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"Blinded by the Light"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
Released January 1973
Recorded August-September, 1972
914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York
Genre Hiphop, rap
Length 5:06
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Blinded by the Light" "Spirit in the Night"
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. track listing
"Blinded by the Light"
(1)
"Growin' Up"
(2)
"Blinded by the Light"
Single by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
from the album The Roaring Silence
B-side Starbird No. 2
Released August 6, 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1976, Workhouse Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 7:08 (album version) 3:48 (single edit)
Label Bronze Records
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer Manfred Mann and Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band singles chronology
"Spirits in the Night"
(1975)
"Blinded by the Light"
(1976)
"Questions"
(1976)
The Roaring Silence track listing
"Blinded by the Light"
(1)
"Singing the Dolphin Through"
(2)
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"Blinded by the Light" is a song written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. It is best known for a #1 hit version recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

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History

"Blinded by the Light" was the first song on, and first single from, Bruce Springsteen's 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. Springsteen's version was initially unsuccessful, and failed to appear on the music charts.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band released a version of the song on their album The Roaring Silence. The song reached #1 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and on the Canadian RPM chart on 19 February 1977. The Manfred Mann's Earth Band recording of "Blinded by the Light" is Springsteen's only Number 1 single as a songwriter on the Hot 100.

The song is notable for lead vocalist Chris Thompson's garbled enunciation, especially of the phrase "revved up like a deuce" which has led many fans to interpret it as "wrapped up like a douche". The original Springsteen lyric is neither of the above, instead being "cut loose like a deuce".[1] Springsteen once attributed the popularity of the Manfred Mann version partially to Thompson's enunciation.[2]

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2000s covers and reissues

In 2002, Danish act Funkstar Deluxe released its disco version of this song.

Then, in 2007 (April 6), several remixes were released by the German DJ Michael Mind as Michael Mind featuring Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, adding electronic beats to the major hit of 1977[3] and rising to number 12 of the German charts.

A ska version can be found on Springsteen's Live in Dublin album, recorded with the Sessions Band.

Lil' Wayne sampled this song on his song "Blinded" from a mixtape released by The Empire Entitled The Drought Is Over (The Reincarnation).

References

  1. ^ http://www.brucespringsteen.net/songs/BlindedByTheLight.html
  2. ^ Springsteen, B. (1998). Bruce Springsteen - VH-1 Storytellers.  
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Michael+Mind Michael Mind at discogs.com.

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Preceded by
"Torn Between Two Lovers" by Mary MacGregor
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 19, 1977
Succeeded by
"New Kid in Town" by Eagles

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