Funky Broadway

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"Funky Broadway"
Single by Wilson Pickett
from the album The Sound of Wilson Pickett
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Genre Soul
Length 2:33
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Arlester "Dyke" Christian
Wilson Pickett singles chronology
"You Can't Stand Alone" (1967) "Funky Broadway"
"I'm in Love"

"Funky Broadway" is a song written by Arlester "Dyke" Christian. It was originally recorded by his band, Dyke & the Blazers, in 1967, and was made into a hit by Wilson Pickett that same year.

The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and number eight on its Hot 100 chart.[1] The song is notable as being the first charted single with the word "Funky" in the title as well as being prototypical funk music itself.

The credits on the recording are:[2]

Wilson Pickett, vocal • Spooner Oldham, keyboards • Chips Moman, Jimmy Johnson, guitars • Tommy Cogbill, bass • Roger Hawkins, drums • Bowlegs Miller, trumpet • Charlie Chalmers, Jimmy Mitchell, tenor sax • Floyd Newman, baritone sax

The song was recorded in Muscle Shoals, February 1, 1967 and produced by Jerry Wexler.

The "Broadway" referred to in the title is the original Dyke and the Blazers song is Broadway in Buffalo, New York as well as Broadway Street in Phoenix, Arizona, not the famous Broadway in New York City.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 461. 
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Preceded by
"Cold Sweat"- Part 1 by James Brown and The Famous Flames
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (Wilson Pickett version)
September 30, 1967
Succeeded by
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson