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Sep. 14, 2004
Fred Baldassaro, 202-513-2304

NPR Presents National Broadcast Premiere of the Earliest Bruce Springsteen Recording

Rare glimpse of The Boss from 1967 to air Thursday, September 16

WASHINGTON, DC - A rare recording of Bruce Springsteen makes its broadcast debut this Thursday on NPR's All Things Considered. The tape, believed to be the earliest known recording of the rock and roll singer, was made six years before The Boss' first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., and eight years before his hit, Born to Run. At the time, Springsteen was an 18 year-old high school student performing with The Castiles.

As part of an exclusive radio interview with NPR member station WKSU, reporter Mark Urycki talked to Fred Coleman, a retired Episcopal priest who booked Springsteen in 1967 to play two shows at the Left Foot, a teen recreational center in Freehold, New Jersey. Coleman recorded the two shows on reel-to-reel tape. They feature Sprinsgteen singing lead on several songs, including a cover of Donovan's "Catch the Wind."

The Springsteen tapes, which have been sitting in Coleman's closet for the last 30 years, will be heard for the first time on Thursday, September 16 on NPR member stations throughout the country.

An extended version of this story, along with songs and photographs, will be available following Thursday's broadcast at NPR's Web site,

Visit to find local station listings and times for All Things Considered, which airs on more than 600 public radio stations nationwide, afternoons from 4-6 p.m. in many cities. All Things Considered is the third most listened-to radio program in the country, with more than 11.7 million listeners a week.

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