Thursday, April 21, 2022

Song of the Day: 'The Sidewalks of New York' by Debbie Harry

Because I didn't watch "The Deuce" -- on top of being generally oblivious to many contemporary things -- I'm just now learning about the version Debbie Harry and others from Blondie did of vaudeville actor and singer Charles B. Lawlor's and lyricist James Blake's famed "Sidewalks of New York." Many have covered it, including Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Mel Tormé and the Grateful Dead. (In 2011, Richard Barone of the Bongos released an updated version referencing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.) But something about hearing the queen of downtown put her mark on it feels especially right. See if you agree. 

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