Elvis Presley - GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

First performance: 19/08/1978


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 24 times , mostly during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.  
 
  • Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (17 times)
  • mostly as opener of the shows, shouting : "I got one question ..just one now...have you heard the news? there’s good rocking tonight..." 
 
1978-08-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1978-08-25 - NEW HAVEN VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, NEW HAVEN, CT
1978-08-28 - STANLEY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA
1978-08-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1978-09-01 - MASONIC TEMPLE THEATRE, DETROIT, MI
1978-09-03 - SAGINAW CIVIC CENTER, SAGINAW, MI
1978-09-06 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1978-09-20 - CAPITOL THEATRE, PASSAIC, NJ
1978-09-25 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MA
1978-09-30 - FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA, GA
1978-12-09 - DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER ARENA, DALLAS, TX
1978-12-13 - TUCSON COMMUNITY CENTER ARENA, TUCSON, AZ
1978-12-16 - WINTERLAND BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1978-12-19 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, PORTLAND, OR
1978-12-31 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
 
  • The river tour (4times) 
1980-10-11 - UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
1980-10-18 - KIEL OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS, MO
1980-10-28 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA
1981-02-16 - LAKELAND CIVIC CENTER, LAKELAND, FL
 
  • Magic Tour (1 time)  
 
  • Working on a dream tour (1time) 
2009-04-01 - HP PAVILION AT SAN JOSE, SAN JOSE, CA
 
  • Wrecking ball tour (1 time)
 
  • Off-Tour  
1979-06-03 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (Marc Brickman wedding reception) 
Wedding of Marc Brickman to June Rudley, Bruce's lighting director and travel agent respectively. Springsteen and members of the band join Rickie Lee Jones and Boz Scaggs for a three hour celebration at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. They play for three hours, a mixture of classic covers and Springsteen originals.  
 

Songinfo

"Good Rocking Tonight" was originally a jump blues song released in 1947 by its writer, Roy Brown and was covered by many recording artists. The song includes the memorable refrain, "Well I heard the news, there's good rocking tonight!" Brown had first offered his song to Wynonie Harris, who first turned it down. He then approached Cecil Gant later that night, but after hearing Brown sing, Gant made a 2:30 AM phone call to Jules Braun, the president of DeLuxe Records. After Roy Brown sang his song over the phone, Braun asked Brown to sing it a second time. He then told Gant, "Give him fifty dollars and don't let him out of your sight." Five weeks later, Brown recorded the song for DeLuxe Records. Only after Brown's record had gained traction in New Orleans did Harris decide to cover it. Harris's version was even more energetic than Brown's original version, featuring black gospel style handclapping. The song has also been credited with being the most successful record to that point to use the word "rock" not as a euphemism for sex, but as a descriptive for the musical style, a connection which would become even clearer in 1954 when a version of "Good Rockin' Tonight" became Elvis Presley's second-ever single. 
 
 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Whenever he could, Bruce would mention the enormous influence, Elvis had on him and on his music. Elvis is the most covered artist by Bruce (23 times) together with Chuck Berry, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan. The Influence of Elvis on Bruce, is described in a documentary compiled from previously existing footage by Dennis P. Laverty, a former Old Bridge resident who now lives in Staten Island (and who calls Springsteen and Elvis Presley "my two favorite rock stars". He used concert footage and previously released interview segments with Springsteen and various rock experts to show just how important Elvis Presley was to Springsteen.
 
 
 

"It's a cliché story, but watching Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show changed Bruce Springsteen's entire life. "It was the evening I realized a white man could make magic," he said in 2012, "that you did not have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you. You could call upon your own powers of imagination, and you could create a transformative self." He urged his mother to buy him a guitar after that, and in 1976 he went to Graceland after a Memphis show and even hopped the fence in a failed effort to meet the King himself. Elvis died during the recording of Darkness on the Edge of Town, right as Springsteen was hoping the King would cover his new song "Fire." Springsteen channeled his sorrow into "Come On (Let's Go Tonight)," which later morphed into "Factory."

keynote speech :

"In the beginning, every musician has their genesis moment. For you, it might have been the Sex Pistols, or Madonna, or Public Enemy. It's whatever initially inspires you to action. Mine was 1956, Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was the evening I realized a white man could make magic, that you did not have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you. You could call upon your own powers of imagination, and you could create a transformative self. A certain type of transformative self, that perhaps at any other moment in American History, might have seemed difficult, if not impossible. And I always tell my kids that they were lucky to be born in the age of reproducible technology, otherwise they'd be traveling in the back of a wagon and I'd be wearing a jester's hat. It's all about timing. The advent of television and its dissemination of visual information changed the world in the fifties the way the internet has over the past twenty years. Remember, it wasn't just the way Elvis looked, it was the way he moved that made people crazy, pissed off, driven to screaming ecstasy, and profane revulsion. That was television. When they made an attempt to censor him from the waist down, it was because of what you could see happening in his pants. Elvis was the first modern Twentieth Century man, the precursor of the Sexual Revolution, of the Civil Rights Revolution, drawn from the same Memphis as Martin Luther King, creating fundamental, outsider art that would be embraced by a mainstream popular culture. Television and Elvis gave us full access to a new language, a new form of communication, a new way of being, a new way of looking, a new way of thinking; about sex, about race, about identity, about life; a new way of being an American, a human being; and a new way of hearing music. Once Elvis came across the airwaves, once he was heard and seen in action, you could not put the genie back in the bottle. After that moment, there was yesterday, and there was today, and there was a red hot, rockabilly forging of a new tomorrow, before your very eyes."
 

Lyrics

Well I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Oh I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight she'll know I'm a mighty, mighty man
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Oh yes I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Oh I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight she'll know I'm a mighty, mighty man
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Oh meet me in a hurry behind the barn
Don't be afraid I'll do you no harm
I want you to bring my rocking shoes
'Cause tonight I'm gonna rock away all my blues
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Oh yes I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Oh I'll hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight she'll know I'm a mighty, mighty man
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Well Deacon Jones and Melville Brown
Two of the slickest cats in town
They'll be there, just a wait and see
Stomping and jumping at the jamboree
Ah hey man, there's a good rockin' tonight

Well sweet Lorraine, Sioux City Sue
Sweet Georgia Brown, Caldonia too
They'll all be there shouting like mad
Hoy sister, hoy sister, ain't you glad
We heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Oh yes, we'll rock tonight
Hey hey, we'll rock tonight
Hoy hoy, we'll rock tonight
Hey hey, we'll rock tonight
I heard the news, there's a good rockin' tonight