in London by Bill selling the song in "Tin Pan Alley" hence he is not credited as the song's author. Family members in Montreal still hold an original score! Steve Smith U.K.
- steve, clacton, United Kingdom
Actually the song lyrics WERE NOT written by whom you stated. They were written by my mom's aunt Elma Kisro of IL., who now is deceased. Back in those days they would ask for people to write the lyrics to songs and they would pay you for it. Well she never was paid and the credit didn't go to her as you can see. She didn't have the money in those days to sue. I think it's time for her to get recognized for her work!
- Shelly Binkley, Grants Pass, OR
- Shelly Binkley, Grants Pass, OR
It's not surprising that this one and "Ain't It a Shame" were both by Fats Domino. I mean, they sound almost identical. The first time I'd ever heard one of these two, I don't remember which one it was they sound so much alike!
- andrew, birmingham, United States
i get a thrill from listening to Blueberry Hill!!
- dawn, wco, TX
Actually the song lyrics WERE NOT written by whom you stated. They were written by my mom's aunt Elma Kirso of IL., who now is deceased. Back in those days they would ask for people to write the lyrics to songs and they would pay you for it. Well she never was paid and the credit didn't go to her as you can see. She didn't have the money in those days to sue. I think it's time for her to get recognized for her work!
- Shelly Binkley, Grants Pass, OR
That guy on Happy Days used to sing this all the time! I can't think of his name right now tho... ergh!
- Kaitlin, Cornwall, ONT
During Hurricane Katrina Fats was reported as missing in his beloved New Orleans, but later surfaced alive and well.
- George, Richmond, VA
It's a good thing Fats Domino recorded this one! It's a great song.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
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