Bruce Springsteen’s 27th DJ show on SiriusXM satellite radio, titled “Going to the Chapel,” debuted September 1 on the network’s E Street Radio (channel 20). Strong in classic R&B and country, he featured music by Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Dixie Cups, Sam & Dave, The Roches, Springsteen himself (“I Wanna Marry You”, live from 2016, with a false start) and others. And as the title suggests, the songs weren’t just about love, but also about marriage.
Springsteen has also included songs about love gone bad, including Tammy Wynette’s “DIVORCE”, Bob Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away” and the Drifters’ “Mexican Divorce”.
The show was part of Springsteen’s “From My Home to Yours” series. You can see an index of all the songs played previously (with links to what he said and videos for the songs), here.
Here is today’s transcript and videos. In some cases, a version of the song may have been played that is different from what is embedded in this post.
Hello, lovers, brothers, sisters, newlyweds, divorced from sea to shining sea. Welcome to Vol. 27 of “From my house to yours”, entitled “Going to the chapel”.
“You can never tell”, Chuck Berry
“They had a HiFi phono / Boy, did they let it explode / Seven hundred little records / All rock, rhythm and jazz / But when the sun went down / The fast tempo of the music fell / ‘C’ is life ‘”-” Such is life “-” Tell the old folks / It shows you can never say it. ” Our master American storyteller, our rock’n’roll Mark Twain, the genius of Chuck Berry with “You Never Can Tell”.
And this is Major Lance.
“I’m going to get married”, Major Lance
“I’m getting married.” It was Major Lance, of Winterville, Mississippi, a Northern Soul pioneer, father of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. He was one of 12 kids he attended Wells High School with Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler – what a class! – in Chicago. “The hour of the monkeys”. “Hello little girl.” “Um, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh. All written by Curtis Mayfield and carrying a singular sound and rhythm that was a signature of Mayfield’s music. What a beautiful groove on these records.
This is Lloyd Price, with “I’m going to get married”.
“I’m going to get married”, Lloyd Price
“Chapel of love”, the Dixie Cups
The Dixie Cups, featuring one of the most classic wedding songs of all time, “Chapel of Love”. Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector. Originally recorded by Darlene Love, but turned into a hit that spent three weeks at No.1 in the Dixie Cups in 1964, knocking the Beatles out of the top spot on the charts. And it was not easy to do.
Upcoming, “I Wanna Marry You”, live from The River Tour.
“I Wanna Marry You”, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (live, 01/27/16, New York)
It was “I want to marry you”, written for River in a Ben E. King vocal style via Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones, borrowing a bit of soul, mixing it with a bit of doo wop, and sequenced on the album just before “The River”. It was about rubbing shoulders with “The River” and highlighting the contradictions of the two songs, and of the marriage itself. One, a utopian dream. And one, social realism. They created a tension and conflict that were at the center of the River album, really the first album where I wrote about the relationship between men and women.
Here is The Drifters, with “Mexican Divorce”.
“Mexican Divorce”, The Drifters
“I threw it all away”, Bob Dylan
It was Bob Dylan, with “I Threw It All Away”. And oh yeah, we did, a few times. From the beautiful album, Nashville skyline. One of the most playable albums in Bob’s incredible record stable.
This is The Roches, with a really good song, one of my favorites, “The Married Men”.
“Married men”, Les Roches
And that, “Married Men”, is one of a kind. There is no other song dealing with the ins and outs (and) of the complications of marriage, anything like this. Great song, I think written by Maggie Roche, if I’m not mistaken. I’m not sure about that. But they were amazing songwriters and an amazing vocal group. Truly the kind of voice that can only come from blood. The Beach Boys have it too, of course. The Everly Brothers had it too, of course. It’s just a unique feature of genetics, the way these voices blend together.
And now Tammy Wynette is singing something she knows a little bit about. “DIVORCED.”
“DIVORCE”, Tammy Wynette
“On the other hand,” Randy Travis
And that was the fabulous “On the Other Hand” by Randy Travis. Singer of 16 singles No. 1 on the Billboard country charts. He was born in Marshville, North Carolina, had a somewhat troubled youth – and adulthood – but generally improved and devoted himself to his music and was just one of the finest voice from a certain part of the country that was sort of, a little bit post-traditional and yet certainly pre-modern country that we hear today. And “On the Other Hand”, what a beautiful song. What a great, great song.
Here are my friends John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, with a Buddy Holly-ish cut called “The Customary Thing”.
“Customary Thing”, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Group
It was John Cafferty. Now here is “I knew the bride”. Come on, Dave!
“I knew the bride”, Dave Edmunds
It was Dave Edmunds, of course, with “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ‘n’ Roll)”.
“Stand by your man’s side,” Tammy Wynette
This is the classic Tammy Wynette. Women, support your man, and men, support your wife.
“When something’s wrong with my baby”, Sam & Dave
Yeah, that was Sam and Dave, back when they were talking to each other, with “When something’s wrong with my baby (something’s wrong with me)”. I saw them play that, live in Philadelphia. Also at the Satellite Lounge in Fort Dix, NJ And at The Fastlane: That’s right, The Fastlane in Asbury Park. I saw Sam and Dave three times while they were still playing together. And, literally, every time, they made me cry. And certainly with this song. They were just one of the most powerful and incredible duos of all time. And when I saw them at The Fastlane, it was heartbreaking, because there was a relatively small crowd there, and they just sang their hearts out. And I can tell you that I was standing at the back of the room and crying seeing this big, big, big talent, later in the day of their performance together, bringing, really, a very small audience, and it was so undeserved, and they were so epic and so deep that it touched me incredibly deeply.
And that says it all. Almost. Here is Charlie Rich, with “Life has its ups and downs”.
“The little ups and downs of life”, Charlie Rich
And that’s about our show today. I want you to stay hard, to stay hungry, to stay alive and to stay in love. Go in peace.
“I can’t help but fall in love”, Elvis Presley
Springsteen has been doing “From My House to Yours” shows since April 2020. Click here for an index of all the songs played in the series, as well as links to videos for the songs and transcripts from each show.
The shows lasted from about 45 minutes to about two hours each, with rehearsals and on-demand availability after the first broadcasts. Reruns of “Going to the Chapel” will take place on September 1 at 6 pm, September 2 at noon, September 3 at 6 am and 4 pm, September 4 at 2 pm, September 5 at 10 pm and 6 at 7 am and midnight.
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