Australian singles chart:
New Kid in Town entered the Kent charts on 24 January 1977 and peaked at #16. It was #96 on the Top 100 of 1977.
The song is on Hotel California which entered the Kent album charts on 13 December 1976. It hit the #1 spot on 17 January 1977 and remained on top for 12 weeks.
J.D. Souther initially wrote the chorus for New Kid in Town. According to Souther, the band thought it sounded like a hit, but he did not know what to do with it. About a year later, Souther, Frey and Henley gathered for the writing of Hotel California where Souther played the song for them, and the three finished the song.
Souther later said that the song came about as a result of their “fascination with gunfire as an analogy” and added that “at some point some kid would come riding into town that was much faster than you and he’d say so, and then he’d prove it.” He said: “We were just writing about our replacements.”
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Kid_in_Town
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