"Bleecker & MacDougal" by Fred Neil (VIDEO)
Listen to "Bleecker & MacDougal" by Fred Neil, No. 86 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
86. Fred Neil, "Bleecker & MacDougal" (1965)
A quintessential song-hawking pro, Fred Neil never achieved substantial success as a performer—though other stars handled his tunes with distinction (Harry Nilsson with "Everybody's Talkin'," Tim Buckley with "The Dolphins"). But with this song about lingering on an emblematic street corner pondering retreat to a more comfortable way of life, Neil helped to shape a burgeoning scene; that's a young John Sebastian blowing the harmonica.