You Mean So Much To Me

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Note: Written in early 1971 and performed throughout that year, although the circulating live versions from 1971 stem from the middle months. Another song that would be ranked in the top tier of Springsteen’s pre-CBS portfolio. Bruce obviously felt this was one of his best early creations, as he performed it live numerous times during 1973-74. On May 31, 1973, what many consider the definitive version of "You Mean So Much To Me" was cut at a recording studio for WGOE-FM radio, Richmond’s Alpha Sound Studios. Never officially released, it was first bootlegged on 'Deep Down In The Vaults' in the 1990s. In late 1975, Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen decided to get their friend John Lyon and his band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes a contract and record an album. Bruce helped out by donating two of his compositions to the effort, “You Mean So Much To Me” and “The Fever”. At the Record Plant one day, he ran into Ronnie Spector, who had been invited by Van Zandt. He wrote an arrangement for "You Mean So Much To Me" as a duet for Ronnie and Southside Johnny, which became the closing song on side 2 of their debut album. Ronnie agreed to tour with the Jukes throughout 1976-1977, and their duet was a regular encore and show closer. On May 12-13, 1977, when Bruce filled in for Southside, out because of illness, he sang the duet with Ronnie three times in two nights at the Monmouth County Arts Center.

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