“Badlands”. All songs are written and performed by Bruce Springsteen.
As you may know, Springsteen's backing group is the 'The E Street Band' and has had some membership change over the years but at the heart were Garry Tallent (bass), Clarence Clemons (saxophone), Roy Bittan (keyboards) and Max Weinberg (drums), Daniel Paul "Danny" Federici (organ, accordion, glockenspiel), Steven Van Zandt (guitar, vocals) who left in 1984 until 1995 and was replaced by Nils Lofgren (guitar, vocals) and of course future wife Patti Scialfa (vocals, guitar) was added at that time as well. Some past members include; Vini Lopez, David Sancious and Ernest Carter.
I’ll never forget watching Clemons imposing 6’ 5” stature blasting away on his tenor sax. The “Big Man” was a prominent member of the band for good reason and is sorely missed.
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Music Trivia. What song did Bruce Springsteen write for his idol Elvis Presley?
"Fire". Unfortunately Elvis passed away before hearing the demo he was sent, subsequently the song was cut from the 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' album as it wasn't a good fit, and given to Robert Gordon to record with Link Wray. Bruce played piano on the record (I confess I had no idea about any of this when I bought the RG album 'Fresh Fish Special' in 1978). Later that year it became a big hit for the Pointer Sisters reaching #2 in the US and #3 in Canada and #1 in some European markets. Once again Bruce is 'out-charted' with his own song!
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