New York Minute (song)

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"New York Minute"
Single by Don Henley
from the album The End of the Innocence
Released 1990
Format CD
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock
Length 6:37
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, and Jai Winding
Don Henley singles chronology
"How Bad Do You Want It?"
"New York Minute"
"The Garden of Allah"

"New York Minute" is a song written by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, and Jai Winding. Henley originally recorded it for his 1989 album The End of the Innocence. The single was a #5 hit on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart the following year, although it reached only #48 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The track features Pino Palladino on fretless bass, Toto members David Paich, who played piano and wrote the string arrangement, and Jeff Porcaro on drums. It also features Take 6 on background vocals.

The song was covered by the Eagles on the Hell Freezes Over album and DVD, as well as Herbie Hancock on his 1995 album The New Standard. In 1998, the Danish singer Sanne Salomonsen covered the song on an album of the same name, together with Chris Minh Doky. John Wetton covered it on his 2015 live release of the same name, New York Minute.

It is featured in The West Wing episode "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail," which was named for a line from the song. It is also featured in the Friends episode "The One with Two Parts, Part Two".

The song has close association to the 9/11 tragedy, with heavy airplay by stations at the time.

The song has also been sampled by New York rapper French Montana.

Nicki Minaj has also sampled the song in "NY Minute".

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