THE EAST STREET BAND
INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN 1999
and the E. Street Band
Bruce or THE BOSS as he was called did not start on his journey until 1972. His first hits were Greetings From Asbury Park and Blinded by the Light. These brought him onto the scene. Soon he could sell out Madison Square Garden or Brenden Burn Arena for ten nights.This wasn't true for all areas though. He stayed New York and New Jersey's love until 1975 when he came out with the album Born To Run. Bruce hit the top of the music business with Born in the USA . Personally, I feel Bruce made terrific songs which were only on his albums and yet everyone thought of them as singles. The one thing which no one can debate is that no one can do a concert like Bruce. His concerts were four hours long and sometimes even went longer. He always had everyone up on their feet. My favorite recording is a live recording where the audience sings the entire first verse of "Hungry Heart", before Bruce can say a word. My favorite live performance song is "Fade Away" . All the lights would go out and Clarence would start making animal noises, it was great! My favorite live performance was when the band played the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey in 1978, however I also must say the concert at Brendan Burn Arena in 1983, which lasted six hours, was definitely a concert to remember. One trivia of the 80"s which most people would not believe is that Bruce never had a #1 song but everyone could sing many of his songs. Bruce continues even today to push out his hits like his song, "Secret Garden" in the movie Jerry McGuire. Bruce also has received many awards including a Grammy Award for his song, Streets of Philadelphia.
Springsteen played the Jersey club seen and Greenwich Village in the mid sixties and the East Street Band was formed in 1973 consisted of Clarence Clemons (sax) , David Sancious and Danny Federici (keyboards) Gary Tallent (Bass) , and Vini Lopez (drums) Ray Bittan,and Max weinberg ,Miami Stevens join the group in 1975. The group had 15 top 40 billboard hits. Springsteen also had three hits which other groups did - Fire, Because The Night , Blinded By The Light also were written by Springsteen.
THE BIG MAN
ABLE TO LEAP TALL REFINERY'S IN A SINGLE BOUND
Back Street Highway
Born In The USA Album
Born in The USA , Cover Me , Darlington County, I'm On Fire, Bobby Jean, Glory Days, My Hometown, and many other great songs ! This is defiantly one of my favorite albums. it is differently an album which should be in your collection!
Some Bruce Songs
Born To Run
Dancing In The Dark
Born In The USA
Streets Of Philadelphia
Bruce Springsteen And The East Street Band Albums
GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK
INCLUDES THE HIT BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
SPIRITS IN THE NIGHT / MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSAS
THE WILD ,THE INNOCENT & THE E STREET SHUFFLE
INCLUDES: THE E STREET SHUFFLE , KITTY'S
BACK , NEW YORK SERENADE , ROSALITA
BORN TO RUN
INCLUDES: THUNDER ROAD , BORN TO RUN ,
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
INCLUDES: BADLANDS / ADAM RAISED A CAIN / RACING IN THE STREET / STREETS OF FIRE / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / CANDY'S ROOM / THE PROMISE LAND / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
SHERRY DARLING /INDEPENDENCE DAY / HUNGRY
HEART / POINT BLANK / CADILLAC RANCH / FADE AWAY /
ALBUM WITHOUT THE EAST STREET BAND
INCLUDES: ATLANTIC CITY STATE TROOPER/ OPEN
BORN IN THE USA
INCLUDES: BORN IN THE USA/ DARLINGTON
COUNTY / BOBBY JEAN/ GLORY DAYS/ IM ON FIRE / COVER ME
INCLUDES: BORN TO RUN/THUNDER ROAD/
BADLANDS / HUNGRY HEART/ BORN IN THE USA/ DANCING IN THE DARK
TUNNEL OF LOVE
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD
DEVILS AND DUST
WE SHALL OVERCOME
And many other albums!
I myself attended many of Bruce's early concerts since I am from New York. My all time favorite show was at THE MEDOWLANDS BRENDAN BURN ARENA where Bruce was finishing one of his world tours and the house lights came on at 11:00 PM and Bruce continued on till 1:00AM . Bruce was more popular in the New York ,New Jersey area original as I found out as I heard a ad on the Radio for a Concert that night at Hampton Area in Virginia and I was able to call that day and get tickets but at the same era Bruce could sell out the Garden for ten nights straight!! I use to love his early shows better than today's shows. One of my favorite was when Bruce played the Stones song Fade Away and all the lights in the house would go off and the Big Man would scream out animal sounds as they started the song , you would not even realize it was the same song!!! He use to jump all over the stage and jump on top of the piano and play until he was exhausted. A average concert by Bruce was 4 hours.
THE HISTORY OF THE BOSS
Bruce Springsteen started out his musical career in high school by joining and creating various bands. He started touring locally, and then began touring nation-wide a few years later. In 1973, CBS released the album "Live From Asbury Park, NJ" which would become his first album. In it, Springsteen sang "Blinded By The Light" which was a #1 for Manfred Mann, and would become Springsteen's first song to place on the charts. Shortly thereafter, Bruce and CBS produced another live album with the E-Street Band. But it was not until 1975, and with his first studio album, that Bruce Springsteen would gain the attention of a national audience.
It was in 1975 that Bruce released the album "Born To Run." The album quickly turned gold, and with its scenes of the city and gloomed mixed with a message of freedom and hope, became a rock standard. The songs "Born To Run" and "Thunder Road" would become two of Springsteen's highest esteemed songs.
In 1978 Bruce released the flip side of born to run with "Darkness On The Edge Of Town." This contained the title track, plus the fan favorites "Adam Raised A Cain," "The Promised Land," "Candy's Room" and "Badlands." The album continued in some ways where "Born To Run" left off, but instead of a message of potential hope, there was terror and doom. But the album further established Bruce Springsteen as a musician.
Two years later, Springsteen released the album "The River" which contained more tracks then his first 2 albums combined. In this album, the song "Hungry Heart" earned Bruce his first top-10 hit (which he performed.) This album moved him closer to the Pop and even country scene, which upset some of his fans. But he wasn't through. Even though the album ranks among Rolling Stone's top albums of the 80's, many viewed it as a disappointment, when in fact it was a breakthrough for "The Boss."
The album "Nebraska" was released in 1982, and some viewed it as a sign of Bruce Springsteen's decline. This album would also be rated as one of the best albums of the 80's, but was entirely different from Springsteen's earlier albums. Gone was the E-street band and the elaborate arrangements and enthralling music Bruce's fans had previously heard. In its place was a harmonica and a steel stringed guitar with Springsteen's singing. The album had songs about serial killers, and focused on the meanness, emptiness and sadness of the world. Yet it managed to salvage something with its closing song "Reason To Believe" which gives a message of hope, albeit undefined. Too many, this appeared to be the end of Springsteen's career. His tour's were falling behind, even though he was still one of the most popular, and his albums seemed to be getting more dark and simple each time. But Bruce Springsteen was not going to fade away into past stardom, he was about to assume Super stardom, and he would do so with his next album, "Born In The U.S.A."
"Born In The U.S.A." unquestionably is what gave Bruce superstar status, not only did the album contain 7 future top-10 hits, but the album was based around a setting and on a theme. Unlike popular beliefs, it was not an album of praise to America, but in fact an album of protest, survival and even some patriotic feelings mixed together. Yet, with such a catchy and muscled-up title tune, it soon became a favorite at 4th of July Parties. The album, regarded up there with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as the greatest of all time, it put Bruce in the spotlight.
Yet, after 1984 Springsteen settled down, and although he would produce 3 albums in the next 10 years, they would not be of the caliber of his previous albums. They would be what he wanted to produce, and that would cost him fans in the long run. Bruce Springsteen revived his career in the Mid-90's with the Academy Award Winning song "Streets Of Philadelphia" and the song "Secret Garden."
TRIVIA OF THE GROUP
May 3, 1972: Bruce Springsteen auditions for Columbia Records A&R manJohn Hammond at his office in New York. He signs with the label a month later.
January 1, 1973: ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’, Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, is released.
January 31, 1973: Bruce Springsteen performs in New York City for the first time.
November 1, 1973: The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle’, Bruce Springsteen’s second album in less than a year, is released. Though neither album charts until 1975, Bruce Springsteen and his newly christened E Street Band steadily win fans on the road with their powerful two-hour sets.
May 22, 1974: A performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, inspires music journalist Jon Landau to write, “I saw rock and roll’s future—and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”
September 6, 1975: ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is released. The album garners critical raves, and Springsteen appears on the covers of both ‘Time’ and ‘Newsweek’ at the end of October.
October 27, 1975: Bruce Springsteen appears simultaneously on the covers of ‘Newsweek’ and ‘Time’ after ‘Born to Run’, his much-anticipated third album, quickly vaults to #3 on the album chart.
November 1, 1975: Bruce Springsteen hits #23 with “Born to Run”.
July 1976 - May 1977: Bruce Springsteen is engaged in a legal battle with manager Mike Appel, during which time an injunction prohibits Bruce Springsteen from recording with ‘Born to Run’ coproducer and soon-to-be manager Jon Landau.
June 1, 1977: After a settlement is reached in his lawsuits on May 28, Bruce Springsteen begins work on ‘Darkness On the Edge of Town’, his long-delayed fourth album. It is released on almost exactly a year later.
May 23, 1978: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first major arena tour in Buffalo, New York. It ends seven months and 109 cities later in Cleveland on January 1, 1979.
September 23, 1979: On the very day he turns 30, Bruce Springsteen performs a set at New York’s Madison Square Garden as part of the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) benefit concert. His “Mitch Ryder Medley” is a favorite part of the multi-artist three-album set, No Nukes, culled from the concert.
November 1, 1980: ‘The River’, Bruce Springsteen’s sprawling double-album masterwork, enters the U.S. charts, which it tops for four consecutive weeks. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off another marathon tour on November 3. It ends ten and a half months later in Cincinnati, on September 14, 1981.
1982: Bruce Springsteen releases his mostly acoustic, folk-flavored album ‘Nebraska’.
September 1, 1982: Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, an acoustic solo set of dark-themed material cut at home on a four-track cassette recorder—and originally intended as a demo tape of new material for the E Street Band to learn—is released as is.
June 17, 1984: Culled from roughly 100 songs recorded over the previous year and a half, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is released. It becomes one of the biggest albums of the Eighties, remaining at #1 for seven weeks and selling more than 15 million copies. It also launches seven Top Ten singles: “Dancing in the Dark” (#2), “Cover Me” (#7), “Born in the U.S.A.” (#9), “I’m On Fire” (#6), “Glory Days” (#5), “I’m Goin’ Down” (#9) and “My Hometown” (#6).
October 2, 1985: Bruce Springsteen’s globe-trotting Born in the U.S.A. Tour draws to a close at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 15-month, 150-date outing found him performing at mammoth outdoor stadiums and indoor arenas.
November 29, 1986: Bruce-mania remains in full swing as Bruce Springsteen’s hotly anticipated five-album box set, Live/1975-85, becomes a retail sensation at Christmastime. The decade-spanning collection of concert recordings enters the chart at #1.
November 5, 1987: ‘Tunnel of Love’ becomes Bruce Springsteen’s fourth #1 album, following ‘The River’, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ and ‘Live 1975-85’. According to ‘Billboard’, he is the only artist to amass four #1 albums in the past ten years.
January 31, 1989: The 18-song Video Anthology/1978-88, which contains every Bruce Springsteen video to date, is released.
June 9, 1991: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, a member of his E Street Band since 1984, are married in a ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills, California.
April 18, 1992: ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Lucky Town’, two simultaneously released studio albums by Bruce Springsteen, debut at #2 and #3, respectively.
November 11, 1992: A live-in-the-studio performance by a fully plugged-in Bruce Springsteen and band premieres on MTV’s “Unplugged” series. The show is released on home video a month later as ‘Bruce Springsteen: MTV Plugged’ and appears on CD in 1997.
November 11, 1992: MTV presents Bruce Springsteen in a first-ever televised concert performance “Bruce Springsteen Plugged.”
April 23, 1994: “Streets of Philadelphia,” Bruce Springsteen’s contribution to the film AIDS-themed film ‘Philadelphia’, becomes his first Top Ten hit since “Tunnel of Love” in 1987.
March 18, 1995: ‘Greatest Hits’, an 18-track anthology that includes newly recorded tracks by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, enters the album chart at #1. A video documentary of the studio reunion is released in 1998 as ‘Blood Brothers’.
September 2, 1995: Backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,Jerry Lee Lewis sings “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire” at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
September 2, 1995: Backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Chuck Berry performs “Johnny B. Goode” and “Rock and Roll Music” at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
November 26, 1996: Bruce Springsteen begins his first solo acoustic tour in Los Angeles, coinciding with the release of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’.
March 15, 1999: Bruce Springsteen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourteenth annual induction dinner. Bono (of U2) is his presenter.
April 9, 1999: Bruce Springsteen’s reunion tour with the E Street Band kicks off in Barcelona, Spain. The band plays for three hours without a break.
July 15, 1999: The U.S. leg of the Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band reunion tour commences with the first of 15 sold-out shows at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena.
Born to Run
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Born in the U.S.A.
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Blinded by the Light
Dancing’ in the Dark
Tunnel of Love
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