Blueberry Hill (1956)

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By: Fats Domino (born Antoine Dominique Domino February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, LA.)

Domino has sold over 100 million records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Domino was voted the 25th Greatest Rock & Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.

When Hurricane Katrina was approaching New Orleans, he decided to stay at his home and was missing for days. He was later rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter on September 1, 2005. 

Fats recorded "Blueberry Hill" in Los Angeles, CA at a session in which he ran out of songs to record. Influenced by Louis Armstrong's 1949 version, Domino insisted on recording "Blueberry Hill" despite the vehement objections of producer and arranger Dave Bartholomew.

Domino forgot the lyrics while he was recording the song, so the final version had to be pieced together from many fragmentary takes. It became Domino’s biggest hit.

Carl Perkins later said, "In the white honky-tonks where I was playing, they were punching 'Blueberry Hill'. And white cats were dancing to Fats Domino."

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Blueberry Hill" at #81 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Chart position: #2 (US), #1 (US R&B, 11 weeks).

It sold over 5 million copies in 1956 and 1957.

It was preceded at #1 on the US R&B chart by "Hound Dog" (Elvis Presley) and succeeded by "Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter).

Written by:
Vincent Rose (music) and lyricists Larry Stock and Al Lewis, for the 1941 Western movie The Singing Hill, sung in the film by its star, Gene Autry.

Vincent Rose also wrote "Whispering", "Avalon", and "Linger Awhile".

Larry Stock said, "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 a hit was born."

Al Lewis, known as "Grandpa" Al Lewis (born April 30, 1923, died February 3, 2006) was an actor best known for his role as Grandpa on the TV series The Munsters.

Also by: Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, whose version was a US #2 hit in 1941; Louis Armstrong, whose 1949 version reached #29 in 1956; Elvis Presley (1957); Little Richard (1958); Andy Williams (1959); The Beach Boys (1976).

Originally by:
Gene Autry (born September 29, 1907, died October 2, 1998), who sang it in the 1941 Western “The Singing Hill”.  Autry has sold over 100 million records.

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