1974-05-09 Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA (Early)

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Scheduled: 19:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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First of two shows, double bill, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opening for headliner Bonnie Raitt. This is one of most famous Springsteen gigs yet, ironically, one of the most inaccurately reported - the key point of confusion being that there were two separate admission shows on the night and the long-circulating audio has been long-attributed to the wrong show. The audio is from the early show, an excellent performance that includes a unique cover of the Dinah Washington / Etta James WWII-era blues classic "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" (performed by Bruce in the 'comedy mode' as recorded by The Starlets in 1961, the likely inspiration). "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party" and "Kitty's Back" includes a snippet of "Bright Lights, Big City". The MC's use of the name "The E Street Band" in his introduction is the earliest appearance of that name on any show audio or promotional material yet unearthed. The E Street Band name was conjured up only a few weeks earlier.

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