When the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band; From the coastline to the city all the little pretties raise their hands... Bruce Springsteen - Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Back a few weeks ago The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announced 2014's inductees. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. But the big news for me was that The E Street Band (finally) will be given the Award for Musical Excellence. This is long overdue, but welcomed.
The E Street Band have been around in some incarnation since Bruce Springsteen's beginnings. Clarence Clemons and Gary Tallent played on Bruce's debut in early 1973 Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Danny Federici came on board later in that year on The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. In 1975 Steven Van Zandt, Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg were added on the great Born to Run album. Nils Lofgren and Patty Scialfa joined later. We recently lost 2 of the original guys in Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons. No other group of people deserve this award more than this outfit. Way overdue, but well earned.
Additional The Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.