Blueberry Hill (1956) – Fats Domino

If I had to guess the first song I ever heard which I was in complete awe of; it would be today’s featured track – Blueberry Hill. It was first published in 1940 but is best remembered by Fats Domino’s version in the 1950s. I have heard some hip artist names before, but I think Fats Domino takes the cake and this song exudes that same coolness. The music was written by Vincent Rose and the lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis. It was recorded six times in 1940. Even Louis Armstrong’s 1949 recording charted in the Billboard Top 40, reaching number 29 but it was an international hit in 1956 for Fats Domino and has become a rock and roll standard. 

[Verse 1]
I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill, when I found you

[Verse 2]
The moon stood still on Blueberry Hill
And lingered until my dream came true

[Bridge 1]
The wind in the willow played
Love’s sweet melody
But all of those vows you made
Were never to be

[Verse 3]
Though we’re apart, you’re part of me still
For you were my thrill on Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill reached number two for three weeks on the Billboard Top 40 charts, becoming his biggest pop hit, and spent eight non-consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart. The version by Fats Domino was also ranked number 82 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In terms of popular culture, on the American television show – Happy Days (which I watched incessantly growing up), this was Richie Cunningham’s favorite song. That’s most likely where I first heard it.

Fats Domino was an American pianist, singer and songwriter. Born in New Orleans to a French Creole family, Domino signed to Imperial Records in 1949. He is one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, selling more than 65 million records. His first single The Fat Man is cited by some historians as the first rock and roll single and the first to sell more than 1 million copies. Domino was shy and modest by nature but made a significant contribution to the rock and roll genre. Elvis Presley declared Domino a “huge influence on me when I started out” and when they first met in 1959, described him as “the real king of rock ‘n’ roll“.

1. Blueberry Hill – Wikipedia
2. Fats Domino – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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4 comments on “Blueberry Hill (1956) – Fats Domino
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Happy Days is the first place I heard it at. I was hooked after that..I credit Happy Days for my 1950s love.

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