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Performances Song History Lyrics

New York, New York

Music/Lyrics: Kander/Ebb

Vocals: Page

Original Artist: Liza Minnelli

Original Album: New York, New York soundtrack (1977)

Debut: 1997-12-31

Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)

Popularized by both Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli, the Big Apple theme song “New York, New York” was originally penned by the Broadway composing duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb for Martin Scorsese’s film New York, New York. While the song is most popularly associated with Sinatra, his version is actually a cover. 

Just a few short blocks off Broadway, Phish performed “New York, New York” to close the New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden in the wee hours of 12/31/97. As has been the case with many first-time Phish covers this was apparently a last minute decision, with the band learning the tune between sets before debuting the song as the show’s encore (leading into a rocking “Tweezer Reprise” to close the show). Page, known to aspire to a Las Vegas Lounge Lizard career in his post-Phish days, provided the simultaneously soulful yet cheesy vocals, while Mike and Trey obliged with a few semi-coordinated Broadway-style leg kicks. Filing out into the freezing New York night, many a Phish NYE reveler could be heard singing along: “Start spreading the news...!”

Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"

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