Friday, April 11, 2014


For their annual "Yesteryear Issue",  New York Magazine has decided to focus on the influential musical artists who made their start in this magical city. The story traces back to near the beginning of the last century right up to present day. While some of these performers may have been born elsewhere, they all used the city to seek out fellow kindred spirits, hone their craft and eventually find their creative voice. Many of these musicians will be quite familiar while others have been, sadly, long forgotten. It's a fascinating profile that you should definitely check out.

Click below to read the article:

The Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music

Here are some songs from a few of the artists who made their breakthrough in the Big Apple:

"Lady Sings The Blues" - Billie Holiday (1956)

"Don't Rain On My Parade" - Barbra Streisand (1968)

"Gloria" - Patti Smith (1975)

"Holiday" - Madonna (1983)

"Shake Your Rump" - Beastie Boys (1989)

"Big Poppa" - The Notorious B.I.G. (1995)

"South Side" - Moby (1999)

"Family Affair" - Mary J. Blige (2001)


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