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The Heart of Rock and Soul

Dave Marsh, 1989

47 BLUEBERRY HILL, Fats Domino
Produced by Dave Bartholomew; written by Al Lewis, Larry Stock, and Vincent Rose
Imperial 5407 - 1956
Billboard: #2

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"Blueberry Hill" may be a standard but it's hard to believe that any other performer could have found in it the excuse for sly lasciviousness that Fats did. And it's surely true that nobody else could have made that sly lasciviousness seem SO harmless as this jaunty Creole pianist, who owned an accent so thick that Mick Jagger once said he perceived it as a vow to be misunderstood. Don't discount the band, either: the very sonority of Dave Bartholomew's arrangements let Fats get over on Top 40 radio with sexually subversive sentiments whose appeal hasn't yet been topped.
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From "The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made", by Dave Marsh, 1989.
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