New York Groove Ace Frehley (Casablanca, 1978)
New York Groove was written by English singer/songwriter Russ Ballard and he scored a hit for two different artists. Glam English rock band Hello first recorded New York Groove in 1975 for their debut album Keep Us Off the Streets. It peaked at #9 in the UK and #7 in Germany.
In 1978, Ace Frehley (lead guitarist of Kiss) was striking off on his own and recorded New York Groove for his self-titled solo album. (Some interesting trivia: all the members of Kiss released their solo albums concurrently.) Frehley’s version hit #13 and had the highest charting single from any of their solo efforts.
More trivia: The New York Giants (an American football team) use New York Groove at home games after they score a touchdown. The Iona Gaels (the athletics division from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York), the New York Mets and New York City Football Club (a soccer team) also use New York Groove after they win home games. During the 2014 and 2015 New York City Marathons, you could have heard the song as background promotional music. Thousands of T-shirts proclaim that people heart New York…