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Hykker
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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 5:48am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

MMathews wrote:
I'm still a bit incredulous that in 1956
they allowed
that snagged version to be released on so many copies. I
mean, are you kidding? How is anyone supposed to listen
to it like that?? Unbelievable.
MM


I dunno, there are plenty of examples of songs with
mistakes, sour notes or really bad edits in them. Maybe
someone just thought this was the way the song was supposed
to sound.
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Posted: 10 April 2018 at 10:45am | IP Logged Quote Pat Downey

I have listened to most of the cd's in the database that include Blueberry Hill but unfortunately none of them include the true 45 version.
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Posted: 02 May 2018 at 2:19pm | IP Logged Quote Paul C

I purchased the Fats Domino CD, The Imperial Singles Volume 3 1956-1958, issued by Ace Records in the UK in 1998, in the hope that it might contain the original 78 or 45 version of "Blueberry Hill" but, alas, it contains the usual 'repaired' version.

Liner note writer Rick Coleman gives this account of the recording of the song:

He had always loved Louis Armstrong's 1949 version of the pop standard 'Blueberry Hill'. However, he didn't have the sheet music and no one remembered exactly how it went when he had a session in June 1956 at the Master Recorders Studios in Hollywood. With the help of Domino's brother-in-law Harrison Verrett, Domino and [Dave] Bartholomew pieced together the song, though they never achieved a satisfactory recording. The tapes of the song were edited by Master Recorders engineer Bunny Robyn, but the A-side of the single was still 'Honey Chile', which Domino performed in the movie Shake, Rattle And Roll. "The distributors found 'Blueberry Hill' on the other side," says Dave Bartholomew, "and all this happened within one week."

The notes say Coleman was working on a biography of Domino (in 1998). I intend to go search for it.
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