This group were formed in 1972, and comprised of:
John Brown (b. New York City, New York, U.S.A.)
Claude Johnson (b. Beckley, West Virginia, U.S.A.)
Tim McQueen (b. Innettsville, South Carolina, U.S.A.)
Eddie Schell (b. Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.)
New York City are best remembered for their Sherman Marshall/Thom Bell penned hit ‘I’m Doin’ Fine Now’ in 1973.
Formed in 1972, the group’s main recordings were recorded in Philadelphia.
seven lonely nights b/w iil ole me - 1971-45
Initially, the group recorded under the name of the Triboro Exchange (slang for the term ‘nothing’), releasing 'Seven Lonely Nights b/w 'Lil Ole Me' in 1971 for the Buddah imprint.
The group comprised of ex Doo Wop vocalists and performers.
Triboro Exchange soon had renamed themselves New York City.
John Brown had recorded with The Five Satins, The Cadillacs and The Moonglows (his sister was one of the Sweet Inspirations), whilst Claude Johnson was a member of the group’s The Genies and Don & Juan.
Tim McQueen was a classical music student from South Carolina.
Signed to the Chelsea imprint in the U.K. and U.S., ‘I’m Doin’ Fine Now' b/w 'Ain't It So' charted in 1972, reaching number 17 on the mainstream U.S. charts, number 20 in the U.K.
i'm doin' fine now - 1973 / soulful road - 1974
A parent album went under the same title, and featured the Wes Farrell and Thom Bell production team.
The album, also, featured the song ‘Make Me Twice The Man’ b/w 'Uncle James', which was later covered by the group on the Notations, some three years later on their debut album.
The song became a second single, followed by a third hit ‘Quick, Fast, In A Hurry' b/w 'Reach Out', which reached number 19 on the R&B charts.
New York City released 'Soulful Road' in 1974, the cover of which mimicked the Beatles Abbey Road album sleeve.
They later toured in 1973 with the Big Apple Band.
'I'm Doin' Fine Now' was later recorded by the U.K. Soul group, the Pasadena's.
New York City disbanded in late 1974.
I'm Doing Fine Now (Chelsea Records 1973)
Soulful Road (Chelsea Records 1974)