The Rolling Stones Song That Saved Bruce Springsteen’s Career

Every artist has had several musicians they admire and follow throughout their musical journey. These names generally become powerful sources of motivation that inspire artists to pursue a career in music. On some occasions, they may love another artist’s work so much that it can impact their style. On the other hand, these cherished names may also be great guiding spirits for artists during their process of developing their skills and abilities.

Generally, the musicians are very generous about publicly revealing the artists and the works that have a tremendous impact on the direction of their career, sound, and style. Famous singer Bruce Springsteen once shared the Rolling Stones song that holds a special place in his heart as he saved the rocker from the desperate situation he was in at the beginning of his music career.

The Rolling Stones Song That Helped Bruce Springsteen

Nowadays, the Rolling Stones have been celebrating their 60th anniversary in the music business with a series of events. BBC Two also prepared a four-part documentary named ‘My Life as a Rolling Stone’ to honor the legendary band. Each episode of the series focuses on a different member of the band and delves into their long career with insights from the Stones members, fans, and other musicians.

Bruce Springsteen also appeared in part of the series and reflected on the Rolling Stones’ impact on his music career. The singer revealed that he would borrow his mother’s hair clips and sleep on them to make his hair as straight as the Stones’ original frontman Brian Jones. Then, he continued by explaining why the band’s 1964 song ‘It’s All Over Now‘ had such a unique place for him.

At the beginning of his career, Springsteen had stepped into the music world by playing in a local band. Yet, he was dismissed from it, leaving him disappointed and desperate about the future of his career. Then, he put the Stones’ the Valentinos cover of ‘It’s All Over Now’ on and tried to copy Keith Richards’ solo guitar part. Springsteen said it was a precious record for him since it had the first guitar solo he’d ever learned, so it saved his career.

Bruce Springsteen’s words on the Stones’ ‘It’s All Over Now’:

“I would use my mother’s hair clips to pin my hair down; then I would sleep on it exactly right because I had Italian curly hair, so I would pin it down until it was as straight as Brian Jones. It held a special place for me because when I got thrown out of my first band, I went home that night, and I was pissed off, so I said, ‘All right, I’m going to be a lead guitar player.’

And for some reason, that solo felt like something I might be able to manage. I put the record on, and I sat there all night until I was able to scrape up some relatively decent version of Keith’s solo. It was a very important record for me as it was the first solo I ever learned.”

You can listen to the song below.