How “New York, New York” became Frank Sinatra’s most beloved hit

Welcome to Season 2! Today we’re throwing it back to kick off this new season of Uncovering the Cover.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words “New York”? The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square?

How about melting away those small town blues to make a brand new start? How about making it there so that you can make it anywhere?

That’s exactly what happened with the song we’re uncovering today. Yes, of course, we’re talking about “Theme from New York, New York”

Back in 1979, Frank Sinatra recorded one of his most beloved hits, the song that’s played every time at the end of every New York Yankees home game, the song that embraced the City in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the song which has strengthen the solidarity of those living in the capital of the world during the Coronavirus pandemic. A song that was actually written as the theme song for a film by New York’s own Martin Scorcese, and is in the back of our mind every time we think of and step into New York City. In fact, if it wasn’t because of actor Robert de Niro, we probably wouldn’t have “New york, New york” now.

Welcome to Uncovering the Cover, the podcast where we tell the stories of the songs that have captured our imagination… throughout several generations. Today, we’re uncovering a song that has been covered by many artists, but most people believe it’s originally by Frank Sinatra.

This is Uncovering the Cover: “Start Spreading the News”.

We have adapted some changes that you will see starting today!

First, we’re not giving away the name of the song we’re uncovering in the title of the episode anymore, in contrast, we will hint by titling each episode with something related to the song, but not the title per se. Ideally, this will help spark a little bit your curiosity.

Second, and this is perhaps the most important change we’re adapting, it’s now up to you to decide which song is uncovered next, so follow us on Instagram @uncoveringthecover, because that’s where you can vote for the cover we’re uncovering next week! Just go on into our stories and choose which of those songs should be uncovered next week!

Third, starting today, we will also have some episodes in Spanish! as you can see now on our podcast feed, we have launched two episodes at the same time, this one and a second one in español. That episode is titled “Para Enamorarnos Pasó una Hora y Pasó Ligera”, about one of the Spanish songs you remember the most when you’re heartbroken. So many fans of Uncovering the Cover from Latin America got in contact with us, and this is why we’re now going bilingual! … And if you want to improve your Spanish, we’ve also included a very special section on our Spanish episodes, so that you can listen and learn Spanish at the same time.

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