The song was written by Arlester “Duke” Christian, who recorded it with his band Duke & The Blazers in 1967. They have said that the Broadway in the title refers to other Broadways rather than the one in New York City. That is, they were thinking of Broadway in Buffalo, New York, and Broadway Street in Phoenix, Arizona. No matter. Wilson Pickett did a cover of the song in 1967, and his version charted very well at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Personnel for the track were Wilson Pickett (vocal); Spooner Oldham (keyboards); Chips Moman and Jimmy Johnson (guitar); Tommy Cogbill (bass); Roger Hawkins (drums); Bowlegs Miller (trumpet); Charlie Chalmers and Jimmy Mitchell (tenor sax); and Flody Newman (baritone sax).
Wilson Picket aka The “Wicked Pickett,” was born in Pratville, Alabama, and was a pioneer in the development of soul music. He had many hits. Among them were “Land of 1,000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” “In The Midnight Hour” and “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.).” He died of a heart attack in 2006.