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"On Broadway"
Posted by: Rolando
Date: February 12, 2019 11:58PM
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Which is your favorite version?




"On Broadway" by the Drifters is one of my favorite songs. My folks had a 45, and I heard it on the oldies station. I also heard a really cool funky version and Neil Young's version when I bought "Freedom".

Thanks to the Internet, I've learned the history of this song. [en.wikipedia.org])

I have a playlist of the Versions by The Cookies, The Crystals, 2 versions by the Drifters, George Benson's funky version, Neil Youngs wacko version.

My question. There are two distinct versions by the Drifters, one 2:57 and the other 3:01. The second one SEEMS to be re-record (It just FEELS that way) but I can't find any documents on this.

Does anyone know?

The Cookies version, recorded first
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The Crystals, recorded later, but released first
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The Drifters 2:57
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The Drifters 3:01
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George Benson's
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Neil Young's
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Bonus Poll: Which is your favorite version?



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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Acer
Date: February 13, 2019 12:06AM
George Benson is the definitive version for me. I knew it was a cover, but never spent much time with the earlier or later versions.



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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: February 13, 2019 12:13AM
original 1963 release (2:57)

btw, AC/DC performed an instrumental only cover LIVE! Pretty slick imo.



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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: February 13, 2019 02:12AM
Just seeing the subject line popped the second Drifters version into my head.

I love love love that song.

George Benson's version comes in just behind it, and brings a different mood.

Two great performances.

And I agree, the Drifter's version seems to have a slightly different arrangement, maybe slightly more up tempo.

It's the version I used to hear and sing to all the time. Benson came to me later, and I liked his cover too.




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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: RE:up
Date: February 13, 2019 04:42AM
Another instrumental version, (Jazz) Crusaders from the album Heat Wave.

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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Sam3
Date: February 13, 2019 05:22AM
I love the George Benson version. I'm partial to it, as that was the first version that I heard, back in my college days. I got to interview George when I was working at the student-run radio station, it was quite an honor, and he was quite gracious and made the interview easy, especially considering I was a newby when it came to interviewing.
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: flightdelayedagain
Date: February 13, 2019 06:22AM
I think I like the George Benson version the best. I also like how Genesis paid homage in the live version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Here is an old video from 1977 - it starts as 4:20. [www.youtube.com]
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 13, 2019 06:54AM
....what......no Liza with a Z.......??



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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: mspace
Date: February 13, 2019 10:06AM
Ours.
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 13, 2019 10:52AM
I'll agree with Benson's approach. So much soul in his voice.
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: February 13, 2019 11:18AM
On Broadway" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Sam3
Date: February 13, 2019 12:10PM
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Steve G.
On Broadway" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Not really.

Well...

Sort of.

Mann and Weil wrote it and it was recorded by the Cookies and the Crystals.

The Drifters needed a song to be able to finish their album and Mann and Weil offered it to Leiber and Stoller. Leiber and Stoller didn't think it would work as is for the Drifters, so all four had a brainstorming session where they somewhat revised the song, which is what the Drifters ended up recording.

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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 13, 2019 01:12PM
Y'all have to listen to this NPR program from last week. It shows how the Drifters changed the mood from the original.

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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: February 13, 2019 03:54PM
Oh wow… I always associate the song "On Broadway" with this Radio Free Europe PSA from 1971-

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Thanks for the flashback!



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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Rolando
Date: February 13, 2019 09:51PM
I went walking the other night, and had the five versions in a playlist. A movie played in my head. A young man arrives in NYC about 1963, bright eyed, with the Cookies singing and dancing behind him. Cut to a few months later, playing @#$%& gigs, and the Crystals' version playing behind while he looks around his nasty apartment. But he looks determined...and he goes to the next job, walking on the street, as the Drifter play all around him...
Cut to about a decade letter, and he is jamming triumphantly with George Benson! He's finally made it.... only to wake up in an alleyway, and we hear Neil Young's downer version...



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"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Eli Weisel

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

"I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it." - Billy Graham 1981

"Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise" - Barry Goldwater
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 13, 2019 10:03PM
The NPR piece told about how the Drifters version was a downer from the Cookies.
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Re: "On Broadway"
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: February 15, 2019 07:30AM
My favorite (somewhat obscure) cut by the Cookies...

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