Thursday, May 23, 2024

Bruce Springsteen Classic R&B Songs Covers Album Said to Be Coming in November, Announcement Tomorrow (Exclusive)


The Springsteen Universe is alive and buzzing this morning.

The experts in this area tell me the new Bruce Springsteen album is a collection of cover of R&B classics and some lesser known songs. One of them, Dobie Gray’s “Soul Days.”

The title of album, experts say, is a cover of Jerry Butler’s “Only the Strong Survive.” I’d be happy to hear that since the documentary I made with Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker about classic R&B in 2002 had the same title.

Some other titles are said to include songs by the Four Tops, Jerry Butler, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin. There’s said to be a cover of “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted,” as well that I can’t wait to hear. There’s also a cover of Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You.” The only title I didn’t see was “Expressway to Your Heart,” which Bruce has famously performed many times (see below).

Bruce is a soul aficionado from day one. He loves Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, and Gary US Bonds. He’s put an R&B inflection into most of his songs, and of course the horn work by Clarence Clemons is legendary (and not too shabby by nephew Jake).

If all this pans out on November 11th it will make for a very happy holiday. What a nice gift while we wait for the big E Street Band album this winter, and the tour!

Potential track list:

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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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