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Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison

Album: Kansas City: The Best of Wilbert HarrisonReleased: 1959Charted:
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  • I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
    I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
    They got some crazy lil' women there
    And I'm gonna get me one.

    I'm gonna be standing on the corner
    Of Twelfth Street and Vine
    I'm gonna be standing on the corner
    Of Twelfth Street and Vine
    With my Kansas City baby
    And a bottle of Kansas City wine.

    Well I might take a train
    I might take a plane, but if I have to walk
    I'm going just the same
    I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
    They got some crazy lil' women there
    And I'm gonna get me one.

    Oh but you know yeah

    Now if I stay with that woman, I know I'm gonna die
    Gotta find a brand new baby
    That's the reason why
    I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come

    They got some crazy lil' women there and I'm gonna get me one
    They got some crazy lil' women there and I'm gonna get me one
    They got some crazy lil' women there and I'm gonna get me oneWriter/s: JERRY LEIBER, MIKE STOLLER
    Publisher: IMAGEM U.S. LLC , Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 24

Joe, could it be the car he is referring to, or the fact that KC (as I recall ) was one of those western towns that had cattle and horses shipped from?Jennifur Sun - Ramona
Does anyone know who played the piano on Harrison's version?Jennifur Sun - Ramona
For some reason this is one of the covers I never liked.Jennifur Sun - Ramona
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny... Trini Lopez couldn't have performed "Kansas City" on 11/23/63 on American Bandstand because all of the networks were covering the Kennedy assassination of the day before. Perhaps it was scheduled for that day and played later. JoeJoe - Israel
About halfway or more into the song Wilbert Harrison shouts out "mustang"! Does anyone know what he meant by that?Joe - Israel
On November 23rd 1963, Trini Lopez performed his covered version of "Kansas City" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
At the time the song was at #70 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and thirty-six days later on December 29th, 1963 it peaked at #23 {for 1 week} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
It was the follow-up record to his #3 hit, "If I Had a Hammer"...
“Kansas City” reached #13 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
Between 1963 and 1968 he had thirteen Top 100 records; his next biggest hit after "If I Had a Hammer" was "Lemon Tree", it peaked at #20 {for 2 weeks} on February 14th, 1965...
Trinidad López III will celebrate his 78th birthday come next May 15th {2015}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Wilbert Harrison did a follow up song that said "Goodby Kansas City, New York City here we come". The music was exactly the same. Only the lyrics were different. The only time I heard this recording was on a juke box in Kansas City back in the early seventies. Anyone else ever heard of this song?John - Des Moines , Ia
Wilbert Harrison did a follow up song that said "Goodby Kansas City, New York City here we come". The music was exactly the same. Only the lyrics were different. The only time I heard this recording was on a juke box in Kansas City back in the early seventies. Anyone else ever heard of this song?John - Des Moines , Ia
I find it interesting that three versions of this song were recorded in 1959 and they all made it onto the pop charts; neither of the others, by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and Little Richard,were as successful as Wilbert Harrison's however. Imo Ballard's can function as sort of a bridge between Richard's and Harrison's.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
I saw the video clip of Wilbert Harrison playing it on a TV show. It was in the key of Db. They showed him playing a Db walking bass line with his left hand and F, Ab, and Db in the right hand. Fats Domino also plays it in the original key of Db. I play Bb trumpet so I think in terms of Db rather than C#. They are both the same sound (enharmonically).Matthew - Greenville, Nc
Actually, if you look at that location in person, you will find that that corner DOES NOT EXIST. It is an extrapolated estimate of where those two streets *should* meet and is located in the middle of a small park. Due to the history created by this song, there is now a street intersection sign at the location where the streets would meet if they did continue through the park. It is located directly North of the Kansas City Jazz District and, my take on it is that it was maybe a hangout for after-hours drinking and carrying on by patrons of the Jazz District. Prostitution may have gone on there, but that park is too small to find any privacy.Bob - Kansas City, Mo, Mo
On May 11th, 1959 "Kansas City" reached #1 on the R&B chart and stayed there for seven consecution weeks!!! {The song it replaced at the top spot was "It's Just a Matter of Time" by Brook Benton, that song was #1 for nine straight weeks}Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
What Dave in Omaha is talking about it is the history of "12th street and vine" was a known prostitute area and he was going to look for some crazy lovin. Most KC people figure thats what the song is about.Frances - Parkville, Mo
The song was probably recorded in C and sped up which was a very common thing back then. Many records were sped up to fit the shorter time restraints and to pick up the beat.John - New Orleans, La
From what I've read about the song's history, the original lyric was "They've got a funky [crazy] way of lovin' there and I'm gonna get me some." Not "... crazy little women ... get me one."

In Peggy Lee's version, she sings "They've got some swingin' little fellahs there ... "

Wilbert Harrison had by far the biggest hit with the song but he did not have the original version.

Genie, Seattle
Genie - Seattle, Wa
what ever key it was done in, I'm thinking 2 things...
it was a "Head arrangement".. meaning it wasn't written down..
and also that if it was in as our friend says
in c#,i'm sure the musicians were thinking of Db instead.(samepitch)
Steveo
Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
I just made my first YouTube of my piano playing...and I picked....."Kansas City" !

Please have a look and post a comment there.

Thanks fellow "Kansas City" fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17WmSS_6YU

Yours,
Memphis "Piano" Joe
Memphis "piano" Joe - Los Angeles, Ca
The first time I heard the Wilber Harrison version of this song in 1959, I along with the young dancing club crowd...were blown away. We were a dancing generation and did a dance we called the "PUSH". The dance and this song were a perfect fit. There's been dozens of other artist cover this song...none can match Harrisons. It was a hugh hit in 1959 and I still think of it as an important notch in R&B and R&R history.Shirley - Houston, Tx
Working girls and song keys aside, "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT song than the tune by Little Richard, and later the Beatles. The only thing they have in common is the title!Jerry - Seattle, Wa
BTW, the original hit version, by Wilbert Harrison, is in the key of C #.Garrett - Nashville, Tn
Since when does "crazy li'l women" signify prostitution?Garrett - Nashville, Tn
The version by the Beatles is in G...Sam - Shanghai, China
I'm surprised how much commercial success a song about prostitutes had
-great song
Dave - Omaha, Ne
What key was Kansas City done in? Or was it done in more than one by Wilbert Harrison. Thank youJames Liedel - Monreoe, Mi
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