New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice)

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"New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice)" is a song performed and composed by singer-songwriter, Gerard Kenny in 1978. The song is an ode to his hometown and state New York, New York.

Kenny wrote the song about myth versus fact and explains that the city is overall a great place ("It was a really nice night for a good street fight or a robbery/But I always knew in my home town that would never happen to me"). The line "So Good They Named It Twice" is a play on the fact the name of the city and state are both "New York".

"New York, New York" (as it is sometimes simply called) was the first hit for Kenny after a number of non-charting singles back home in the United States. In 1978, after moving to England the song was released. Although it got no higher than Number 42 on the UK Singles Chart, it remained there for two months. It also received much airplay, and was included on Kenny's Made It Through The Rain album, and the song's popularity helped the collection reach the top 20.

Shirley Bassey later covered the song, as part of her "New York Medley", along with "Theme from New York, New York".

The song was included on the following albums released by Kenny:

  • Made it Through the Rain (1979)
  • The Time Between the Time (1994)
  • The Best Of Gerrard Kenny (1998)
  • 25 Years on The Beat

The song was also parodied in the Beautiful South song "Liar's Bar" in which the line "singing: 'whisky, whiskey...so good they named it twice' " features.

On the 1959 album by George Russell, "New York, NY", on Decca, on the first track, Rodgers and Hart's Manhattan, vocalist Jon Hendricks says at 0:44 "... a city so nice, they had to name it twice..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoVrPH-gL9g