Springsteen: Saint In The City, 1949-1974

By Craig Statham

Springsteen: Saint In The City, 1949-1974
Springsteen: Saint In The City, 1949-1974

Bruce Springsteen is one of the most written about musicians of all time, so why another book? The fact is, most biographies gloss over his early life and career, which author Craig Statham believes is a serious omission, because Springsteen's early life shaped his music.... show more


Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

By Jim Beviglia

Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs

For 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has held center stage as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order from the 100th to his no. 1 greatest song.... show more


R.I.P. Prince ― 1958-2016

Prince And The Revolution -- Purple Rain
Prince And The Revolution -- Purple Rain

Bruce Springsteen and Prince, along with Michael Jackson, dominated the pop music scene in the summer of 1984. They sold records at multi-platinum levels and shared time at the top of the charts. DANCING IN THE DARK, Springsteen's biggest hit to date, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it kept that position for four weeks (June-July 1984). The single was kept out from reaching the number one position initially by Duran Duran's THE REFLEX, and then for three more weeks by Prince And The Revolution's WHEN DOVES CRY. Born In The U.S.A., Springsteen's most commercially successful album and one of the highest-selling records ever, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and it kept that position for four weeks (July 1984), only to be knocked off the fifth week by Prince And The Revolution's Purple Rain, which spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1.

The only time Bruce Springsteen and Prince shared the stage was during a 23 Feb 1985 Price concert at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, when Springsteen joined Prince onstage on BABY I'M A STAR. On 23 Apr 2016, Bruce Springsteen opened his show with PURPLE RAIN as a tribute to Prince who passed away two days earlier.



R.I.P. David Bowie ― 1947-2016

David Bowie
David Bowie

Bruce Springsteen opened for headliner Biff Rose in 1973 during a 6-night stand (from 31 January to 05 February, two shows each night) at Max's Kansas City in New York. David Bowie showed up on the final night of this to see Biff Rose, a friend of his, and caught Springsteen's performance. Bowie had never even heard of a guy named "Springsteen" until that 05 Feb 1973 night. In a 1987 Musician Magazine interview, Bowie commented on Bruce's performance on this night saying, "I hated him as a solo... as soon as the band came on it was like a different person and he was marvelous... I like the Asbury Park [LP] material, my favorite period of Springsteen is the early stuff". The two weren't introduced to each other that night. A few months later Bowie recorded a version of GROWIN' UP, but the song remained in the vaults until its release in 1989. Bowie was the first artist to record a Springsteen composition.

DJ Ed Sciaky called Bruce Springsteen on 24 Nov 1974 asking him to come to Philadelphia to meet David Bowie, who was in town recording his upcoming Young Americans album and performing a concert on 25 November. Late in the evening Springsteen cached a bus to Philadelphia to spend a couple of days as houseguest of Sciaky. The two arrived at midnight at Sigma Sound Studios where they spent the early hours of 25 November with David Bowie at the studio. Bowie had recently recorded a cover of IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY but apparently it wasn't finished, so Bruce didn't get to hear it. Bowie would complete the recording the following year but it remained in the vaults until it's release in 1989. Later that 25 November day, Springsteen and Sciaky attended Bowie's evening concert at the Philadelphia Spectrum.

In the liner notes of One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen (a 1997 various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album), Bowie wrote about the November 1974 meeting in Philadelphia: "Springsteen came down to hear what we were doing with his stuff. He was very shy. I remember sitting in the corridor with him, talking about his lifestyle, which was a very Dylanesque – you know, moving from town to town with a guitar on his back, all that kind of thing. Anyway, he didn't like what we were doing, I remember that. At least, he didn't express much enthusiasm. I guess he must have thought it was all kind of odd. I was in another universe at the time. I've got this extraordinarily strange photograph of us all – I look like I'm made out of wax."


Latest Updates

20 May 2016: Info updated and lyrics for additional versions added for GROWIN' UP.
07 May 2016: Lyrics and info updated for DISGUSTED and JOY.
04 May 2016: Info updated for SUMMER ON SIGNAL HILL.
03 May 2016: Lyrics and info updated for HEY, GOOD LOOKIN'.
02 May 2016: Lyrics and info updated for YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME.
01 Apr 2016: Lyrics and info updated for SAD EYES.
26 Apr 2016: Lyrics and info updated for VALENTINE.
25 Apr 2016: Lyrics page added for STAYIN' ALIVE.
24 Apr 2016: Lyrics page added for PURPLE RAIN.
21 Apr 2016: Lyrics page added for BABY I'M A STAR.
20 Apr 2016: Lyrics and info updated for PLEASE PLEASE ME.
19 Apr 2016: Lyrics and info updated for TRAGEDY.
09 Apr 2016: Lyrics page added for BROKEN RADIO.
07 Apr 2016: Info and lyrics updated for THE BAND'S JUST BOPPING THE BLUES, SECRET TO THE BLUES, and PHANTOMS.
28 Mar 2016: Info and lyrics updated for IT'S TIME TO GO HOME, THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN, and MARY LOUISE WATSON.
25 Mar 2016: Info and lyrics updated for I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE.
24 Mar 2016: Info and lyrics updated for ANGEL'S BLUES.
02 Mar 2016: Info updated for PIPELINE.
04 Mar 2016: Lyrics and info updated for BRING 'EM HOME and BRING THEM HOME (IF YOU LOVE YOUR UNCLE SAM).
02 Mar 2016: Lyrics and info updated for LIVING ROCK AND ROLL, LOVE WILL GET YOU DOWN, LOVE WON'T LET YOU DOWN, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY OTHER FOR ME BUT YOU and YOUR LOVE IS ALL AROUND ME.
23 Feb 2016: Lyrics and info updated for LITTLE WHITE LIES. Info updated for SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD.
18 Feb 2016: Lyrics page added for I'VE GOT TO HAVE YOU BABY.
17 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY.
10 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES and NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO).
08 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for IT TAKES TWO and LA BAMBA.
04 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for MILLWORKER and MISERY LOVES COMPANY.
02 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for WHITE LINES and STE. GENEVIEVE.
01 Feb 2016: Info and lyrics updated for ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU and I'M A THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME.

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