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This is a cogent analysis of what Leiber & Sto...

2008-10-22T22:56:00.000+02:00

This is a cogent analysis of what Leiber & Stoller were doing as writers in general, and what they specifically accomplished with "On Broadway." However, it is essential to include cowriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in any discussion of "On Broadway." Leiber & Stoller's rewrite brought out the shadows in the story that were only hinted at in Mann & Weil's original version, but the social commentary reflects their sensibilities as much as Leiber & Stoller's. (The story of the other great Leiber/Stoller/Mann/Weil collaboration, "Only In America," makes that abundantly clear.)

George Benson's buoyant hit remake accentuates the defiant hope in the song, while versions such as Neil Young's and Jimmy Scott's explore the desperation to great (and very different) effect. The original Drifters record, however, strikes the most even balance.