How A Martin Scorcese Movie Birthed Frank Sinatra's Iconic New York, New York

By Kellar Ellsworth
For a man with a million hits, New York, New York become one of Sinatra's greatest. amazon

The 1977’s “New York, New York,” became the swan song smash hit for the incomparable Frank Sinatra but it actually wasn’t his song at all. Even though everyone thinks of The Rat Pack alpha dog when they hear, “If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere,” it all began with a Martin Scorcese movie of the same name.

The quintessentially New York song also required a Robert De Niro dismissal of two heavyweight songwriters, John Kander and Fred Ebb, to spark their creative juices. Liza Minnelli belted out what would become the city’s unofficial anthem but her connection to the song disappeared when the Chairman of the Board gave the world his rendition.