This week, Bruce Springsteen made news once again during the pre-Grammy festivities, as he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year for his commitment to philanthropy—complete with a star-studded gala event in his honor. In the same spirit, I thought his hit “Dancing In the Dark” was a fitting pick for this week’s Rewind.
The Boss’s list of charting hits is too long to list here, but somehow “Dancing In the Dark” with its signature synth riffs has turned out to be one of his all-time top hits, and certainly one of his most recognizable. Released in 1984 as the lead single for Born In the U.S.A., it spent an entire month at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and won Springsteen his first Grammy (best Rock Vocal Performance).
Watch for a key moment in the video below, a familiar face in the crowd—a young girl whom Springsteen eyes from the stage, eventually bringing her onstage to dance during the sax solo. Did you do a double take? Do you recognize her? (Answer below the video…)
Well, who was that girl? Yep—it’s a young, short-haired Courtney Cox, before she achieved stardom on the sitcoms Family Ties and Friends.