Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Blueberry Hill

First performed by Gene Autry (1940 |recorded 1941).
First commercial release by The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (1940).
Hit versions by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (US #1 1940), Louis Armstrong (US #29 1949), Fats Domino (US #2/R&B #1/UK #6 1956).

From the wiki: “‘Blueberry Hill’, written by Vincent Rose with lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis, was first performed in 1940 but is best remembered for its 1950s Rock n’ Roll styling by Fats Domino. The song was recorded six times in 1940, after the original version was sung by Gene Autry in the 1940 movie The Singing Hill and was recorded to disc by Autry a year later, in 1941. The song is purportedly named after a ‘make-out’ spot in Taos, New Mexico.

“The first commercial release appeared on Victor Records, in May, 1940, recorded by The Sammy Kaye Orchestra with vocals by Tommy Ryan. The largest 1940 hit was by The Glenn Miller Orchestra, with Ray Eberle singing. It reached #1.

“Louis Armstrong’s 1949 recording charted in the Billboard Top 40, reaching #29. Seven years later, ‘Blueberry Hill’ became an international hit for Fats Domino and has since become a Rock ‘n Roll standard.”

The Sammy Kaye Orchestra, “Blueberry Hill” (1940):

Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, “Blueberry Hill” (1940):

Louis Armstrong & His All Stars, “Blueberry Hill” (1949):

Fats Domino, “Blueberry Hill” (1956):

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