Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in
VOA Special English. Lots of people
have a favorite city. Maybe it is the
city where they were born, or the place of their happiest memories. Or maybe it is just a place they would like
to call home. Today, we present some
songs about favorite American cities.
Your travel guides are Shirley Griffith and Rich Kleinfeldt.
"New York, New York")
York. New York. More songs have been
written about America's biggest city than about any other city. More than eight million people live in New
York. Many others dream about leaving
their small towns to go there. They want to become rich and famous. Frank Sinatra sings about this dream in the
most popular song written about New York.
"New York, New York")
three million people live in the middle western city of Chicago, Illinois. It is now America's third largest city. It used to be the second largest city. So, of course, it needed its own song.
Garland sings the song, "Chicago, Chicago. "
Chicago is the small industrial city of Gary, Indiana. This city was made famous by a song in a
musical play called "The Music Man." The play opened on Broadway in
New York in nineteen fifty-seven. In
the musical, a young boy sings about his hometown. Here, Eddie Hodges sings
in the middle of America is the city of Kansas City. It is the largest city in the state of Missouri. In the
nineteen-sixties, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote about going
to Kansas City. Why? Because they said it was filled with many
wonderful women. James Brown sings the
song "Kansas City."
love cities near the ocean. One of the
most popular is Miami, Florida.
Visitors go there all year because the weather is warm. This song about Miami was written in
nineteen thirty-five. The Hot Mustard Jazz Band sings "Moon Over
"Moon Over Miami")
of America's most exciting cities is Las Vegas, Nevada. There you can play games of chance all night
long. The city's entertainment centers are open all night, too. In nineteen sixty-four, Elvis Presley
starred in a movie called "Viva Las Vegas." Here is the song from that movie. It is sung by the group ZZ Top.
"Viva Las Vegas")
of the most beautiful cities in America is San Francisco, California. It is between the Pacific Ocean and San
Francisco Bay in the northern part of the state. The most popular song about the city is called "I Left My
Heart in San Francisco." Tony
Bennett recorded it in nineteen sixty-two.
It sold more than three million records.
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco")
people love Los Angeles, California. It
is now America's second largest city.
More than three million people live there.
Los Angeles is popular because the weather is warm and the sun
shines almost all the time. Randy
Newman sings about his feelings for the city in the song "I Love
"I Love L.A.")
everyone, however, loves Los Angeles.
Some people do not like all the big roads around the city. They call Los
Angeles "a great big freeway."
They like living in a smaller place.
A place like San Jose, California.
Dionne Warwick sings about going back to this city. The song is "Do You Know The Way To San
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose")
program was written by Shelley Gollust.
It was produced and directed by Lawan Davis. I'm Rich Kleinfeldt.
I'm Shirley Griffith. Join us again
next week for another report about life in the United States on the VOA Special
English program, THIS IS AMERICA.