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Is this the way to Amarillo

The version of Neil Sedaka’s song most well-known to British listeners, as well as across Europe where it topped the charts in Spain and Germany. In the UK it originally reached number 18 in November 1971. A little over 33 years later, in 2005, the song finally topped the UK singles chart when it was “covered” by comedian Peter Kay (through miming) for the year’s Comic Relief. (

"(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It is about a man traveling to Amarillo, Texas, to find his girlfriend Marie.
Written by two Americans with a strong country-western lyrical theme, the song was first released in Europe, where it has become much more popular than in the composers' native country, with a big-band/orchestral pop arrangement sung by Tony Christie. Christie's version was a major hit in Europe and a modest success in his native United Kingdom upon its release, then became even more popular in the mid-2000s when the song was reissued. As Christie's version failed to make a major impact in the U.S., Sedaka released his own recording of the song in 1977, which narrowly missed the top 40 but was an easy listening hit in the U.S. and Canada. ... The song is based on a syncopated rhythm Sedaka borrowed from "Hitchin' a Ride" by Vanity Fare.[1] The song was originally to be titled "Is This the Way to Pensacola" referring to Pensacola, Florida, but Sedaka felt that Amarillo worked better than Pensacola.[2]
Tony Christie version
The song was recorded by Tony Christie and released in the UK in November 1971, initially reaching number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. However, it was a substantially bigger hit at that time across Continental Europe, notably in Germany and Spain, where it made number one. In the U.S., however, Christie's record stalled at #121 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100. Following the re-issue of Christie's version in 2005 in aid of the charity Comic Relief, promoted with a video featuring comedian Peter Kay, the song gained even greater prominence, reaching number 1 in the UK.[citation needed]
In 2006, the song was played at the World Cup Final in Berlin and was also played by the Central Band of the Royal British Legion on Centre Court at Wimbledon before the start of the Men's Singles final.[citation needed] (

In the United States, Neil Sedaka, the writer of the song and a man who had recently returned to prominence as a pop singer in the mid-1970s after a decade of relative obscurity, recorded his own version of the song, released under a shortened title of "Amarillo". Sedaka's version of "Amarillo" got to number 44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1977; in Canada, Sedaka reached number two on the Adult Contemporary chart.[10].... Dutch singer Albert West covered the song in 1988.[36] After the successful re-release of the song in the UK, Tony Christie re-recorded it with the Hermes House Band; this version charted in Germany in 2005. There is also a version by the Les Humphries Singers and a version in German by Roberto Blanco. There is also a 1971 version on the MGM label (K 14360) by a band called English House, produced by Terry Slater. The A-side was "Music Is the Voice of Love" composed by Terry Slater and Phil Everly. The song has also been covered in Czech as "Kvítek mandragory" by Helena Vondráčková[37] and as "Napis Na Dverich" by Jiri Hromadka. The Finnish version, "Amarillo", with lyrics by Pertti Reponen, was first recorded by Johnny Liebkind in 1972, then by Kari Tapio in 1979 and most recently by Danny (Ilkka Lipsanen) in 1987; the latter made the song a staple of Finnish pop music. Other artists and bands to have recorded the song include Daniel O'Donnell, Die Campbells, the Hermes House Band, Bernie Diamond, Alan Ladd, and James Last. (

Amarillo is een stad in de Amerikaanse staat Texas en telt 173.627 inwoners. Het is hiermee de 118e stad in de Verenigde Staten (2000). De oppervlakte bedraagt 232,7 km², waarmee het de 76e stad is. De stad was ooit bekend om zijn productieve heliumvelden. Nu is het een van de grootste vleesverwerkende regio's van de Verenigde Staten. Er zijn ook fabrieken voor de assemblage van vliegtuigen en nucleaire wapens. ... Voor de oprichting van de stad domineerden ranches, die rond het jaar 1885 werden opgericht (o.a. de XIT Ranch en de nog steeds bestaande J.A. Ranch) het gebied. De stad Amarillo werd in het jaar 1887, als spoorwegkamp in functie van de bouw van de spoorlijn door Texas Panhandle, opgericht. Oorspronkelijk werd de stad ‘Oneida’ genoemd. De naam Amarillo komt uit het Spaans en betekent ‘geel’, de kleur van de wilde bloemen die in het gebied groeien. De stad ontwikkelde heel snel in de daaropvolgende jaren tot groot laadstation voor vee uit de regio. In het jaar 1918 werd in de omgeving van de stad gas ontdekt en in het jaar 1921 werd er aardolie gevonden. Dit zorgde ervoor dat er zich olie en gasbedrijven kwamen vestigen in en rond de stad.... De stad ligt in het noordwesten van de staat Texas, de Texas Panhandle, de regio Llano Estacado, die ook ‘Staked Plaines’ wordt genoemd. Het landschap is er vooral vlak en boomloos met relatief weinig neerslag in het gebied. Op ongeveer 60 km ten westen van Amarillo is de staatsgrens met New Mexico gelegen en op 80 km ten noorden vind je de staatsgrens met Oklahoma. De totale oppervlakte van de stad bedraagt 233.9km2, waarvan 1.2 km2 wateroppervlak. (

Amarillo (/ˌæməˈrɪloʊ/[5] AM-ə-RIL-oh; Spanish for "yellow") is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Potter County. It is the 14th-most populous city in Texas and the largest city in the Texas Panhandle.[6] A portion of the city extends into Randall County.  ... The city of Amarillo, originally named Oneida, is situated in the Llano Estacado region.[9] The availability of the railroad and freight service provided by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad contributed to the city's growth as a cattle-marketing center in the late 19th century.[10]
Amarillo was once the self-proclaimed "Helium Capital of the World" for having one of the country's most productive helium fields.[11] The city is also known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (as the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow),[12] "Yellow City" for its name, and "Rotor City, USA" for its V-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft assembly plant. Amarillo operates one of the largest meat-packing areas in the United States. Pantex, the only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility in the country, is also a major employer. The location of this facility also gave rise to the nickname "Bomb City".[13] The attractions Cadillac Ranch and Big Texan Steak Ranch are located adjacent to Interstate 40. U.S. Highway 66 also passed through the city. ... Large ranches exist in the Amarillo area; among others, the defunct XIT Ranch and the still functioning JA Ranch founded in 1877 by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair. Goodnight continued the partnership for a time after Adair's death with Adair's widow, Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair, who was then the sole owner from 1887 until her death in 1921.
During April 1887, J. I. Berry established a site for a town after he chose a well-watered section along the way of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad, which had begun building across the Texas Panhandle. Berry and Colorado City, Texas, merchants wanted to make their new town site the region's main trading center. On August 30, 1887, Berry's town site won the county seat election and was established in Potter County. Availability of the railroad and freight service after the county seat election made the town a fast-growing cattle-marketing center.[10]
The settlement originally was called Oneida; it later changed its name to Amarillo, which probably derives from yellow wildflowers that were plentiful during the spring and summer or the nearby Amarillo Lake and Amarillo Creek, named in turn for the yellow soil along their banks and shores (Amarillo is the Spanish word for the color yellow). Early residents originally pronounced the city's name more similar to the Spanish pronunciation /ˌɑːməˈriːjoʊ/ ah-mə-REE-yoh, which was later displaced by the current pronunciation.[14]... On June 19, 1888, Henry B. Sanborn, who is given credit as the "Father of Amarillo",[15] and his business partner Joseph F. Glidden began buying land to the east to move Amarillo after arguing that Berry's site was on low ground and would flood during rainstorms. Sanborn also offered to trade lots in the new location to businesses in the original city's site and help with the expense of moving to new buildings. His incentives gradually won over people, who moved their businesses to Polk Street in the new commercial district.[16] Heavy rains almost flooded Berry's part of the town in 1889, prompting more people to move to Sanborn's location. This eventually led to another county seat election making Sanborn's town the new county seat in 1893.[10]
By the late 1890s, Amarillo had emerged as one of the world's busiest cattle-shipping points, and its population grew significantly. The city became a grain elevator, milling, and feed-manufacturing center after an increase in production of wheat and small grains during the early 1900s. Discovery of natural gas in 1918 and oil three years later brought oil and gas companies to the Amarillo area.[10]
The United States government bought the Cliffside Gas Field with high helium content in 1927 and the Federal Bureau of Mines began operating the Amarillo Helium plant two years later.[17] The plant was the sole producer of commercial helium in the world for a number of years.[18] The U.S. National Helium Reserve is stored in the Bush Dome Reservoir at the Cliffside facility.[19]
Following the lead of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad established services to and from Amarillo. Each of these three carriers maintained substantial freight and passenger depots and repair facilities in the city through most of the 20th century and were major employers within the community.[20]... In 1929, Ernest O. Thompson, a decorated World War I general and a major businessman in Amarillo, was elected mayor to succeed Lee Bivins. Thompson instituted a major capital-improvements project and worked to reduce utility rates. He joined the Texas Railroad Commission by appointment in 1933 and was elected to full terms in 1934, 1940, 1946, 1952, and 1958. He became an international expert on national petroleum and natural gas production and conservation. The first Mrs. Thompson, May Peterson Thompson, a former Metropolitan Opera singer, was involved in the arts while in Amarillo and later when the couple lived in Austin.
Amarillo was hit by the Dust Bowl and entered an economic depression. U.S. Routes 60, 87, 287, and 66 intersected at Amarillo, making it a major tourist stop with numerous motels, restaurants, and curio shops. World War II led the establishment of Amarillo Army Air Field in east Amarillo and the nearby Pantex Army Ordnance Plant, which produced bombs and ammunition. After the end of the war, both of the facilities were closed. The Pantex Plant was reopened in 1950 and produced nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War.[10]
In 1949, a deadly F4 tornado devastated much of Amarillo, shortly after nightfall on May 15, tearing through the south and east sides of the city, killing seven people, and injuring more than 80 others. The tornado touched down southwest of Amarillo, near the town of Hereford, then tracked its way northward, on a collision course with Amarillo. The tornado, shortly after 8 pm, ripped through Amarillo's most densely populated areas, demolishing almost half of the city, causing catastrophic damage and loss of life.
In 1951, the army air base was reactivated as Amarillo Air Force Base and expanded to accommodate a Strategic Air Command B-52 Stratofortress wing.[21] The arrival of servicemen and their families ended the city's depression. Between 1950 and 1960, Amarillo's population grew from 74,443 to 137,969. However, the closure of Amarillo Air Force Base on December 31, 1968, contributed to a decrease in population to 127,010 by 1970...... In the 1980s, ASARCO, Iowa Beef Processors (present day Tyson Foods), Owens-Corning, and Weyerhaeuser built plants at Amarillo. The Eastridge neighborhood houses many immigrants from countries such as Vietnam, Laos, and Burma. Many of them found employment at the nearby Iowa Beef Processors plant.[23]... The city's largest employer in 2005 was Tyson Foods, with 3,700 employees. The Amarillo Independent School District was next with 3,659 employees followed by BWXT Pantex, Baptist St. Anthony's Health Care System, City of Amarillo, Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Amarillo College, Wal-mart, and United Supermarkets.[61] Other major employers include Bell Helicopter Textron, Owens-Corning, Amarillo National Bank and ASARCO.
Approximately 14 million acres (57,000 km2) of agricultural land surrounds the city with corn, wheat, and cotton as the primary crops. Other crops in the area include sorghum, silage, hay, and soybeans.[62] The Texas Panhandle, particularly in Hereford, Texas, serves as a fast-growing milk producing area as several multimillion-dollar state of the art dairies were built in early 2000s.[63]... Amarillo residents are known as Amarilloans.... The city gained national media attention in 1998 when local cattlemen unsuccessfully sued television talk show host Oprah Winfrey for comments made on her show connecting American beef to mad cow disease, costing them and their industry millions of dollars.[109] In order to attend the trial in Amarillo, she temporarily relocated her show to the Amarillo Little Theatre for nearly a year. During the trial, Winfrey hired Dallas-based jury consultant Phil McGraw to aid her attorneys on selecting and analyzing the members of the jury.[110] McGraw would later become a regular guest on Winfrey's television show and subsequently started his own talk show, Dr. Phil, in 2002. ... Amarillo has been mentioned in popular music such as George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning" by Paul Fraser and Terry Stafford (Stafford did his original version before Strait did his own cover), Nat King Cole's "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66", Bob Dylan's "Brownsville Girl" (Amarillo was referred to as the "land of the living dead"), Rob Zombie's "Two Lane Blacktop", "Amarillo Sky" by Jason Aldean, "A Quick Death In Texas" by Clutch, Marty Robbin's "Running Gun" ,and the song "Is This the Way to Amarillo" written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, recorded famously by Yorkshireman Tony Christie and Sedaka, and revived in the UK by comedian Peter Kay through performances in the comedy series Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights and in a charity performance for Comic Relief. Christie's version, which only managed to reach 18 when originally released in 1971, made it to the number 1 spot in the UK Singles Chart in 2005 for 7 weeks.[117][118] In 2010, Damon Albarn wrote the song "Amarillo" whilst on tour in America with the Gorillaz, although it is not known to what extent the song is reference to the city. (,_Texas)

Amarillo is een hopvariëteit, gebruikt voor het brouwen van bier.
Deze hopvariëteit is een “aromahop”, bij het bierbrouwen voornamelijk gebruikt voor zijn aromatisch eigenschappen. Deze redelijk nieuwe Amerikaanse hopvariëteit werd geïntroduceerd door Virgil Gamache Farms Inc. (

The Amarillo hop was accidentally discovered by Virgil Gamache Farms in 1990 when they found it growing alongside their Liberty field. They began cultivating it then patented it as a new variety. It was originally patented under the identifier of VGXP01. It was released to the public in 2003.
Amarillo is sometimes referred to as Amarillo Gold. ... Amarillo is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Amarillo hops impart a distinct flowery, spicy, tropical, citrus-like flavor and aroma in beer. The citrus has qualities of orange and lemon, like Cascade but much stronger. Other aroma descriptors include grapefruit, melon, apricot and peach. ... Some popular beer styles that make use of the Amarillo hop include Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, Wheat Beer & Amber Ale.
Amarillo is also sometimes featured as a single hop in beers to highlight its unique flavors and aromas. Some popular examples of commercial beers that use 100% Amarillo hops in their recipes are Hill Farmstead Amarillo Single Hop IPA. (

Amarillo™ VGXP01 hops are used worldwide where its ultra-high myrcene content creates a delicious orange citrus flavor. A varietal of Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc. Amarillo™ VGXP01 is highly acidic, making it a perfect choice for for ESB’s and Pale Ales. (

These hops came about by chance, and they were accidentally discovered back in the 1990s. This adds to the allure that these hops offer and, combined with an exquisite taste and finish, Amarillo hops are among the most popular on the market. ... Sometimes the best things are discovered by chance, and this is exactly what happened with Amarillo hops. The hop was discovered accidentally in 1990 by Virgil Gamache Farms when it was growing alongside their Liberty field hops. The aesthetic of the hop was different from that of the Liberty (it has a yellow cast to the bine and immature leaves), and the cones were smaller.
Combined with an intense citrus smell, this was something new.
The hops were eventually registered as VGXP01 in 2003, and Vigil Gamache Farms emerged as the sole grower of this hop as they have exclusive rights. This can pose some problems for availability as these hops are grown by one farm. A below-par harvest can make finding this hop for purchase tricky for homebrewers as much of the crop is taken by commercial buyers.
Amarillo is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
The flavor profile of the Amarillo hop is a strong but not overpowering citrus taste with spicy and tropical overtones. This is known as an aroma hop, so it is usually only used for the late boil.
Amarillo hops contain an average amount of alpha acids which help to give it a slightly bitter taste, while the high percentage of myrcene provides the citrus and fruity aroma. Caryophyllene, which offers peppery and spicy flavors, is also present, and the fresh and floral kick comes with Farnesene. ..... Amarillo hops are good for adding a mild citrus flavor to your beers and ales. They don’t have the same overpowering nature as Citra and some other citrus-based hops but still offer a fruity and slightly bitter finish. They go well in beers, American Pale Ales, and IPAs. (

So You Like Amarillo es una Hazy IPA de 6,0% So You Like Amarillo
Cervecera Península
IPA - New England / Hazy

So You Like Amarillo is een zachte IPA gebrouwen met alle formaten van Amarillo-hop. Deze Spaanse IPA is perfect voor in de zomer. (

Het is een hazy troebele licht gele IPA met een lekkere hopsmaak. Dus dat is Amarillo. Smaakt mij erg goed. Jammer dat ik 'm niet meer beschreven vind op bierblogs.

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