Blackberry Way

1968 single by The Move / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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"Blackberry Way" is a 1968 single by English band The Move. Written by the band's guitarist/vocalist Roy Wood and produced by Jimmy Miller, "Blackberry Way" was a bleak counterpoint to the sunny psychedelia of earlier recordings. It nevertheless became the band's most successful single, reaching number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1969.[2]

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"Blackberry Way"
German picture sleeve
Single by The Move
Released28 November 1968 (UK)
Recorded1968 at Olympic Studios, London
GenreBaroque pop[1]
LabelRegal Zonophone (UK)
A&M (US)
Songwriter(s)Roy Wood
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
The Move singles chronology
"Wild Tiger Woman"
"Blackberry Way"

The Move vocalist Carl Wayne refused to sing on the song, so Wood handled the lead vocal.[3] Richard Tandy, who later played keyboards with Wood's next band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), played harpsichord on "Blackberry Way". Despite the success of the single, the style of psychedelia-tinged pop sat uneasily with guitarist Trevor Burton. He left the group shortly after.

The B-side, "Something", was specially written for the band by David Scott-Morgan.

Wood said in a 1994 interview that "Blackberry Way" is his favourite Move song of all time, commenting that it could have been performed in any era and still worked.[3]