Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on February 19th of 1977 “Blinded By The Light” reached the top of the Billboard singles chart for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, although it had earlier been a commercial failure for the song’s writer, Bruce Springsteen. This was Springsteen’s first single. It was released only in the US, where it flopped. It was, however, a #1 hit for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in February 1977, becoming the only #1 Hot 100 hit Springsteen ever wrote. The Manfred Mann version was much more elaborately produced, and Springsteen hated it at first. It ended up earning him a very nice payout. Manfred Mann’s version replaces the line “Cut loose like a deuce” with “Revved up like a deuce.” In their version, “Deuce” was commonly misheard as “Douche.” Springsteen’s original line makes a lot more sense – a deuce is a 1932 Ford hotrod. On his Storytellers special, Springsteen said (in a jesting manner): “I have a feeling that is why the song skyrocketed to #1.” Springsteen wrote the lyrics first and filled in the music later. The only time he wrote this way was on his first album. Manfred Mann’s cover is the only Bruce Springsteen song to top the Hot 100. Near misses for Bruce have been “Dancing In The Dark” (#2 in 1984) and The Pointer Sisters version of “Fire” (#2 in 1979). Springsteen wrote this after Columbia Records rejected his first attempt at an album, telling him to make some songs that could be played on the radio. He came up with this song and “Spirit In The Night.” This cover  of “Blinded By The Light” was such a breakthrough success for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band that they decided to cover another Springsteen song, “Spirit In The Night,” as a re-released follow-up.