Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Paid tha Cost to Be tha Boss

Bruce Springsteen, erstwhile member of the Jersey Shore rock groups the Castiles, Earth, Child, Steel Mill, and Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, turns 59 today. Here's a partial list of artists who have paid an early birthday tribute to Springsteen by covering one of his songs:

Solomon Burke, "Ain't Got You"
The Band, "Atlantic City"
Maria McKee, "Backstreets"
10,000 Maniacs, "Because the Night"
Roger Daltrey, "Born to Run"
Elvis Costello, "Brilliant Disguise"
Warren Zevon, "Cadillac Ranch"
Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Dancing in the Dark"
The Smithereens, "Downbound Train"
Robin Williams, "Fire"
Air Supply, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
Pearl Jam, "Growin' Up"
Johnny Cash, "Highway Patrolman"
Joe Cocker, "Human Touch"
Mike Love, "Hungry Heart"
Frank Black, "I'm Going Down"
Tori Amos, "I'm on Fire"
David Bowie, "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"
Los Lobos, "Johnny 99"
Steve Earle, "Nebraska"
Jerry Lee Lewis, "Pink Cadillac"
Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, "Reason to Believe"
Deana Carter, "State Trooper"
Elliott Murphy, "Stolen Car"
Ray Coniff, "Streets of Philadelphia"
Cowboy Junkies, "Thunder Road"
Travis Tritt, "Tougher Than the Rest"
Ani DiFranco, "Used Cars"

Plus, of course, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, the Pointers Sisters, and too many others to count.

Thanks to Matt and Lori for help in researching this post

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