New York Groove

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"New York Groove"
Single by Ace Frehley
from the album Ace Frehley
Released 1978 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Plaze Sound Studios,
New York City: 1978
Genre Rock
Length 3:01
Label Casablanca NB-941 (US)
Writer(s) Russ Ballard
Producer(s) Eddie Kramer and Ace Frehley
Ace Frehley singles chronology
"Radioactive" / "See You In Your Dreams"
(1978)
"New York Groove" / "Snow Blind"
(1978)
"Don't You Let Me Down"
(1978)

"New York Groove" is a song written by English singer/songwriter Russ Ballard, which was a hit for two different artists: the band Hello in 1975, and Ace Frehley in 1978.

Hello version[edit]

The British glam rock band Hello first recorded the song in 1975, for their debut album, Keeps Us off the Streets.

The song was a number nine hit in the UK, and subsequently reached number seven in Germany.

Ace Frehley version[edit]

Ace Frehley, best known as the lead guitarist of Kiss, recorded "New York Groove" for his first solo album, Ace Frehley, released in 1978; the album was released concurrently with solo albums from the other three Kiss members. Released as a single, the song made it to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 late that year, by far the highest charting single from any of the four solo albums. Frehley once told Rolling Stone magazine that his unique take on the song was inspired by his experience with hookers in New York City's Times Square in the 1970s.

"New York Groove" was performed on Kiss's tours of 1979 and 1980, and became a staple of Frehley's shows during his solo tours in the 1980s and 90s, and again during the Reunion Tour when he rejoined Kiss in 1996.

A live version of the song can be found on the Japanese version of the 1996 Kiss album You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (and the U.S. vinyl version) recorded in Sydney, Australia in 1980, which would also make it one of the few live recordings released by the group to feature longtime drummer Eric Carr.

Other versions[edit]

"New York Groove" is the opening track on the 2012 Sweet album New York Connection. This version fuses Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' song "Empire State of Mind" (another ode to New York city), into the chorus.[1]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

The Ace Frehley recording appears in the following films:

"New York Groove" has also been used on television:

  • It was played at the end of the 10th episode of season 4 of the TV show Entourage.
  • It was the opening theme for the first two seasons of the American cable television reality series NY Ink.
  • It has been played on USA Network in a promo for the series White Collar.

AT&T also used the Hello version of "New York Groove" in a 2012 commercial.

The Hello version is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the in-game radio station Liberty Rock Radio.

Other uses[edit]

The New York Giants use "New York Groove" at home games after scoring a touchdown as well as Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.

The melody of the song inspired Argentine rock band Soda Stereo for writing the song "Zoom" for the album Sueño Stereo in 1995.

References[edit]

The movie "Blood Ties" did use the song in the opening but they stated the scene as 1974 when the song did not come out till 1978.