I'm not quite sure how this happened, but at around three months short of four years of doing Friday Bruce Fixes, and after roughly 450 songs, I've somehow managed not to play a song that I've loved from the very first time I heard it. Today, a horrible wrong is righted.
'Bobby Jean' was one of the last of the 50 or so songs that were played and recorded during the recording sessions for Bruce's 1984 monster hit album 'Born In The USA'. If I remember correctly, that album spawned seven top 10 singles: (In no particular order: Dancing in the Dark, Cover Me, Born in the USA, Glory Days, I'm On Fire, No Surrender, My Hometown.)
Since I thought Bobby Jean was such a great song, I was sure Bruce would see fit to release it as a single. As he released each new single, I kept thinking, "well, the next one will be Bobby Jean". I was really pulling for 'Bobby Jean' because I wanted that 8th top 10 single so he could surpass Michael Jackson's 7 top 10 singles from 'Thriller'. But, of course that never happened. Bruce didn't listen to me and missed his chance at immortality.
So, to make up for nearly 4 years of a 'Bobby Jean' free Friday Bruce Fix, here are 4 live renditions of, you guessed it, 'Bobby Jean'! Always great to hear Clarence Clemons blow his horn, too.