Drivin' with the (future) King to a gig in 1973 when almost no one knew his name. Did I save him from being swept over Niagara Falls?
GOAT overused today. Just say "great" or "among the greatest."
great piece on Springsteen. Glad to have come across you Mr. Greg Mitchell!
i didn't really get into bruce springsteen until later in the decade (circa 1978) when i was driving a cab in chicago. he was getting a lot of airplay (heavy rotation,dude, as a lady friend who worked in radio would have phrased it) on the fm rock stations. i was generally more impressed with him as a songwriter (recalling THUNDER ROAD or GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES, jesus christ on a bicycle)than as a singer. anybody else remember johnny lyon? warren zevon?
Loved this story, especially since my older sister and younger brother went to Niagara in the years just following this event. But please tell us the story about meeting Bruce at Sing Sing as I have never heard it. Ossining is my home town.
During that same period in 1973 I played with a band Named "Sunny Jim" and we would practice in the Armory right over the bridge in Highlands NJ. Bruce and his band were there all the time practicing and recording tapes. It was just the two of us, his band and ours. The Building was owned by a fellow called "Tinker Bell" who at the time I thought was his manager. Do you know what his real name was? Thanks Craig Rauchle
Wow! What a great story! I live in Hamburg, NY and I’ve seen Brucie 102 times. I have stood countless times on the right-side of the brink at Goat Island and still took steps backward out of complete fear! 🎸
What a memory, in both senses of the phrase. Thanks for sharing. Crawdaddy was a cool magazine filled with sharp, funny writing. This evokes pleasant memories of the 1970s. Did you stay in touch with “Brucie” as he climbed the heights?
What a cool story. I was in the 8th grade when Rhythm of the Rain was a hit.
Greg, I still have that cover story on Bruce you wrote. I became Bruce's product manager at Columbia Records in January '76 and had met him when Columbia brought him to my radio station WBRU-FM (Brown Unversity) upon release of Greetings. I saw him perform with the original E Street Band (minus Mad Dog, who had been replaced by Boom Carter) in April '74 at Brown.
Rhythm of the Rain....amazing
Cool story. I wish I was there.
that just made me smile.
Learning and enjoying all that you share.