Live 09 Jan 1973 version

[Spoken:] Alright

Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a...

[Recording cut]

Page last updated: 08 Jan 2012


The above lyrics are for the live 09 Jan 1973 radio performance of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT as broadcast on Boston's WBCN-FM.

The 09 Jan 1973 WBCN-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's first ever radio station performance took place on 09 Jan 1973 and was broadcast live on Boston's WBCN-FM. The show took place at WBCN-FM radio station in Boston, MA, and was hosted by legendary DJ Maxanne Sartori who worked the afternoon shift at WBCN in the early seventies.

Promotional ad for DJ Maxanne Sartori afternoon show on WBCN-FM in the early seventies
[Taken from Brucebase]

Springsteen performed six songs on this radio show:

In addition to band members Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, and Garry Tallent (Vini Lopez was not present), co-manager Jim Cretecos, roadie/soundman Albee Tellone, and CBS representative Ed Hynes were in the broadcast studio; the three provided party-like background vocals on BLINDED BY THE LIGHT.

The radio show was recorded off the airways and is available in very good quality on bootleg CDs. This is the earliest circulating "live" audio with what would become the E Street Band. Unfortunately, the recording is missing nearly all of the show's last track plus some concluding discussions about Springsteen's upcoming tour plans. According to Brucebase, a complete but poor quality tape of the show was allegedly circulating in the Boston area for a brief period during the mid-seventies, but seems to have vanished from the tape trading pool.

The 09 Jan 1973 WBCN-FM radio broadcast was legally released in the UK in 2011 by Left Field Media on a CD titled Bound For Glory. The album also contains the 24 Apr 1973 WMMR-FM radio broadcast. The CD was reissed in 2014 by Parallel Lines as part of a 3-CD set titled The Spirit Of The Radio: Legendary Broadcasts From The Early 1970s that also includes two CDs containing the 05 Feb 1975 show in Bryn Mawr, PA. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in the UK.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT on this website: