QUARTER TO THREE

Live 18 Nov 1975 version


A one, a two, a one, two, three, hop

Come on! Get on!

Don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.?
He was swingin' on the sax with the girls of blue
And I was dancin' all over the room

People were dancin' like they were mad
Swingin' best band they ever had
Swingin' best song that could ever be
A night with Daddy G.

Let me tell you, now
I never had it so good
Yeah, and I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five

Don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
Everybody was as happy as they could be
Swingin' with Daddy G.

Blow, daddy! Yeah!...

Let me tell you, now
I never had it so good
I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five

Oh, don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
Oh, everybody was as happy as they could be
Swingin' with Daddy G.

Blow, daddy!...


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Info

QUARTER TO THREE is a 1961 song by Gary U.S. Bonds.

Live 18 Nov 1975 version

The above lyrics are for the live 18 Nov 1975 performance of QUARTER TO THREE at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England, during the Born To Run Tour. The complete 18 Nov 1975 show was released on Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.

Bruce Springsteen performing QUARTER TO THREE during the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England (from the "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing QUARTER TO THREE during the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England (from the "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75" DVD)

Hammersmith Odeon, London '75

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England, was one of their most mysterious, most hyped, and most disparaged performances ever. "For me, the set went by like a freight train," Springsteen wrote. "Later, all I remembered is an awkward record company party, that 'what just happened?' feeling, and thinking we hadn't played that well. I was wrong."

Promotional poster for the 18 and 24 Nov 1975 shows at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
Promotional poster for the 18 and 24 Nov 1975 shows at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
(Taken from Rock Explosion)
Ticket stub for the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
Ticket stub for the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
(Taken from Brucebase)

The complete concert was captured on 16 mm film and recorded on 24-track. It is also known that this show was initially going to be broadcast on radio (either live or delayed) but Mike Appel, Springsteen's manager at the time, backed out at the last minute as he felt that Bruce's mood at the time would not lead to a particularly good show.

The film remained largely untouched for nearly 30 years. "Lost in my private Idaho, I'd paid no attention to it. I never looked at it... for thirty years," Springsteen wrote. "At the end of the Rising tour, I became interested in checking out film of the early part of my work." Read complete liner notes below.

Emmy Award Winner Thom Zimny received the 16 mm negatives along with the 24-track recording. His production team painstakingly cleaned the original negatives and digitally restored the footage, ultimately presenting this indispensable concert in vibrant color and detail. Producer Bob Clearmountain remastered and remixed the DVD in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Zimny has worked with Springsteen on several projects, including editing the Live In New York City, Live In Barcelona, and VH1 Storytellers films. Clearmountain is the legendary mixer who has often collaborated with Springsteen over the last 25 years, most famously on the Born In The U.S.A. album.

The complete 18 Nov 1975 show was released in November 2005 on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 DVD, as part of the "30th Anniversary Edition" of the Born To Run album. Audio for the concert was released on a 2-CD set under the same title in February 2006.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (album cover art)

Liner notes from the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 DVD and CD:

In 1975, we stepped of the plane into the land of our mythic heroes. A London, that was yet to see it's first McDonalds's, that was still wrasslin' with making good cheeseburger and that seemed very foreign and exotic to a bunch of provincial Jersey Shore beach bums and musicians.

From the "very" anxious heavens of our first trans-Atlantic flight we descended into... well... hell, as I would soon come to know it.

There was a lot of publicity.

Without going into excessive and ancient detail, yeah, there were promo posters, yeah; there was the "London is finally ready for..." marquee; the raves, the pans, the fans, the existential angst... the... the... HYPE!

The whole city, or at least the part that was interested in pop music, seemed primed for... a party? a funeral? a coronation? All of the above? With the shadow of the crown and the noose upon my neck, I stood in the middle of it, this week's Next... Big... Thing. All I remember thinking was, Whoa! This is a little more than I bargained for. Not quite savvy enough to realize that this was exactly what I had bargained for, I arrived at the theater and created pre-show chaos, stomping through the aisles, pulling promo flyers of the seats in a "The Man can't steal my music" frenzy. The record company, of course, was just doing its job, and I was just learning mine... real fast.

Later that evening an E Street Band, with a good deal of the carnival still left in it and armed with a set list I still dare any young band to match, strode onto the stage of the Hammersmith Odeon. The tempos were fast. A Jersey stew of almost punk soul, fueled by the visionary songwriters, 60's records, garage bands, and Rhythm and Blues we loved. For me, the set went by like a freight train. Later, all I remembered is an awkward record company party, that "what just happened?" feeling, and thinking we hadn't played that well. I was wrong. With the keys to the kingdom dangling in front of us and the knife at our neck, we'd gone for broke. Whatever happened, it became one of our "legendary" performances, marked only in memory, bits of bootleg tape, and "I was there when" stories. It was the show that put us on the map in England and began a long and beautiful relationship with our fans overseas.

The evening had been recorded and filmed. Lost in my private Idaho, I'd paid no attention to it. I never looked at it... for thirty years. At the time I was anxious to move away from the commotion and on down the road, as the band and I were "busy bein' born."

At the end of the Rising tour, I became interested in checking out film of the early part of my work. It had remained a blank spot with virtually nothing released. I started with bits and pieces of this show figuring we could cut together a song or two. To our surprise the entire concert emerged from the vault along with the 24-track recording. Restore by Thom Zimny and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, removed from the bluster and noise of the moment, all that's left if the music. So Ladies and Gentelmen... "London is finally ready for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band." Live! At the Hammersmith Odeon.

- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, 9/22/05

Official Releases

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Other Official Releases

Other versions of QUARTER TO THREE were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1875
The live 31 Dec 1975 version of QUARTER TO THREE was released on the Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1975 official live download in 2015.

Live History

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Credits

Thanks Manuel Lázaro for the lyrics.

Available Versions

List of available versions of QUARTER TO THREE on this website:

QUARTER TO THREE [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
QUARTER TO THREE [Live 02 Nov 2002 version]

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