Adams was born and raised in North Carolina, where he was a member of the group Whiskeytown. He first moved to New York in 1999 to be closer to his girlfriend, who he wrote this about. In the song, she is "New York," hence the line, "I still love you, New York."
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Adams and his girlfriend eventually broke up, and he ended up in Nashville. He played his first shows as a solo artist in New York.
The video features Adams lip-synching across the river from the World Trade Center. It was filmed on September 7, 2001. He dedicated the video to all those who lost their lives on September 11.
Speaking to Billboard magazine about the song in 2011, Adams said: "The song was about a lady. It's a poorly written song, I think, about my supposed time in New York in my early twenties. I always felt like it was going to be misappropriated anyway. I'm not from here, but it was like the 'silly, new New Yorker' thing to do. I just only recently started playing it again, which is pretty cool. But I play it the way I originally played it, which was on piano."
The video was inspired by a popular sitcom. Adams recalled to Billboard magazine: "The original video, we shot was in a taxi cab and it came out badly. I was a fanatic for the show Friends. Like, I've seen every episode in order. So I said, 'Can we just shoot it so it has all the angles from the Friends opening sequence, when they show the city?' If you actually look at Friends and the angles that sweep by in the opening sequence, it's pretty much exactly where I am in several of those parts of the video, in the performance part. So that was the original intention of the video, me poking fun at my Friends obsession."
Gene from Frederick, MdI'm addicted to Ryan Adam's music, the more you listen the more you realize he might be the most underrated singer/songwriter of the last 20 years. Two, Fix It, Peaceful Valley, Please do Not Let Me Go, Nightbirds...all of them and more are so well arrange and so beautifully sung. A ton of his free concerts on internet archive, check it out.
Dylan from Port Orange, FlI'm more of a Red Sox fan myself.
Eric from Milltown, Inryan adams is great. this song keeps me chill. i have yet to find a song by him i didn't like.
Kieran from Essex, EnglandI heard that when a fan requested "Summer of 69" he immediately stopped playing and told the offender to leave the gig but the fan refused so, not wanting to back down, Ryan Adams offered to refund the entry fee
Kathryn from Portland , OrApparently Ryan Adams does not respond well when confused with Bryan Adams. At one of his concerts, a confused fan yelled out a request to play "Summer of 69" and Ryan Adams threw a tantrum, destroyed his guitar, and replied, "My name isn't f*cking Bryan Adams!"
Oh well, I guess it would upset me too to be confused with the dude who sang, "Everything I do, I do it for you."
Erica from Illinois, IlRyan Adams is the best singer in the universe. His voice is truly amazing, his music is truly amazing...just everything. And "New York, New York" is just such a great true Americana song. I don't think Adams could've done better on this one. And whenever I get down about 9-11, I know I can always play this song. 10 stars to Adams on this one. He couldn't have done better.