Fire – The Pointer Sisters

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on February 24th of 1979 The Pointer Sisters, now down to a trio after Bonnie Pointer had left for a solo career, enjoy their biggest US hit when the Bruce Springsteen written “Fire” tops out at Billboard’s #2. Springsteen wrote this for Elvis Presley, his idol growing up. He sent Elvis a demo of it in 1977, but Presley died soon after. The song would have fit well for Elvis, as it’s about a passionate lust a couple has for each other. Springsteen wrote this while he was waiting out litigation with his former manager. He couldn’t record his own songs, but still did plenty of writing. The singer Robert Gordon, who was a friend of Springsteen, was the first to record this – he released it on his 1978 album Fresh Fish Special. The song became a hit when the Pointer Sisters recorded it later in 1978 at the suggestion of their producer Richard Perry. While many people who heard this song knew it had hit potential, Springsteen did not release it until 1986, as he was more concerned with the continuity of his albums than making hit records. Springsteen’s version was included on his boxed set, Live 1975-1985. It was released as a single when the set came out. Springsteen considered using this on Darkness On The Edge Of Town and The River, but decided it did not fit the mood of either album.  The Pointer Sisters version was a hit on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts at respectively No. 14 and No. 22, “Fire” also afforded the Pointer Sisters an international chart hit, reaching No. 1 in Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa and New Zealand, and charting in Australia (No. 7), Austria (No. 10), Canada (No. 3), Germany (No. 35) and the UK (No. 34).