Thursday, July 21, 2022

Records I'd Forgotten Existed, Let Alone Loved: An Occasional Feature (Special "Feets Don't Fail Me Now" Edition)

From 1975, please enjoy The Hollies' brilliant lead singer Allan Clarke and his way-before-its-time cover of Bruce Springsteen's immortal ode to cultural freedom "Born to Run."

I've been trying to figure out just how earlier than Bruce's version this came out -- it was definitiely the same year, but beyond that I remain confused -- and in any case it was pretty hep of Clarke to record it.

I should add that I've got an absolutely hilarious true story involving Springsteen, the Hollies, and me at a club where the Hollies were performing. Get me drunk sometime and I'll tell it to you.


edward said...

Born to Run, the single, was out and about to radio stations for about a year before the official release, which gave Clarke plenty of time to hear and cover it before Bruce's version went official.

I don't recall ever hearing this, but then I was lucky enough to have WHFS playing Springsteen's version to death long before the official release.

The Kenosha Kid said...

Bonus Jewy spelling of "Springstein" on label1

Phil Cheese said...

I was lucky enough to hear the Springsteen/Hollies story during my trip NYC to meet you and The Floor Models...and I didn't even have to get you drunk first!

Anonymous said...

Jeez - almost a note for note copy.
Not to be sarcastic but a karaoke
backing ?- sure that's not Clarence