Monday, April 15, 2024

Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform Aretha Franklin’s “Don’t Play That Song” from New Album


Ahmet Ertegun isn’t usually thought of as a songwriter. But the legendary head of Atlantic Records co-wrote a major hit for Aretha Franklin in 1971. It’s called “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied).”

Now Bruce Springsteen has recorded it for his “Only the Strong Survive” album coming November 11th. (By coincidence you can find another cover of “Don’t Play That Song” by Bruce’s collaborator, R&B great Sam Moore, with Wynonna Judd on YouTube, from 2006.) Great song, great cover.

PS I’m waiting for Bruce’s album so everyone can hear his cover of Dobie Gray’s “Soul Days.” Amazing.

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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