Fats Domino

Blueberry Hill

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It's not just that Fats Domino had a knack for making even the most innocuous lyric sound kinda dirty -- any good rock and roll singer can do that -- it's that he has a singular knack for sounding lascivious and sweetly endearing at the same time. His classic 1956 single "Blueberry Hill" is the perfect example of this unique ability; nothing about the song -- a minor standard which had previously been recorded by the likes of Gene Autry, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and the Ink Spots -- suggests anything the slightest bit improper, but Domino delivers the (actually kind of square) lyrics with his trademark twinkle and inimitable phrasing. The man is a master of suggesting volumes with nothing more than a sly pause in the middle of a line, giving this version of "Blueberry Hill" the undeniable frisson that earlier versions almost entirely lacked: there's no question what kind of thrill Domino and his sweetie enjoyed. Dave Bartholomew's production is no different than it is on Domino's other big hits -- Earl Palmer's unmistakable shuffle, Alvin Tyler's sax fills and the big man's own, sometimes underappreciated, piano -- but this is the time that everything was just right, making not only Fats Domino's greatest hits, but certainly one of the five or six best rock and roll singles of the '50s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1960 2:19
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
No Image 1982 FAME
No Image 1984 Creole Down Home Records
No Image 1986 Atlantic
16 Greatest Hits 1987 Bescol
No Image 1988
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
The Best of Fats 1990 Pair 0:00
My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino 1990 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
Great Records of the Decade: 50's Hits Pop, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Curb 2:19
All-Time Greatest Hits 1990 Curb 2:19
They Call Me the Fat Man: The Legendary Imperial Recordings 1991 Capitol / Universal 2:23
Whole Lotta Rock'n'roll 1991 Pair 0:00
No Image 1992 EMI / Liberty 2:19
Gold Collection [Deja Vu] 1992 Deja Vu 2:16
Out of New Orleans 1993 Bear Family Records 1:48
The Best Of Fats Domino [Timeless] 1994 Timeless Treasures 2:21
No Image 1994 Prime Cuts 2:28
Rock Classics, Vol. 3 [Chicago Music] 1995
Various Artists
Chicago Records Dist. 3:01
12 Monkeys 1995 MCA 2:19
Baby Boomer Classics: Heart & Soul Fifties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 0:00
No Image 1996
Various Artists
The Fat Man: 25 Classic Performances 1996 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:20
Fonzie's Make-Out Music 1996
Various Artists
Nick At Nite / Sony Music Distribution 2:21
EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records 2:21
Double Gold Hits, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Public Music 2:31
No Image 1996 Polygram
Greatest Hits [EMI] 1997 CEMA Special Markets 2:20
Sixties Generation: 1962 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties Generation 2:28
Forefathers of Rock 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:19
3 for 3: Chubby Checker, Little Richard & Fats Domino 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3
Golden Jukebox Hits, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:20
WODS Oldies 103 Boston, Vol. 1: The 50's - Tenth Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 2:17
Classic 50's Hits, Vol. 1 [Intercontinental] 1997
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 3:05
Greetings from New Orleans 1998
Various Artists
Beacon Records 3:05
Blueberry Hill: Roots of Rock N Roll 1998 Valmark 3:06
1956: A Time to Remember, 20 Original Chart Hits 1998 A Time To Remember 2:20
Soul Classics: Timeless 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:37
Memories Are Made of This [Empire] 1998
Various Artists
Empire Super Doubles 2:20
Fats Domino Rock and Rollin'/This Is Fats 1998 Collectables 2:21
Roots of Rock n' Roll 1998 Boxsets 2:28
Great American Singers [Simply the Best] 1998
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 2:20
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Golden Greats 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:23
Greatest Hits [Dj Specialist] 1998 DJ Specialist 2:22
22 Greatest Hits 1998 King 3:15
Jukebox Hits of 1957, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 2:22
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 1:  The 50's 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:20
40 Hits: 1955-1959 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:20
Domino Effect 1999 Charly Records 2:36
Legends of the 20th Century 1999 Capitol / EMI Records 2:21
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:41
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:23
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:41
Car Cruisin Superhits of the 50's and 60's 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:28
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
50 Greatest Hits 2000 Double Platinum 2:22
Totally Easy 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:20
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2 & 3 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:19
Sixties Generation: 1962-1963 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:28
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2000 Direct Source 2:27
Sixties Generation: A Decade of Change, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:28
50's Golden Jukebox: Malt Shop Memories 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:21
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:23
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
Story 2000 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:22
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:22
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:27
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 50's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:23
Blast from the Past: Fats Domino 2001 Direct Source 2:25
Gold Collection [Import 2001] 2001 Fine Tune 3:04
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:34
The Fabulous Fifties, Vol. 3: Back to the Fifties [Time Life] 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:21
The Fat Man [Goldies] 2001 Goldies 2:30
Whole Lotta Lovin' 2001 Columbia River Entertainment Group / Allegro Corporation 2:59
Juke Box Jive [Dressed to Kill] 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:41
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:21
Radio Gold, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Ace 2:22
Party Hits: 50's & 60's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:03
Soul Classics [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:03
The Fat Man Sings [EMI] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Rock 'N' Roll Teenagers Collection, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:41
Jukebox Hits of the '50s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:19
Walking to New Orleans [Box] 2002 Capitol / EMI Records / Imperial 2:24
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:19
Memory Lane 2002 Brentwood Records 2:40
Fats Domino [Time Music] 2002 Time Music 2:34
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:41
TV Guide Presents: Five Decades of Great Love Song 2002
Various Artists
Q Records 2:21
The Fabulous Fifties 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:21
At the Hop: The Fifties a Decade to Remember 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Hits of the '50s [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:27
Rocking on Rampart 2003 Proper Pairs 2:21
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 2:41
Fabulous 50's [2003 Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:27
Essential Fats Domino 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:21
20 Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2003 Teevee Records 2:22
Rock and Roll Giant 2003 American Legends 3:04
The Songs That Made Them Famous [K-Tel] [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Roots of Rock [Acrobat] 2003
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Classic 50's Hits [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:27
Malt Shop Classics [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:01
Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversary Collection 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:23
Rock & Roll - The First 50 Years: The '50s 25 Top 10 Hits 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:21
Classic Hits of the 50's 2004
Various Artists
San Fran 2:22
Rock N Roll: Gold Collection 2004
Various Artists
Dejavu Retro 2:31
Fats Domino [Platinum] 2004 Platinum Disc 2:21
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
More Happy Days '50s and '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:23
Absolutely the Best of the Fifties 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:21
Rock N Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 50's, Vol. 10 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:21
Very Best of Rock N Roll 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Top 20 of Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans 2007 Capitol / EMI Records 2:23
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 8: 1957 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:22
Old Fashioned Love Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:21
Million Sellers by Fats, Vols. 1-2 2010 Beat Goes On 2:24
Then: 1956 2010
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 2:24
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:21
Love Songs: Remember - Teenage Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:21
Britain's Greatest Hits 1956 2013
Various Artists
Fabulous 2:22
The R&B No. 1s of the '50s 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:21
Legends of Rock 'n' Roll [Eagle] 2013
Various Artists
Eagle / Eagle Rock 2:37
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:23
Complete Hits, 1950-62 2015 Acrobat Music 2:21
The Fats Domino Collection 2016 10Ten Media / Zebralution
The Ballads of Fats Domino 2018 Bear Family Records 2:21
No Image EMI 2:19
21 Super Golden Oldies
Various Artists
Bescol
50 Favourites from the 50's
Various Artists
Gralin Music
Absolute Hits of the 50's
Various Artists
Eva
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 7: 1956
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:21
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
10Ten Media / Zebralution 2:18
It's Only Rock & Soul, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Artemis Records / Zebralution
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll Hits [ZYX]
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music 2:26
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 1: 1954-1959
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:22
Soda Fountain Memories
Various Artists
Allegro / Reflections 2:20
Stand by Me [Drive]
Various Artists
Drive (import) 2:26
No Image Phantom
Way It Was: Rock Around the Clock the 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:21