Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show celebrates the spirit of radio over on CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noisemakers and the ground-breakers in a segment that we like to call: Nod to the Gods.
It's a song of forbidden love on a record that's only seven songs long. That record, The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle, turned 40 this week, expanding the folk-rock approach that Springsteen had embarked on with his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., which was released only eight months earlier. At the time, his chief musical lieutenant was keyboardist David Sancious (according to the lore, Sancious's mother lived on the band's namesake E Street), and behind the drum set was Vini Lopez, whose frantic sound was the perfect accompaniment for Bruce's poetic suburban visions.
The record introduced the Boss's fans to more than a few characters: Little Angel, Sandy, Loverboy out on the Kokomo, Kitty, Jack Knife, Puerto Rican Jane — you get the idea. Oh, and of course, there's Rosalita, the object of the singer's affection whose parents disapprove of his rock 'n' roll ways.
"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" was the go-to closer for Bruce and the E Street Band for the first ten years of their touring career, becoming a fan favourite. When the track was eventually dropped from the band's setlists, fans launched a campaign for the song by holding banners and posters that read, "Let Rosie Come Out Tonight!"
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