Just Rock N Roll To Me: 1980- Bruce Springsteen Makes First Appearance On UK Charts With ‘Hungry Heart’
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Hungry Heart” is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen on his fifth album, The River. It was released as the album’s first single in 1980 and became Springsteen’s first big hit of his own on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
When Springsteen met Joey Ramone in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Ramone asked him to write a song for The Ramones. Springsteen composed “Hungry Heart” that night, but decided to keep it for himself on the advice of his producer and manager, Jon Landau. Previously, upbeat and catchy Springsteen songs such as “Because the Night” and “Fire” had been given away and become hits for others, and Landau was anxious that the trend did not continue.
The title is drawn from a line in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem “Ulysses”: “…always roaming with a hungry heart….”
Springsteen’s voice was slightly sped up on the recording, producing a higher-pitched vocal. (Dire Straits had done the same thing on 1978′s “In The Gallery”.) Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles sang backup. The mix of songwriting and production techniques was successful, and “Hungry Heart” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1980 and was his biggest hit until Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen song) hit #2 in 1984. In the subsequent Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll, “Hungry Heart” was voted Best Single for the year.
“Hungry Heart” was used on several movie soundtracks over the years; including the obscure 1982 Israeli film “Kvish L’Lo Motzah” (a.k.a. “Dead End Street”, which was actually the very first motion picture ever to feature Springsteen music), the 1983 Tom Cruise hit movie Risky Business, the 1992 AIDS drama “Peter’s Friends”, and the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy “The Wedding Singer”. In the year 2000 the song was used in the film “The Perfect Storm”.
The single was not a hit in the United Kingdom when first released, reaching only #44 on the UK Singles Chart. It did better in 1995 when it was reissued in conjunction with his Greatest Hits album; this time, it reached #28. A video clip was filmed on July 9, 1995 at the tiny “Café Eckstein” in East Berlin, featuring German rock star Wolfgang Niedecken and his “Leopardefelleband”, although neither are heard on the actual audio track, as this so-called “Berlin 95″ version (which was also released on CD singles) just features Bruce’s live vocals and audience noise laid over the song’s original 1980 E Street Band studio recording.
On the day of his murder in December 1980, John Lennon said he thought “Hungry Heart” was “a great record” and even compared it to his single (Just Like) Starting Over.
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Born to Run is the third album by the American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released on August 25, 1975 through Columbia Records. It captured the heaviness of Springsteen’s earlier releases while displaying a more diverse range of influences.
Born to Run was a critical and commercial success and became Springsteen’s breakthrough album. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, eventually selling six million copies in the US by the year 2000. Two singles were released from the album: “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”; the first helped Springsteen to reach mainstream popularity. The tracks “Thunder Road” and “Jungleland” became staples of album-oriented rock radio and Springsteen concert high points. The album has been placed on several “best ever” lists and is listed in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of historic recordings.
On November 14, 2005, a “30th Anniversary” remaster of the album was released as a box set including two DVDs: a production diary film and a concert movie. Being ranked number 18 on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, it is widely considered his magnum opus.
The album’s release was accompanied by a $250,000 promotional campaign by Columbia directed at both consumers and the music industry, making good use of Landau’s “I saw rock ‘n’ roll’s future—and its name is Bruce Springsteen” quote. With much publicity, Born to Run vaulted into the top 10 in its second week on the charts and soon went Gold. Time and Newsweek magazines put Springsteen on the cover in the same week (October 27, 1975) – in Time, Jay Cocks praised Springsteen, while the Newsweek article took a cynical look at the “next Dylan” hype that haunted Springsteen until his breakthrough. The question of hype became a story in itself as critics began wondering if Springsteen was for real or the product of record company promotion.
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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed “The Boss,” is an American singer-songwriter who records and tours with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered on his native New Jersey.
Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born in the U.S.A. and Born to Run, showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and 200 million worldwide and he has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. He is widely regarded by many as one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century, and in 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as the 23rd greatest artist of all time in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.
Racing in the Street” is a song by Bruce Springsteen from his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town. In the original vinyl format, it was the last song of side one of the album. The song has been called Springsteen’s best song by several commentators, including the authors of The New Rolling Stone Album Guide.
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“Viva Las Vegas” is a 1964 song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and recorded by Elvis Presley for his Viva Las Vegas film vehicle of that year. It has since become widely known and often performed by others.
The song is a part of Bruce Springsteen’s live act, and was included in The Last Temptation of Elvis, a commemorative album of renditions by singers, and rock groups, of songs made famous by Presley. Springsteen’s studio version of “Viva Las Vegas” was also included in the soundtrack of the 1992 film “Honeymoon in Vegas,” and in his 2003 compilation, The Essential Bruce Springsteen
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and others who have, in some major way, influenced the music industry through the genre of rock music. The museum is part of the city’s redeveloped North Coast Harbor. The museum opened on September 2, 1995, with the ribbon being cut by an ensemble that included Yoko Ono and Little Richard, among others.