The Steve Karmen Big Band ‎– I Love New York

Struttin' Records ‎– ST 101
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Repress


A I Love New York (Vocal) 3:25
B I Love New York (Instrumental) 3:15



Struttin' records
℗1977 Elsmere Music, Inc.
Publisher— Elsmere Music, Inc
Distributed by PRIVATE STOCK RECORDS LTD., New York, NY.

[The runout etching, Side A was originally etched as PVT-1410, but now appears as PVT-1409, with a larger figure '0' obscuring the figures '1 & 0'. This would suggest that the original Side A was the instrumental version, see <a href="">Original Issue STR101</a>]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label - Side A): (PVT 1409)
  • Matrix / Runout (Label - Side B): (PVT 1410)
  • Other (Run Out Groove Etching Side A): PVT-1409
  • Other (Run Out Groove Etching Side B): PVT-1410
  • Other (Rights Society): ASCAP


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May 11, 2009

Scorer Steve Karmen, known in Northern Soul circles for his track "Breakaway" (also as Steve Karmen Big Band), was responsible for this little nugget that so many originally from New York know by heart, if not by name. This release from 1977 became the official state song of New York, and was part of the NY campaign of the late 70s to try and renew the image of the city (and state) in the eyes of the world. The same year, Tom Moulton's studio disco act Metropolis released a dance version of it which became a hit on Salsoul, but this is the original, official version which was used for decades in New York tourism television. The instrumental version was used as a audio bed and trailer for all kinds of televised advertising.... and still provides a jolt of nostalgic pride.