New York Minute (song)

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"New York Minute"
New York Minute.jpg
Single by Don Henley
from the album The End of the Innocence
ReleasedNovember 6, 1990
FormatCD, Vinyl
GenreRock, hard rock, smooth jazz
Songwriter(s)Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, and Jai Winding
Producer(s)Don Henley and Danny Kortchmar[1]
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. Musicians mentioned in the sleeve notes: Don Henley, Danny Kortschmar, Steve Madaio, David Paich, Pino Palladino, Jeff Porcaro, Take 6, Jai Winding.[2]

Eagles performances[edit]

"New York Minute" is one of several of Henley's solo songs to be performed by Eagles (the others being "Dirty Laundry", "All She Wants to Do Is Dance", "The Boys of Summer", "The Heart of the Matter", and "Sunset Grill") during the Hell Freezes Over tour. On the album and DVD aside from the tour, there is a cameo by former Loggins & Messina sideman Al Garth playing a muted trumpet solo.

Other appearances[edit]

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"[3] and at the final of the first episode (365) of Black Monday.

Covers and samples[edit]

Herbie Hancock covered the song 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.[4]

The song has also been sampled by New York rapper French Montana.[5]


  1. ^ Sleeve notes to New York Minute in Actual Miles CD of 1995.
  2. ^ Sleeve notes to New York Minute in Actual Miles CD of 1995.
  3. ^ ""Friends" The One with Two Parts: Part 2 (TV Episode 1995) - Soundtracks - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  4. ^ New York Minute John Wetton and The Les Paul Trio on Amazon Music
  5. ^ "French Montana feat. Jadakiss 'New York Minute' sample of Don Henley's 'New York Minute'". Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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