On Broadway

Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Published: 05 Aug 2014 Updated: 22 Jun 2023Visits: 252Code: UL565

INSTRUMENTS: Rock Main: Any Others: ANY Leadsheet Play-along
Subjects: Jazz • Repertoire • Rock

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On Broadway

"On Broadway" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Weil and Mann were based at Aldon Music, located at 1650 Broadway, New York City, and the song as written by Mann/Weil was originally recorded by the Cookies (although the Crystals' version beat them to release) and featured an upbeat lyric in which the protagonist is still on her way to Broadway and sings "I got to get there soon, or I'll just die." Additionally the melody was in compound time and the backing riff modulated between the root and the minor 2nd.

On Broadway — Premium Play-along Track

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On Broadway is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

On Broadway…

The songwriters, Weil and Mann were based at Aldon Music, located at 1650 Broadway, New York City, and was originally recorded by The Cookies (although The Crystals' version beat them to release) and featured an upbeat lyric in which the protagonist is still on her way to Broadway and sings I got to get there soon, or I'll just die. Additionally the melody was in compound time and the backing riff modulated between the root and the minor 2nd.

George Benson's version of On Broadway, from his 1978 album Weekend in L.A., hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the soul chart. The George Benson version also has had substantial adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio airplay ever since. It won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance. The song appeared in the films Big Business and American Beauty. George Benson's performance of the song was used during the opening credits of the 1979 film All That Jazz, which featured dancers on stage auditioning for a musical similar to Chicago. George Benson also performed "On Broadway" with Clifford and The Rhythm Rats for the 1994 Muppet album Kermit Unpigged.

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On Broadway - Premium Play-along

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Premium play-along track for On Broadway. Modulates up a key each time through.

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On Broadway - Leadsheet for Playalong

Updated: 22 Jun 2023

Leadsheet for "On Broadway", Playalong.

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On Broadway - Original Handwritten Leadsheet for Playalong

Updated: 22 Jun 2023

Original Handwritten Leadsheet for "On Broadway", Playalong.

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