"Rockferry" is the debut single by Welsh singer Duffy, written by Duffy and Bernard Butler. It is the first track on the album of the same name. The music video for Rockferry was filmed in Porthmadog.

Single by Duffy
from the album Rockferry
B-side"Oh Boy"
Released19 November 2007 (UK)
Songwriter(s)Duffy and Bernard Butler
Duffy singles chronology

Song information Edit

"Rockferry" was available for download on 19 November 2007 and was released on 3 December 2007 on limited edition 7" vinyl, with only 500 copies. A free download of the track was originally available via a link published on 15 October 2006 in Observer Music Monthly. The cover and music video was taken in a shoot at the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed for the occasion. The B-side "Oh Boy" was written by Richard J. Parfitt. Duffy cites "Oh Boy" as the song which meant she was discovered.[1]

The song charted at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as charting at number 35 on the Swiss Singles Chart.[2]

Critical reception Edit

The track received widespread critical acclaim. Rolling Stone commented that she's "singing with great sincerity."[3] AllMusic called it a "grand, sweeping ballad."[4] MusicOMH.com said that she "carries the song unbelievably well, pouring drama and emotion into the lyrics, building up quite masterfully to the song's climax."[5] Spin Magazine included "Rockferry" in its list of the 20 best songs of 2008.[6] Time included it at number 9 of its Top 10 songs of 2008.[7]

Track listing Edit

UK 7" vinyl
(175 410-6; Released: 2007)

  1. "Rockferry" [Single Version] – 4:11
  2. "Oh Boy" – 2:29

Promo CD

  1. "Rockferry" [Single Version] – 4:09

iTunes Rockferry – single

  1. "Rockferry" – 4:12
  2. "Oh Boy" – 2:32

Charts Edit

"Rockferry" peaked at number 45 in the UK Singles Chart, whilst due to the popularity of the song, the B-side, "Oh Boy" managed to chart number 96.[8]

"Rockferry" Edit

Chart (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart[9] 45
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 35

"Oh Boy" Edit

Chart (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart[8] 96

Music video Edit

The black and white album art and video for the title track were shot by directors Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull, on and around the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed 'Rockferry' for the occasion.[10]

References Edit

  1. ^ [1][dead YouTube link]
  2. ^ a b ""Rockferry" Swiss Chart & Trajectory". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews and Ratings". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ John Bush (3 March 2008). "Rockferry – Duffy | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Duffy – Rockferry | Album Reviews". musicOMH. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ "The 20 Best Songs of 2008". 12 December 2008. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  7. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (3 November 2008). "Duffy's Rockferry – The Top 10 Everything of 2008". TIME. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b "see you again | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Duffy – Rockferry – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Wales has a singing star in the making – walesonline Administrator". Wales Online. 30 November 2007. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013.

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