Friday, April 12, 2024

Listen to Bruce Springsteen’s Great New “Hello Sunshine” Recalling Jimmy Webb, Glenn Campbell, Harry Nilsson, John Hartford


If John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” and Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’ at Me” had a single, it would be Bruce Springsteen’s “Hello Sunshine.” I love it, it’s perfect for summer. Bruce signals Glenn Campbell and Harry Nilsson from 1968-69, and Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman.”

Yesterday people misunderstood that he was coming with a “Western” album. It’s not country western. It’s California, Arizona breezy southwest pop. The music lush and melodic. You won’t be able to forget this song.

We’ll have to ask Bruce if this a 50th anniversary thing. His song could go in the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” set in 1969. It’s a very specific sound. I can’t wait to hear the album!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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