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Did You Know Bruce Springsteen Wrote These Five Songs?
Some, I promise you hear everyday!! Did you know Bruce Springsteenwrote these five songs for other artists? As the E Street Band makes its way to Boston for Monday, we’ll take a look at some of the songs Bruce wrote for other artists! But first, how’s his tour date goin? With the recent illness running through the band, here’s the update:
Tour Dates Postponed
Columbus March 9 POSTPONED
Uncasville, CT. March 12 POSTPONED
Albany, March 14 POSTPONED
Tour Dates Nearby Still ON
Philadelphia, March 16
Saturday March 18, University Park, PA.
MONDAY March 20, Boston
All eyes are on Philadelphia today and tomorrow to see if the show will be postponed. As of this writing, the show is still on, and that is promising news.
What Songs Did Bruce Write For Other Artists?
My favorite story is below. One song that Bruce wrote and sometimes sings in concert, DID NOT do as well on the charts, for HIM, as it did for another band that covered it! In one TV interview, he shares that the band even changed a word in HIS song, which could have made the difference on why the song did better for them!
In concert, Bruce also LOVES doing cover songs. Here’s a setlist from a recent show. You’ll notice his version of the Commodores hit Nightshift off his new album Only The Strong Survive.
Prove It All Night
Letter To You
The Promised Land
Out In The Street
Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)
The E Street Shuffle
Mansion On The Hill
Last Man Standing
Because The Night
She’s The One
Born To Run
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Dancing In The Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
I’ll See You In My Dreams
So, let’s take a ride in Bruce’s Pink Cadillac! Did you know Springsteen wrote these five songs?
Pink Cadillac-Natilie Cole
If you remember 45’s, this is the B side of 1984’s Dancin In The Dark. Not only did Bruce, write and record it, it was recorded by Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bette Midler. The most popular version other than Bruce’s maybe from Natalie Cole.
Light of Day by The Barbusters (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
In a twist of fictitious fate, Springsteen originally wrote and recorded the song “Light of Day” for his 1983 album Born in the U.S.A. album but shared it with director Paul Schrader for the 1987 movie soundtrack Light of Day. In the film, the song was performed by the made-up band The Barbusters, consisting of Joan Jett and actor Michael J. Fox, and ended up reaching No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 with credit to The Barbusters (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts). To this day, Jett still incorporates the song into her live set and even performed it with Fox in 2017 at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala in Ottawa, Ontario. (According to American Songwriter)
Fire-The Pointer Sisters
This is sad. Bruce actually wrote this for Elvis. But the King died before the demo arrived. According to American Songwriter:
The story around “Fire” is a sad one since Bruce Springsteen originally wrote the song for Elvis Presley, who passed away before he could even listen to the song. Springsteen wrote the song after seeing Presley perform at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on May 28, 1977. “I sent [Elvis] a demo of it,” said Springsteen, “but he died before it arrived.” Originally recorded and then cut from Darkness on the Edge of Town, The Pointer Sisters covered the song, and it jumped to No. 2 on the charts.
Spirit in the Night-Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
NOT the most famous Springsteen cover from Manfred Mann!!
Blinded By The Light-Manfred Mann
Bruce himself admitted that Manfred Mann did a BETTER job charting this hit, as Manfred got it to #1! Bruce’s version, oddly didn’t come close. Add to that, in an interview, Bruce said that Manfred Mann changed a word in the song. He felt the band changed the word DEUCE into DOOSH. Manfred Man said he didn’t change the word, but the way he sang it, it came off like he was singing DOOSH.
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