“The Boy from New York City” is a song originally recorded by the American soul group The Ad Libs, released as their first single in 1965. Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart week of February 27, 1965. Though the group continued to record many other singles, they would never repeat the chart success of “The Boy from New York City”.
The song was later covered by Darts and The Manhattan Transfer, both becoming chart hits in the UK and US respectively. Darts peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1978, whilst The Manhattan Transfer’s version peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981. The song also inspired a response song by The Beach Boys, “The Girl from New York City”, from their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!).
As part of a collaboration with Everfree Radio’s MandoPony, actress Michelle Creber also recorded a cover of the song.