4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)

Album version

Sandy, the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
Forcin' a light into all those stony faces left stranded on this warm July
Down in the town, the Circuit's full of switchblade lovers, so fast, so shiny, so sharp
As the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark
And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York virgins by the score

And Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
This pier lights our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight, for I may never see you again
Hey, Sandy girl
My, my, baby

Now, the greasers, ah, they tramp the streets or get busted for sleeping on the beach all night
Them boys in their high heels, ah, Sandy, their skins are so white
And me, I just got tired of hangin' in them dusty arcades, bangin' them pleasure machines
Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk where they all promise to unsnap their jeans
And you know that tilt-a-whirl down on the south beach drag
I got on it last night and my shirt got caught
And they kept me spinning, babe, didn't think I'd ever get off

Oh, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
This pier lights our carnival life on the water
Runnin', laughin' 'neath the boardwalk, ah, with the boss's daughter
I remember, Sandy, girl
Na, na, na, na, na, baby

Sandy, that waitress I was seeing lost her desire for me
I spoke with her last night, she said she won't set herself on fire for me anymore
She worked that joint under the boardwalk, she was always the girl you saw boppin' down the beach with the radio
The kids say last night she was dressed like a star in one of them cheap little seaside bars, and I saw her parked with lover boy out on the Kokomo
Did you hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do
For me this boardwalk life is through, babe
You ought to quit this scene too

Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
This pier lights our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever
Oh, I mean it, Sandy, girl
My, my, my, my, my baby
Yeah, I promise, Sandy, girl
Sha, la, la, la, la, baby


Page last updated: 18 Jan 2012

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is the second track on his 1973 album The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. Within the E Street Band, the song was heavily identified with Danny Federici's accordion part, which is the main musical element. A version recorded by The Hollies charted in North America and became a hit in Europe in 1975. See The Hollies' cover version for more details.

The above lyrics are for Springsteen's studio version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) as released on The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. This album version was also included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen compilation album in 2003.

Composition and Recording

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was written in mid-1973. In his 1998 book Songs, Springsteen wrote: "I'd been evicted from my apartment above the beauty salon, so I moved on myself and was living with my girlfriend in a garage apartment, five minutes from Asbury Park, in Bradley Beach. This is where I wrote '4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),' a goodbye to my adopted hometown and the life I'd lived there before I recorded. Sandy was a composite of some of the girls I'd known along the Shore. I used the boardwalk and the closing down of the town as a metaphor for the end of a summer romance and the changes I was experiencing in my own life."

"Sandy" may be none other than Diane Lozito, Springsteen's girlfriend between summer 1971 and early 1975. See ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) for more about Diane Lozito.

The band line-up on this track is Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, and David Sancious, plus Suki Lahav who provided the "choir" backing vocals. Springsteen had hired a church children's choir to sing on the studio recording of the song, "but they didn't show," Lahav told the Jerusalem Post in 2007. "And I was around. And I had this high, pure clear voice. So that was my first time." Lahav's voice was recorded and overdubbed repeatedly to give a choir-like effect that Springsteen wanted. Vini Lopez explained in 2007 that he and Clarence Clemons tried to sound like Lahav when singing backing vocals on the song live. "Not easy", he recalled. Lahav, then the wife of Louis Lahav who was Springsteen's sound engineer at the time, would not be credited for her role, but would later join the E Street Band for six months as a violinist and singer.

The track, as well as the whole album, was recorded at Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY, and produced by Mike Appel and Jimmy Cretecos.

A handwritten lyrics sheet containing what appears to be an early draft of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was auctioned in 2013. See the early draft for more details.

Circulating Studio Versions

Two other different mixes (but same basic recording) of the album version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) have been circulating on bootlegs: an instrumental backing track, and a mix with Springsteen's original vocal overdub with the "Sparkin' an empty light in all those lonely faces reachin' up like bandits in the sky" lyric line. See the original studio version for more details. The mix that was eventually released on The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album features a Springsteen vocal overdub that changed that lyrics line to "Forcin' a light into all those stony faces left stranded on this warm July."

The instrumental backing track can be found on several bootlegs, including The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 5 (Yellow Dog Records) and Born In The Studio (Archive Productions).

Bruce Springsteen -- The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 5 (Yellow Dog Records) [bootleg cover art] Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The Studio (Archive Productions) [bootleg cover art]

Madam Marie

The "Madam Marie" mentioned in the song is Marie Castello, a real-life fortune teller who worked on the Asbury Park boardwalk from 1932 and until her passing away in 2008. She was the longest running tenant on the Asbury Park boardwalk, where she operated from a small one-room concrete structure called the "Temple Of Knowledge". Castello's family continues to give readings at the Temple Of Knowledge, which has become a landmark on the Asbury Park boardwalk.

Madam Marie's Temple Of Knowledge (08 Nov 2009)
Keith Mallaby photo, used with permission
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Castello gained a following among celebrities who often stopped at Asbury Park to perform at the nearby Asbury Park Convention Hall, specially during the sixties. Her famous clients included Ray Charles, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and many others. A young Bruce Springsteen began visiting her around the age of 17 and often played his guitar outside of her booth. He later immortalized her in his 1973 song 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) -- she became an icon among Springsteen fans worldwide.

Marie Castello died on 27 Jun 2008 at the age of 93. Springsteen offered memories and condolences of her on his website, saying: "Back in the day when I was a fixture on the Asbury Park boardwalk, I'd often stop and talk to Madam Marie as she sat on her folding chair outside the Temple Of Knowledge. I'd sit across from her on the metal guard rail bordering the beach, and watched as she led the day trippers into the small back room where she would unlock a few of the mysteries of their future. She always told me mine looked pretty good - she was right. The world has lost enough mystery as it is - we need our fortunetellers. We send our condolences out to her family who've carried on her tradition. Over here on E Street, we will miss her."

A few days following her death, Springsteen dedicated 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) to Marie Castello during the 04 Jul 2008 Magic Tour show in Goteborg, Sweden, and again a few day later during the 11 Jul 2008 Magic Tour show in Helsinki, Finland. See the live 04 Jul 2008 version for more details.

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle is Bruce Springsteen's second studio album. It was recorded between mid-May 1973 and mid-September 1973 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY. Studio time was slotted in during various itinerary breaks in the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour, but recording sessions dragged on much longer than originally anticipated and this eventually caused some gig rescheduling and cancellations during the period from July to September 1973.

The album's recording sessions can be split into distinct phases:

  • The first phase of sessions took place on 15-22 May and 17-20 June, and featured the then-touring line-up of Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent, and Vini Lopez. Neither David Sancious nor any other musicians were involved in these initial sessions.
  • The second phase of sessions took place on 26 June-02 July, 11-16 July, 04-12 August, and 10-25 September, and included all of the above-mentioned musicians, plus new E Street Band member David Sancious (who joined in on 22 June), as well as niche session contributions by Suki Lahav on vocals, Richard Blackwell on congas and percussion, and Albee Tellone on baritone sax.

Most of the basic ensemble recording of The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle emanates from the first phase of sessions, prior to the arrival of David Sancious to the sessions on 22 Jun 1973. Sancious verified in a late seventies interview with Thunder Road magazine that most of the session songs had already been recorded (as basic tracks) by the time he joined. He then overdubbed his parts onto these recordings. THE E STREET SHUFFLE is an exception, which was written after Sancious became a member of the band. The latter phase of the sessions involved embellishing additional "frills" instrumentation, vocals, and experimenting with different mixes. No audio evidence has yet emerged that any of the basic recordings of were re-recorded from scratch with Sancious. Indeed, one of the most noteworthy aspects to the audio evidence that has emerged from the The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle recording sessions is that there is not one genuine alternate take to be found – all song recording variations are merely alternate mixes of the same basic recording.

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The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle was produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos and engineered by Louis Lahav. It features 7 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 46:47. It was commercially released on 05 Nov 1973.

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
side 1 track list (vinyl LP format):

  1. THE E STREET SHUFFLE
  2. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
  3. KITTY'S BACK
  4. WILD BILLY'S CIRCUS STORY

The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
side 2 track list (vinyl LP format):

  1. INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET
  2. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  3. NEW YORK CITY SERENADE

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It's part of a series of "Essential" sets released by Sony BMG (previously Sony Music Entertainment). Per liner notes comments by Springsteen, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour; hence, it includes songs from every Springsteen album since his debut. The album was available as a 2-disc set (which clocks at 153:23) and as a limited edition 3-disc set (which clocks at 200:45). For the latter, the third disc contained a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003. The Essential Bruce Springsteen also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart.

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1975 Single Release

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released as a single in mid-1975 in Germany, with THE E STREET SHUFFLE on the B-side. This coupling is unique to Germany and was the very first ever Springsteen 7-inch issued outside the United States. Both commercial and promotional versions were pressed.


Bruce Springsteen-- Sandy (4th July, Asbury Park)

7-inch single - CBS (S 3512) - Germany, 1975

Additonal information.
Side A: 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Side B: THE E STREET SHUFFLE

Bruce Springsteen-- "Sandy (4th July, Asbury Park) / The E Street Shuffle"

7-inch single - CBS (S 3512) - Germany, 1975

Additonal information.
Side A: 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Side B: THE E STREET SHUFFLE

The Hollies were always a highly popular band in Germany, and their cover version of Springsteen's 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY), titled "Sandy (4th July, Asbury Park)", was a modest hit in Germany and and some neighboring countries in the summer of 1975. See The Hollies' cover version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) for more details.

In an attempt to capitalize on the success of The Hollies' version, CBS released Springsteen's version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) as a single in Germany in mid-1975. The single features the text "Originalaufnahme" (which translates to "Original recording") and adapts the title "Sandy (4th July, Asbury Park)" that The Hollies used on their releases. Springsteen's single sold virtually nothing in German and that's why now collectors pay many hundreds of dollars for a stock copy. Promotional copies on the other hand are relatively easier to come by than their stock counterparts.

Other Official Releases

In 1987, 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was included on the Dutch and Greek pressings of the Brilliant Disguise EP. In 1995, it was included on the European and South African pressings of the Secret Garden EP and the European pressings of the Murder Incorporated EP.

Bruce Springsteen -- Brilliant Disguise

12-inch EP - Columbia (651141 6) - Holland, 1987

Comes with a 36-inch x 24-inch fold-out poster.

Side A, 01- BRILLIANT DISGUISE
Side B, 01- LUCKY MAN
Side B, 02- 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Bruce Springsteen -- Brilliant Disguise

12-inch EP - Columbia (651141 6) - Greece, 1987

Some copies came with a 36-inch x 24-inch fold-out poster announced by a sticker on the front sleeve.

Side A, 01- BRILLIANT DISGUISE
Side B, 01- LUCKY MAN
Side B, 02- 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Bruce Springsteen -- Secret Garden

CD5 EP - Columbia (661295 2) - Austria, 1995

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- SECRET GARDEN
02- BECAUSE THE NIGHT [live 28 Dec 1980 version]
03- PINK CADILLAC
04- 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Bruce Springsteen -- Secret Garden

CD5 EP - Columbia (CDSIN 30 I) - South Africa, 1995

01- SECRET GARDEN
02- BECAUSE THE NIGHT [live 28 Dec 1980 version]
03- PINK CADILLAC
04- 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Bruce Springsteen -- Murder Incorporated

12-inch EP - Columbia (661313 6) - Holland, 1995

Dutch pressing for the French market, withdrawn for unknown reasons.

Side A, 01- MURDER INCORPORATED
Side A, 02- BECAUSE THE NIGHT [live 28 Dec 1980]
Side B, 01- PINK CADILLAC
Side B, 02- 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
Bruce Springsteen -- Murder Incorporated

CD5 EP - Columbia (661313 2) - Austria, 1995

Austrian pressing for the French market.

01- MURDER INCORPORATED
02- BECAUSE THE NIGHT [live 28 Dec 1980]
03- PINK CADILLAC
04- 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) can also be found on four Bruce Springsteen promo-only samplers.


Bruce Springsteen -- The Future Of Rock'n'Roll / 70's To 80's

2-CD – CBS/Sony (XADP 90009~10) – Japan, 1988

Japan-only promotional 2-CD set sampler compiling 28 tracks from Springsteen's first nine albums plus two 1988 live B-sides.

Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen Sampler

CD – Columbia (CDNK 677) – Canada, 1992

Canada-only promotional CD sampler compiling 10 tracks from Springsteen's albums up to 1987, plus the 1988 acoustic live version of BORN TO RUN. Comes in a plain white die-cut cardboard sleeve.

Bruce Springsteen -- Interview With Bruce Springsteen

2-CD – Columbia (SAMPCD 3184 9) – Germany, 1996

Germany-only promotional 2-CD set featuring 16 Springsteen tracks interspersed with segments from an exclusive interview for German radio station "Radio Eins" conducted in Los Angeles in February 1996. Comes in a cardboard gatefold sleeve.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Ballads Vol. 1 (1973 - 1982)

CD-R – Sony (no catalogue number) – Japan, 2005

Japan-only promotional "Digest" CDR advance sampler tying in with the release of the first six Japanese 2005 "mini-LP"-style Springsteen CD album reissues. This disc comes in a plain slimline jewel case with no artwork.

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on two various artists albums in the seventies: Rockwork in Germany and After Dark in Sweden.


Various artist -- Rockwork

2-LP - CBS (88200) - Germany, 1975

This Germany-only various artists album contains a unique 3:42 edited version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY). This was the very first various artists album release ever to contain a Springsteen recording.

Various artist -- After Dark

LP - CBS (SP 13311) - Sweden, 1977

This Sweden-only various artists "CBS Special Products" sampler that was available exclusively through mail order via domestic teen magazine Vecko-Revyn as part of a subscription promotion in June 1977.

Other versions of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) were also officially released:



The live 18 Nov 1975 version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.


The live 31 Dec 1980 version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.


The live 20 Mar 2008 version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on the Magic Tour Highlights digital EP in 2008.

Live History -- 1970's

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is known to have been performed at least 5 times during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. Very little is known about the 1972 and 1973 shows, and therefore, the song must've been played on some more dates. On this tour, the song featured an acoustic arrangement with Bruce Springsteen on guitar and Danny Federici on accordion. Each version featured a unique set of early lyrics, some of which are similar to those in the original studio version.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is known to have been performed at least 42 times during The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour. Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates. The performances from fall 1973 were played in an acoustic arrangement with Bruce Springsteen on guitar and Danny Federici on accordion, just like during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. For the rest of the tour (in 1974 and 1975), the song was played in a new full-band arrangement. Ernest "Boom" Carter played drums and David Sancious played piano until August 1974, and they were replaced by Max Weinberg on drums and Roy Bittan on piano from September 1974 onwards. Suki Lahav joined in from October 1974 onward, singing backup vocals (and perhaps playing violin) on the song. In the Spring 1974 part of the tour, Springsteen switched over to a rewritten third verse.

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In 1974, Bruce Springsteen performed 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) on one radio performance. The song was played in an acoustic arrangement featuring Bruce Springsteen on guitar and Danny Federici on accordion, just like they did during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. See the live 09 Apr 1974 version for more details

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is known to have been performed at least 73 times during the Born To Run Tour: 54 times during the 1st leg (73 know dates / 81 known shows, between July and December 1975) and 19 times during the 2nd leg (35 know dates, between March and May 1976). The 1976 portion of the tour would soon be nicknamed the "Chicken Scratch Tour" by the road crew because of the high proportion of secondary market, southern state locations. Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates during the Born To Run Tour; it may have been a stable number during the 2nd leg. On this tour, the song was played in the full-band arrangement and with the rewritten third verse that Springsteen switched over to in Spring 1974. The live 18 Nov 1975 version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.

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Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Bruce replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel countersued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as the "Lawsuit Tour".

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is known to have been performed at least 32 times during the Lawsuit Tour: 26 times during the 1st leg (29 known dates, between August and November 1976) and 6 times during the 2nd leg (33 known dates, between February and March 1977). Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates during the Lawsuit Tour; it must have been a stable number during the 1st leg, and may have been played on some more dates during the 2nd leg. On this tour, the song was played in a full-band arrangement and with the rewritten third verse that Springsteen switched over to in Spring 1974.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is known to have been performed at least 29 times during the 111-date-long Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, mostly in August. A few setlists from that period are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. On this tour, the song was played in the full-band arrangement and with the rewritten third verse that Springsteen switched over to in Spring 1974.

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Live History -- 1980's

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is known to have been performed at least 37 times during the 138-date-long The River Tour, mostly between December 1980 and February 1981. A few setlists from that period are incomplete, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour. On this tour, the song was played in the full-band arrangement and with the rewritten third verse that Springsteen switched over to in Spring 1974. The live 31 Dec 1980 version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.

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Live History -- 1990's

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed 3 times during the 102-date-long World Tour 1992-1993, all during the 1992 North American leg. The first performance was an acoustic version with Springsteen on guitar and Roy Bittan on organ, plus some backing vocals (see the live 30 Jul 1992 version), while the latter two were full-band versions (see the live 10 Aug 1992 version). On this tour Springsteen used the rewritten third verse that he switched over to in Spring 1974.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed 4 times during the 128-date-long The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour, on the three November 1996 Asbury Park shows plus one show in Australia in February 1997. The first two performances were in an acoustic guitar-and-accordion arrangement (see the live 24 Nov 1996 version for more details), the third performance was in an acoustic full-band arrangement (see the live 26 Nov 1996 version for more details), and the final performance was in a solo acoustic guitar arrangement (see the live 15 Feb 1997 version for more details). On this tour Springsteen used the rewritten third verse that he switched over to in Spring 1974.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed twice during the 132-date-long The Reunion Tour. The song was played in a slightly slowed down full-band arrangement and with the rewritten third verse that Springsteen switched over to in Spring 1974.

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Live History -- 2000's

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed 3 times during the 120-date-long The Rising Tour, in May and July 2003. The song was played in a slightly slowed down full-band arrangement and with the rewritten third verse that Springsteen switched over to in Spring 1974.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed 5 times during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour. The song was played in a new solo electric piano arrangement. On this tour Springsteen used the song's orginal lyrics.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed 12 times during the 100-date-long Magic Tour. The song was played in an album-style full-band arrangement. The first three performances of featured Danny Federici on accordion, while the rest featured a combinations of Roy Bittan, Charles Giordano, and/or Jason Federici. On the last show of the tour, 30 Aug 2008 in Milwaukee, Danny Federici's son Jason guested on accordion. See the live 30 Aug 2008 version for more details. On this tour Springsteen used sometimes kept the song's orginal lyrics and sometimes he used the rewritten third verse that he switched over to in Spring 1974. See performances list below for details. The live 20 Mar 2008 version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was released on the Magic Tour Highlights digital EP in 2008.

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4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed 3 times during the Working On A Dream Tour. The song was played in an album-style full-band arrangement. On this tour Springsteen used the song's orginal lyrics.

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Danny Federici's funeral service was held on 21 Apr 2008 at United Methodist Church in Red Bank, NJ. Springsteen delivered eulogies and performed a three-song set, including 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY).

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Since 2002, Springsteen has been playing private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was performed at 3 of these fundraisers, always at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band. On these shows the song was played in a full-band version.

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Appearance in Film

Bruce Springsteen's album version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was used in the 1999 documentary film Pitch People. The film was shot at several location in the USA and the UK, including Asbury Park, NJ.


Plot: Pitch People is a documentary film that focuses on the role the art of the "pitch" has played in society. The men and women who have perfected this craft and how they make a livelihood selling various products by way of a visual demonstration make up a world unfamiliar to most people.

Starring: Garrett Bess, Billy Carroll, George Cook
Directed by: Stanley Jacobs
Produced by: SJPL Films Ltd.
Written by: Stanley Jacobs
Distributed by: CS Associates
Release date: 22 Oct 1999

Covers

Several artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY), most notably The Hollies. See The Hollies' cover version for more details.


The Hollies -- Another Night

LP - Polydor (2442-128) - UK, 1975
LP - Epic (PE 33387) - USA, 1975
8-track - Epic (PEA 33387) - USA, 1975
LP - Polydor (2460 242) - Holland, 1975
LP - Polydor (2438 102) - Germany, 1975

The Hollies' cover of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) was included on many more releases. See The Hollies' cover version for more details.

Air Supply -- Air Supply

LP - Arista (AL8-8283) - USA, 1985
CD - Arista (ARCD 8283) - USA, 1985

John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless

CD - Megaforte (7 81906-2) - USA, 1988

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Theu Boermans & De Groep -- Asfalt Gigolo

LP - EMI (058 26488) - Holland, 1980
CD - Fonos (ST 48222) - Holland, 2006

Contains a Ducth version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) titled "Venlo '67". This album also includes a cover of FACTORY.

Ulf Lundell -- Sweethearts

LP - EMI (1361401) - Sweden, 1984
CD - EMI (1364862) - Sweden, 1992

Contains a Swedish version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) titled "Sanna, (Nyarsafton Are 1983) (Sandy)". Ulf Lundell dedicated the song to his daughter Sanna, and instead of taking place on 4th of July, it takes place on New Year's Eve.

Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

2 CD - The Right Stuff (7243 8 59780 2 9) - USA, 1997
2-CD - EMI (TOCP-50377/8) - Japan - 1997

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is performed by Ben E. King. See Ben E. King's cover version for more details.

The Section -- Hometown: The String Quartet Tribute To Springsteen

CD - Vitamin (CD 8678) - USA, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Richard Shindell -- Courier

CD - Signature Sounds (SIG 1270) - USA, 2002

This is a live album. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is titled "Fourth Of July, Asbury Park".

Georg Siegl -- Strossnkoda

CD - no label (no catalogue number) - Austria, 2002

Contains a German version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) titled "Sandra".

We're About 9 -- Live Wherever You Are

CD - no label (no catalogue number) - USA, 2004

This is a live album. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) is titled "4th Of July, Asbury Park".

Dirk Darmstaedter -- Original Podcasts, Vol. 2

CD - no label (no catalogue number) - Germany, 2006

Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls recorded a version of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) in 2009 in Los Angeles. Their version was endorsed by Bruce Springsteen and was released through Springsteen's official website and on Backstreets.com. A video was also released on Bruce Springsteen's YouTube channel. The video was directed by Jeff Kussmann and shows the band recording the song in studio. Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls band's line up features Danny Federici's son, Jason Federici. He wrote, "Our version of 'Sandy' came about as a tribute to my father who loved that song."

Available Versions

List of available versions of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) on this website:

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for transcribing the lyrics and for all the help. Thanks Domingo (dobama at Greasy Lake) for the Greek Brilliant Disguise 12-inch EP info and scan and Keith Mallaby (Born To Walk at Greasy Lake) for the Madam Marie's Temple Of Knowledge photo.

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase. Info for some of the above official Springsteen releases is taken from the Lost In The Flood website. Info for some of the above 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) cover releases is taken from the Nebraska website.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans for or info about any official release containing 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases:

  • Georg Siegl -- Strossnkoda || CD - no label (no catalogue number) - Austria, 2002

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