Use in Manhattan – Songs about New York – SWR4

New York has inspired musicians of all styles, and numerous titles about the city and its stories have been created. A complete inventory? Impossible. Nevertheless, we want to give you a little insight: Popular and bizarre finds with music from and about New York.

New York (Foto: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance/AP Photo - J. David Ake)

New York




dpa Bildfunk



picture alliance/AP Photo – J. David Ake


The cultural life and the importance of the metropolis in the history of music are an exciting chapter. In 1922 the first country record was recorded in New York City, the Apollo Theater is a place of worship for lovers of black music and it is not without good reason that “The Big Apple” is celebrated as the world capital of jazz. Benny Goodman made jazz socially acceptable in 1938 with his now legendary concert at Carnegie Hall.

View of New York (Photo: picture-alliance / Reportdienste, picture alliance / VisualEyze)
View of New York (Photo: picture-alliance / Reportdienste, picture alliance / VisualEyze)

View of New York




picture-alliance / Reportdienste



picture alliance / VisualEyze


Lovers of classical music will find the Metropolitan Opera in New York, one of the world’s leading opera houses, and on Broadway, over 40 large theaters offer performances. If these addresses seem too pompous to you – there is also music in the open air in Central Park. Numerous performances of various directions are available and the atmosphere that can be created is impressively demonstrated, for example, by the concert by Simon & Garfunkel, which took place there in 1981 in front of half a million spectators.

In our cover gallery you will find many more stories and background information about “musical New York”.

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