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Rock Rewind: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing In the Dark”

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.

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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