Meaning of Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino & Song Story

The American pop song Blueberry Hill was sung by dozens of famous musicians. The most popular version belongs to Fats Domino, although ten years before her composition was already a hit.

It was even performed by the president of one large country, known for his irrepressible desire to appear in public in unexpected roles. But we will talk about it below, but first we recall how the legendary work was written.

Blueberry Hill song story

The music was composed by Vincent Rose, director of the Montmartre Orchestra. The lyrics were written by Larry Stock and Al Lewis.

Stock recalled:

…an important publisher rejected Blueberry Hill because, as he stated, blueberries don’t grow on hills. I convinced him that as a boy I collected it in the hills, but nothing came of it. Then Chappell and Company bought the song, and another hit was born.

By the way, if Blueberry Hill is used as the name of the area, you can not translate the phrase into Russian and stop at the Blueberry Hill option.

The words and sheet music of Blueberry Hill were first published in 1940, and by the end of the year it had been recorded six times. It was first introduced by the Sammy Kaye Orchestra with vocals from Tommy Ryan. The Glenn Miller Orchestra version, which topped the American hit parade, enjoyed the greatest success at that time.

Gene Autrey sang the theme song for the 1941 film The Singing Hill.

Blueberry Hill was performed by Louis Armstrong in 1949. His track reached number 29 on the Billboard chart.

Blueberry Hill Fats Domino

Antoine Dominique Domino, better known as Fats Domino, sang Blueberry Hill in 1956, inspired by Armstrong’s version. David Bartholomew was not thrilled with the musician’s idea to take on the song:

It had been sung a million times before, and I wasn’t very interested in Fats recording it.

As time has shown, the producer was wrong. Thirty-seven of Domino’s songs have reached the US Top 40. But he had his greatest success with Blueberry Hill. It climbed to number two on Billboard and spent eleven weeks at the top of the R&B charts.

The song, performed by Fats Domino, sold five million copies, was named a rock and roll standard and entered the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list compiled by Rolling Stone readers.

Other cover versions

Later Bluberry Hill was sung by Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Elton John and many other musicians.

In 2010, Russian President Vladimir Putin performed Blueberry Hill at a charity concert in St. Petersburg.

Interesting Facts

  • They say that Fats Domino could not find the official sheet music of the work in Los Angeles, so he recorded the lyrics of the Blueberry Hill song from the words of his brother-in-law.
  • Fats could not manage to record a version that would completely suit him, so the sound engineer assembled the composition from fragments of several takes.
  • Ray Manzarek of The Doors told BBC Radio 2 that the bass guitar part of Light My Fire is based on Blueberry Hill.
  • Putin’s press secretary said that VV learned the words of the song in English lessons.
  • The Blueberry Hill restaurant in St. Louis, where Chuck Berry often played, is named after the song.

Blueberry Hill lyrics

I found my thrill
On Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill
When I found you

The moon stood still
On Blueberry Hill
And lingered until
My dream came true

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

Though we’re apart
You’re part of me still
For you were my thrill
On Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill lyrics alternative

I experienced a thrill
On blueberry hill
On blueberry hill
When I met you

The moon was still
On Blueberry Hill
And don’t rush until
My dream didn’t come true

The wind played in the willows
Sweet melody of love
But all your vows
Were not restrained

Even though we’ve been separated
You are still a part of me
‘Cause you made me tremble
On Blueberry Hill

Quotes about the song Blueberry Hill

Subsequently, the song will be sung many times by the biggest stars of music, but the Domino version will remain an academic performance.

Bob Gulla

The diners where I played loved Blueberry Hill. And the whites danced to Fatsy Domingo.

Carl Perkins

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  1. Josh gray

    So, the meaning of the song has something to do about sex, but nobody will say it? It’s about sex right?
    Is this song about sex? If it’s about sex, can someone break down the meaning about the words? As related to sex? If it’s not about sex, please explain why it’s not about sex.