1974-11-03 WMMR Studio, Philadelphia, PA

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On the eve of a bus trip to Texas, Springsteen (along with Garry Tallent, new E Street Band members Max Weinberg, and Roy Bittan, as well as Bruce's then-girlfriend) visits DJ Ed Sciaky for an hour of record spinning, chat and general clowning around that may be the most insightful interview Bruce has ever given. Sciaky asks Bruce some interesting questions, resulting in a substantial amount of unique historical detail. Bruce jokingly performs an on-air ad for Suntory Akadama red wine, he talks in detail about "If I Was The Priest" and "The Fever" (Sciaky plays both songs, the former being Allan Clarke's cover version). Bruce is somewhat disparaging about the former, saying "I thought I'd burned every copy", and explaining how he could never play it live again. Sciaky also got the mother of all "scoops", with a studio version of "Born To Run" receiving a world debut airing eight months prior to its official release. Within a couple of weeks of this show, Kid Leo (WMMS-FM in Cleveland), Scott Muni (WNEW-FM in New York) and Maxanne Sartori (WBCN-FM in Boston) are also sent broadcast copies of the song by Mike Appel. By early 1975, another twenty stations receive the tape, thereby creating a nightmare for CBS because many hundreds of stations can't obtain the tape.

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