Flipping Over Best B-Sides: “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen

Another great song, discovered by flipper-overers like me.

This was the b-side to Bruce’s massive “Dancing in the Dark” single. Although “Pink Cadillac” had been bumped off “Born in the U.S.A.”, it became just as prominent as the hits from that album. And later, Natalie Cole covered it, hitting No. 5 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts. Her take was a bit startling, transforming it into a dance song. Others had hits with his songs including the Pointer Sisters with “Fire”, Patti Smith with “Because the Night”, and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band with “Blinded by the Light” (the title of a soon-to-be-released movie filled with Bruces songs).

Fun Fact: Bette Midler started performing this song before Bruce put this on the b-side, and Bruce blocked her recorded version from being released saying at the time it wasn’t a girl’s song (obviously, he changed his mind later on). Too bad, because she had a ball with it.

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