At this time disco was just becoming ubiquitous and “Native New Yorker” hit the charts in a big way in late 1977. It’s easy to see why this was immediately loved. This attains the glitz and energy inherent in late ‘70s New York. Gifted with killer lines and deft turns of phrases, this song’s wit and panache made it stand out. Despite the brisk and steady pace, there is an undercurrent of caution in this track. The writers, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randall didn’t offer any conclusions or a happy ending. If they did the song would have lost its strength and momentum. Really it was the candor and the obvious love for the city and skillful observations about relationships that made this click.
Lillian Lewis’s cynical lead vocal gave the song its necessary lack of sweetness.
Like the city detailed in the song “Native New Yorker” offers a plethora of styles. From the Van McCoy type intro, the hustle-type beat, to the retro, sophisticated horns in the chorus, this really pulled it all together. “Native New Yorker” hit the pop charts at #21. It has subsequently been used in films like 1998’s 54 and is an instance of right place, right people and precisely the right time.