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“This was a Top Ten hit in 1965. This tune had legs because The Manhattan Transfer recorded it again in 1981 and it went Top Ten a second time.”
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The Boy From New York City
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The Ad Libs were a vocal group from Bayonne, New Jersey during the early 1960s. Featuring their characteristic female lead vocals with male "doo-wop" backing, their 1965 single "The Boy from New York City", written by George Davis & John T. Taylor, was their only success.

Known originally as The Creators, the group formed during 1964 in Bayonne with Hugh Harris, Danny Austin, Dave Watt, Norman Donegan and Mary Ann Thomas. "The Boy from New York City" was released during December 1964 and by March 1965 had scored number 8 on the US popular music charts. The group next recorded "He Ain't No Angel" which scored #100 during 1965.[1] The next two singles failed to score on chart, and The Ad Libs contract was not renewed by Red Bird Records company. During 1969, they scored a last R&B chart success with the song "Giving Up", which maximumed at #34 R&B.[1] They continued to record into the 1980s, but never repeated the success of "The Boy from New York City". The song scored again in the UK for Darts during 1978 and in the US for The Manhattan Transfer during 1981. The song is used currently in a commercial for Everybody Hates Chris on the Paramount Comedy channel in the UK.

The Beach Boys song "The Girl from New York City", from their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), was written as an "answer song" to "The Boy from New York City".

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