Bruce Springsteen has made a career of telling stories about the working class, broken hearts, redemption and the underdog. One of his earliest and best known is “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” The song was the only single from The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, his second studio album released in 1973; but the song didn’t gain much traction until the release of his breakthrough album Born To Run in 1975.
“Sandy” has since turned into a fan favorite. With so much of a story behind the song, it’s easy to forget a few of the facts behind it. Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bruce Springsteen’s “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).”
The Children’s Choir Didn’t Show Up
While recording “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” Springsteen wanted to include a children’s choir to sing on it. When they didn’t show up, they used Suki Lahav for her high, clear voice and overdubbed it repeatedly so it would have a choir-like effect.
Lahav’s appearance was uncredited, but she would join the E Street Band from September 1974 to March 1975.
(Source: Jerusalem Post)
There Are At Least 40 Versions Of “Sandy”
“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” has over 40 recorded versions: Springsteen recorded the original studio version and the album version, there have been about a dozen covers of “Sandy” from artists like the Hollies, Air Supply and Ben E. King; plus about 27 recorded live versions from Springsteen spanning from 1973 to 2009.
Germany Reversed The Title
When the song was released as a single in Germany in mid 1975, the title was reversed from “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” to “Sandy (4th July, Asbury Park).” The picture sleeve and orange/yellow label (pictured above) is very rare.
“Sandy” Inspired “Shandi”
The Hollies covered “Sandy” in 1975 and included it on their album Another Night. Paul Stanley states that version of “Sandy” inspired the KISS song “Shandi.”
(Source: Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography)
Madam Marie Worked Her Butt Off
You’re probably familiar with the lyrics “Did you hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin’ fortunes better than they do.” You probably also know Madam Marie’s real name was Marie Castello and that she was, as Springsteen whispers in “Sandy,” a fortune teller on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
But Castello was also the longest running tenant on that boardwalk; she worked there from 1932 until her death in 2008 at the age of 93. She must have been good to be there for such a long time; she always told Springsteen his future “looked pretty good.”
(Source: blog.nj.com via brucespringsteen.net, app.com)
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