Monday, June 28, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Pink Cadillac' by Natalie Cole


This one came on MTV Classic the other day and it led me to either learn -- or perhaps remember:

1. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen and his best-known version was recorded during "Born in the U.S.A." sessions but was left off the album. Instead, it was used as the b-side for "Dancing in the Dark." (The song received moderate airplay on album-oriented rock radio and appeared on the Billboard Top Tracks chart for 14 weeks, peaking at No. 27.) The song was also a prominent concert number during Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." tour.

2. Bette Midler had recorded the original gender flip cover in 1983, but The Boss refused to let her release it because he felt it wasn't a "girl's song." According to the Midler biography "Still Divine" by Mark Bego, Midler was severely disappointed by Springsteen's veto, which forced her to record a new track ("Beast of Burden") for "No Frills" at considerable expense. Midler's August 1984 video release "Art or Bust" video -- comprising footage from the two "De Tour" concerts at the University of Minnesota -- included "Pink Cadillac" as the opening number.

3. At some point Bruce decided to let the song be covered, and according to Cole, "word got back" to her that he "thought it was very cool that a woman could [sing "Pink Cadillac"] and it would come out so great." Cole's version drove to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988.

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