Clips & Pix: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band/You Never Can Tell

I have to credit fellow blogger Music Enthusiast and his latest post about the forthcoming release of Bruce Springsteen’s The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts film, and I suppose serendipity. When I looked up the film trailer on YouTube, I kept it running and the next clip was the above – simply too great not to post it!

Apparently, this footage was captured during a concert Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played in Leipzig, Germany in July 2013. I just love the improvised feel of this performance. And that piano and these horns truly rock – and so does everybody else on that stage!

Also known as C’est La Vie or Teenage Wedding, You Never Can Tell was written by Chuck Berry in the early ’60s while he was serving a federal prison sentence for alleged sex with a 14-old girl whom he had transported across state lines to work as a hatcheck girl at his club – a pretty dark looking chapter in Berry’s life.

First released in August 1964 as a single, the tune became Berry’s final top 40 hit in the U.S. until the embarrassing My Ding-a-Ling from October 1972, his only mainstream no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. You Never Can Tell was also included on Berry’s seventh studio album St. Louis to Liverpool that appeared in November 1964.

Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube

9 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band/You Never Can Tell”

    1. Thanks, Jim. Bruce looking for the right key with Little Steven chiming in, and Bruce then asking the horn players whether they can play the tune is priceless in and of itself. I also like the actual performance, though I feel it’s secondary. It’s really the spontaneity that makes this clip so entertaining.

      And, yes, I’m also happy to report I knew about Pulp Fiction!

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  1. I like how Bruce treats concerts like a high school talent show or a bar…I mean that in a great way. No lasers, explosions, or super light shows…just great music for 3-4 hours.

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