JOLE BLON

Gary U.S. Bonds' album version


Gary U.S. Bonds:Jole Blon, Delta Flower
You're my darling, you're my sunshine
I love you, and adore you
And I promise to be true

Gary U.S. Bonds:In the evening in the shadow
I'll be waiting by the river
When I hear your sweet voice, I rejoice
I save my kisses for you

Bonds and Springsteen:Sha la la, la la la la la
Sha la la la, sha la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la, la la la la

Bruce Springsteen:Jole Blon, Cajun Angel
Let me tell you that I love you
In the spring you swore we'd be married
But I'm waiting still for you

Bruce Springsteen:When your hair turns to silver
I'll still call you Delta Flower
Pretty Blon, I'll still love you
And I will wait for you

Gary U.S. Bonds:Oh
Bonds and Springsteen:Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la la, sha la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la, la la la la la

Gary U.S. Bonds:We'll go away from this city
We'll go back girl, back to our home
Someday I promise I'll take you
'Cause so far away we've roamed

Bonds and Springsteen:And the bells they will ring
From the mountains through the valleys
On the banks of the river
There you will be my bride

Bonds and Springsteen:Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la la, sha la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la, la la la la la

Bonds and Springsteen:Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la la, sha la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la, la la la la la

Bruce Springsteen:Hey!

Bonds and Springsteen:Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la la, sha la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la, la la la la la

Info

JOLE BLON is a traditional Cajun waltz. See the original Breaux Frères version for more details.

Gary U.S. Bonds released JOLE BLON on his 1981 album Dedication. The song is one of four on the album that were arranged and produced by Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt. The arrangement of JOLE BLON on Dedication is credited to Moon Mullican, who had a hit with a country version of the song in 1947, but his version doesn't have much in common with the Springsteen/Bonds version. See the original Breaux Frères version for more details.

The above lyrics are for Gary U.S. Bonds' album version of JOLE BLON as released in 1981.

Studio Recording

Gary U.S. Bonds recorded the song as a duo with Bruce Springsteen during the Dedication album recording sessions in mid-1980 (see the "Dedication" section below for more details). Bonds and Springsteen actually overdubbed their vocals onto an E Street Band backing that was probably recorded in January 1980 at The Power Station in New York City, NY.

In addition to the official version that was recorded with Gary U.S. Bonds, three Bruce Springsteen studio takes of JOLE BLON have been circulating among Springsteen fans via the unofficial route. These were not studio recordings in the traditional sense; they were part of extensive song rehearsal sessions with the E Street Band that took place in 1978-1980 at Telegraph Hill Studios, a make-shift studio in a converted barn at Springsteen's property on Telegraph Hill Road in Holmdel, NJ. Unfortunately the audio quality from these rehearsals at Telegraph Hill Studios leaves much to be desired; it sounds as if a single boom recording mike was used. The three circulating versions of JOLE BLON from these studio rehearsals were recorded on 11 Jan 1980. See studio rehearsal version #1, studio rehearsal version #2, and studio rehearsal version #3.

According to Brucebase, a Bruce Springsteen vocal rendition of JOLE BLON was recorded at The Power Station in New York City, NY, in January 1980.

Dedication

Gary U.S. Bonds released two studio albums and several hit singles in 1961 and 1962, three of which were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Success was short-lived and Bonds relegated to playing the oldies circuit. In the early eighties, his career resurrected with two collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band: Dedication in 1981 and On the Line in 1982.

Dedication is Gary U.S. Bonds' third studio album, released in April 1981 on EMI America Records (catalogue number SO-17051). The musicians backing Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band and the Asbury Jukes. The album includes three songs written by Bruce Springsteen, one written by Steve Van Zandt, and several covers of songs from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and others. It also features a duet between Bonds and Springsteen on the track JOLE BLON. Four of the album's songs were arranged and produced by Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt.

Dedication was recorded sometime between June and August 1980 at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sessions for Gary U.S. Bonds undertaken in the immediate aftermath of the final recording sessions for The River. According to a May 1981 article by Rolling Stone's Kurt Loder, the initial plan was to record an EP for Gary U.S. Bonds consisting of three songs that Springsteen had written for him: THIS LITTLE GIRL, YOUR LOVE, and DEDICATION. Loder wrote that "Bruce had a lot of wild ideas, and pretty soon the EP started looking more like an LP. Fifteen days later, they emerged with a whole album."

Dedication reached #27 on Billboard's Top LPs & Tapes chart and #34 on the Top R&B Albums chart and produced several singles, including THIS LITTLE GIRL which was a hit. Music writer Dave Marsh called Dedication "one of the most successful comeback albums in rock & roll history".

Gary U.S. Bonds -- Dedication (album cover art)
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Dedication (album cover art)

Dedication was re-released in 1991 on the Razor Edge label (catalogue number RE-1986-2).

  1. JOLE BLON
  2. THIS LITTLE GIRL
  3. YOUR LOVE
  4. DEDICATION
  5. DADDY'S COME HOME
  6. IT'S ONLY LOVE
  7. THE PRETENDER
  8. WAY BACK WHEN
  9. FROM A BUICK 6
  10. JUST LIKE A CHILD

Single Release

JOLE BLON was released as a single in July 1981. It peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single was issued in the United States, the UK, and The Netherlands.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"

7" single - EMI America (A8089) - USA, 1981

No picture sleeve.

A1- JOLE BLON
B1- JUST LIKE A CHILD
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "This Little Girl / Jole Blon"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "This Little Girl / Jole Blon"

7" single - EMI America (X-7102) - USA, 1981

Silver Spotlight Series release, comes in a die-cut Silver Spotlight Series company sleeve.

A1- THIS LITTLE GIRL
B1- JOLE BLON
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"

7" single - EMI America (EA 127) - USA, July 1981

Comes in a picture sleeve.

A1- JOLE BLON
B1- JUST LIKE A CHILD
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"

7" single - EMI America (1A 006-86410) - Holland, 1981

Comes in a picture sleeve.

A1- JOLE BLON
B1- JUST LIKE A CHILD
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"

7" single - EMI America (AMI-553) - Australia, 1981

No picture sleeve.

A1- JOLE BLON
B1- JUST LIKE A CHILD
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Jole Blon / Just Like A Child"

7" single - EMI (F 8089) - New Zealand, 1981

No picture sleeve.

A1- JOLE BLON
B1- JUST LIKE A CHILD

Other Official Releases

In addition to it's release on Dedication and as a single, JOLE BLON was also included on a few other official releases.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Gary U.S. Bonds

12" EP - EMI America (SPRO-9666) - USA, 1981

Promotional EP, comes in a picture sleeve.

A1- JOLE BLON
A2- THE PRETENDER
B1- THIS LITTLE GIRL [live]
B2- DEDICATION
Gary U.S. Bonds -- The Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds -- The Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds

CD - EMI (37812) - USA, 1996

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album.
Various Artists -- Hot In The City
Various Artists -- Hot In The City

CD - Disky (unknown catalog number) - Holland, 1996
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City

CD - Disky (DC 881852) - Holland, 1998

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album consisting of 20 tracks from the Dedication (9 of the album's 10 tracks) and On The Line (all of the album's 11 tracks).
Various artists -- Car Classics: Loud Music In Cars
Various artists -- Car Classics: Loud Music In Cars

CD - EMI Plus (724357612623) - Holland, 2000
Various artists -- On The Road Music
Various artists -- On The Road Music

5-CD - Disky (DB 991822) - Holland, 2000
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include one version of JOLE BLON.

  1. 15 Feb 2014 at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia

Live History: on-tour

JOLE BLON is known to have been performed at least 17 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981), all in the tour's last four months. A few setlists from that period are incomplete, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour, but that's very unlikely. The song featured a guest appearance by Gary U.S. Bonds on 03 and 09 Jul 1981 in East Rutherford, NJ.

  1. 05 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  2. 07 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
  3. 08 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
  4. 02 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  5. 03 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  6. 05 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  7. 06 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  8. 08 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  9. 09 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  10. 18 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  11. 30 Jul 1981 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
  12. 04 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  13. 12 Aug 1981 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
  14. 17 Aug 1981 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  15. 20 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  16. 08 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  17. 13 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH

JOLE BLON was performed once during World Tour 1992-1993 (104 dates, June 1992 to June 1993), on 26 Jun 1993 in New York City, NY. The 26 Jun 1993 show in New York City, NY, was billed as "Kristen Ann Carr Fund Benefit Concert". The song was played with Terence Trent D'Arby on guitar and vocals.

  1. 26 Jun 1993 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

JOLE BLON was performed twice during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009), on 12 Sep 2009 in Tampa, FL, and on 15 Nov 2009 in Milwaukee, WI.

  1. 12 Sep 2009 at Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  2. 15 Nov 2009 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

JOLE BLON was performed 3 during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013), on 21 and 22 Sep 2012 in East Rutherford, NJ, and on 18 Jun 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. Both East Rutherford performances of the song featured a guest appearance by Gary U.S. Bonds.

  1. 21 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  2. 22 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  3. 18 Jun 2013 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland

JOLE BLON was performed once during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014). The song was played in a full-band arrangement. Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 25 Feb 2014 version for more details.

Live History: off-tour

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 14 Jun 1981 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA, during the fourth annual Survival Sunday anti-nuclear benefit. The song was played with Gary U.S. Bonds.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 15 Jun 1981 at Old Waldorf in San Francisco, CA, where Bruce Springsteen made a guest appearance with Gary U.S. Bonds, playing a five-song set. No audio recording of this show is known to exist.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 11 Jul 1981 at Big Man's West in Red Bank, NJ, where Bruce Springsteen made a guest appearance with Clarence Clemons on the opening night of his new nightclub, playing a six-song set.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 15 Jan 1982 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance with the Lord Gunner Group.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 10 Apr 1982 at Big Man's West in Red Bank, NJ, during a guest appearance with Beaver Brown.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 08 May 1982 at The Fast Lane in Asbury Park, NJ, during a gues appearance with Beaver Brown.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 31 Dec 1982 at Harkness House For Ballet Arts in New York City, NY, during the wedding reception for Steven Van Zandt and his bride Maureen Santoro. Lester Chambers & The Chamber Brothers supplied the music at the reception. Best man Bruce Springsteen and various other guests, including Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, and the E Street Band, joined the band for a six-song set. No audio recording is known to exist.

JOLE BLON was performed off-tour on 29 Apr 2003 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during "The Hope Concert" benefit. The song was played with Gary U.S. Bonds.

  1. 14 Jun 1981 at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  2. 15 Jun 1981 at Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA
  3. 11 Jul 1981 at Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
  4. 05 Jan 1982 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  5. 10 Apr 1982 at Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
  6. 08 May 1982 at The Fast Lane, Asbury Park, NJ
  7. 31 Dec 1982 at Harkness House For Ballet Arts, New York City, NY
  8. 29 Apr 2003 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

JOLE BLON was performed during the third (2002) annual Light Of Day benefit. The song was played with Gary U.S. Bonds.

  1. 02 Nov 2002 at Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ (during the third annual Light Of Day benefit)

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help and Mark Bahlen for providing scans for some of the above singles.

Some of the above info about the studio recordings is taken from Brucebase. Info for some of the above releases is taken from the Nebraska website.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing JOLE BLON that's not mentioned on this page.

As far as I know, Bruce Springsteen shared lead vocals on JOLE BLON and produced JOLE BLON, THIS LITTLE GIRL, YOUR LOVE, and DEDICATION. Did he also also play guitar and/or sing backing vocals on any of these tracks? Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of JOLE BLON on this website:

JOLE BLON [Gary U.S. Bonds' album version]
JOLE BLON [Studio rehearsal version #1]
JOLE BLON [Studio rehearsal version #2]
JOLE BLON [Studio rehearsal version #3]
JOLE BLON [Live 15 Feb 2014 version]
JOLE BLON [Original Breaux Frères version]

Page last updated: 27 Feb 2015