March 27, 2012
The Ad Libs
The Ad Libs were a vocal group from Bayonne, New Jersey during the early 1960s. Featuring their characteristic female lead vocals with male “doo-wop” backing, their 1965 single “The Boy from New York City“, written by George Davis and John T. Taylor, was their only pop chart hit.
Known originally as The Creators, the group formed in 1964 in Bayonne with Hugh Harris, Danny Austin, Dave Watt, Norman Donegan and Mary Ann Thomas. “The Boy from New York City” was released in December 1964 and by March 1965 had scored number 8 on the US popular music charts. The group next recorded “He Ain’t No Angel” which reached number 100 in 1965. The next two singles failed to chart, and The Ad Libs’ contract was not renewed by Red Bird Records company. In 1969, they had a last R&B chart hit with the song “Giving Up”, which peaked at number 34 R&B. They continued to record into the 1980s, but never repeated the success of “The Boy from New York City”.
“The Boy from New York City” charted again in the UK for Darts in 1978 and in the US for The Manhattan Transfer in 1981. The song has been used in a commercial for Everybody Hates Chris on the Paramount Comedy channel in the UK.