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"The Boy from New York City" is a song originally recorded by the American soul group The Ad Libs,[2] released as their first single in 1964. Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart week of February 27, 1965. Though the group continued to record many other singles, they would never repeat the chart success of "The Boy from New York City".

"The Boy from New York City"
The Boy from New York City Ad Libs.jpg
Single by The Ad Libs
B-side"Kicked Around"
ReleasedDecember 1964
Format7"
Recorded1964
GenreSoul
Length2:50
LabelBlue Cat
Songwriter(s)
  • George Davis
  • John T. Taylor
[1]
Producer(s)Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
The Ad Libs singles chronology
"The Boy from New York City"
(1964)
"I'm Just a Down Home Girl"
(1965)
"The Boy from New York City"
The Boy from New York City - The Manhattan Transfer.jpg
Single by The Manhattan Transfer
from the album Mecca for Moderns
B-side"(The Word of) Confirmation"
ReleasedMay 1981 (1981)
Format7"
Length3:40
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
  • George Davis
  • John T. Taylor
Producer(s)Jay Graydon
The Manhattan Transfer singles chronology
"Trickle Trickle"
(1980)
"The Boy from New York City"
(1981)
"Smile Again"
(1981)

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Chart historyEdit

Manhattan Transfer and Darts coversEdit

Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer
on The Boy from New York City
"To have a hit like that you need a great song. We thought 'Boy from New York City' had a second shot [at success] in it & it did. It's one of those perfect sing-a-long songs. People love to sing it & the key to that song is the bassline at the beginning...that grabs the listener. That song swings."[7]

The song was later covered by Darts and The Manhattan Transfer, both becoming chart hits in the UK and US respectively. Darts peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1978,[8] while The Manhattan Transfer's version, featuring Janis Siegel on lead, peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981. The song also inspired a response song by The Beach Boys, "The Girl from New York City", from their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). The Manhattan Transfer version was used by pro wrestler Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant as his theme music during his tenure with Jim Crockett promotions in the 1980s

Chart history (Darts)Edit

Chart history (Manhattan Transfer)Edit

Track listingEdit

  • "The Boy from New York City" - 2:50
  • "Kicked Around" - 1:47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Boy From New York City - The Ad Libs | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  2. ^ "The Boy From New York City - The Ad Libs | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 27, 1965
  5. ^ "RPM Top 40 Singles - March 1, 1965" (PDF).
  6. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  7. ^ Hartford Courant 24 September 2014 "Still on Track: Manhattan Transfer remains unique" by Ed Condran p.D1-D2
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 141. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Boy from New York City". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  10. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1979). "Top 200 Singles in 1978". BPI Year Book 1979 (4th ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 186–89. ISBN 0-906154-02-2.
  11. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1979). "Top 200 Singles in 1978". BPI Year Book 1979 (4th ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 186–89. ISBN 0-906154-02-2.
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc)|format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  14. ^ NZ Top 40 Singles, 27 September 1981
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  17. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 15, 1981
  18. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1981)". RPM. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  19. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/?chart=3870
  20. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts, 1981
  21. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  22. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1981

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