The Day Bruce Springsteen Rose To The Top
But even if Born to Run had gotten press like it was a once-in-a-lifetime success, it topped out at #3 on the charts. Its title song, now a rock classic, never climbed higher than #23 on the singles charts. The Boss was big, but superstar status with a #1 album had eluded him. Until, of course, he delivered The River – which, on this day in 1980, began a four-week run at the top of the charts.
The interesting thing is that, in late 1979, Springsteen had planned to release an extremely pop-oriented album. Titled The Ties that Bind, the album was to feature plenty of the songs that would end up on The River – the title song, "Hungry Heart," "I Wanna Marry You" and "Stolen Car." It also featured super-melodic songs such as "Be True" and "Loose Ends." Before it could be released, Bruce had a change of heart. He decided the album was too pop and lacked the complete story of the record in his head. more on this story
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