Gary U.S. BondsĀ  - Quarter to Three

First performance: 04/10/1974


Bruce performed the song 214 times:
Most of the time he used the song to close the show.
2014-05-17 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
2012-08-29 Vernon Downs Raceway, Vernon, NY
2012-08-15 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
2009-07-28 Estadio Olimpico De La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
2008-08-18 Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
2003-10-04 Shea Stadium, New York City, NY
2003-04-29 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
2002-11-02 Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ
1988-07-03 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1981-09-14 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1981-09-11 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1981-09-02 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
1981-08-28 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-06-15 Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA
1980-10-09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
1979-09-22 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1979-01-11 Lock Stock And Barrel, Fair Haven, NJ
A private 37th birthday party for Clarence Clemons, with Springsteen and the entire E Street Band (except for Steven Van Zandt) attending and performing a rollicking set of classics for the invitation-only gathering of close friends and family. Clarence’s pre-E Street band compatriot, Norman Seldin, was playing an extended residency at the club at the time and both Clarence and Garry Tallent had made guest appearances with Seldin at the club the previous week. The above-mentioned setlist is incomplete and not necessarily in the correct performing sequence – there were many other songs performed, although no Springsteen compositions. Apparently Bruce took the lead or co-lead vocal on the under- mentioned titles.
1979-01-01 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1978-12-31 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1978-12-30 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
1978-12-28 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
1978-12-27 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
1978-12-20 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA
1978-12-19 Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR
1978-12-16 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
1978-12-15 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
1978-12-13 Tucson Community Center Arena, Tucson, AZ
1978-12-09 Dallas Convention Center Arena, Dallas, TX
1978-12-08 Summit (The), Houston, TX
1978-12-07 Special Events Center, Austin, TX
1978-12-05 LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
1978-12-03 SIU Arena, Carbondale, IL
1978-12-01 Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK
1978-11-29 St. Paul Civic Center, Saint Paul, MN
1978-11-25 Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
1978-11-21 McGaw Hall, Evanston, IL
1978-11-20 Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL
1978-11-18 Millett Hall, Oxford, OH
1978-11-17 Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, MI
1978-11-16 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON
1978-11-14 Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
1978-11-12 RPI Field House, Troy, NY
1978-11-10 Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure, NY
1978-11-08 Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC
1978-11-07 Barton Hall, Ithaca, NY
1978-11-04 Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington, VT
1978-11-02 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1978-11-01 Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ
1978-10-01 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
1978-09-25 Boston Garden, Boston, MA
1978-09-21 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
1978-09-17 Palladium, New York City, NY
1978-09-15 Palladium, New York City, NY
1978-09-13 Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, MA
1978-09-12 Onondaga County War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, NY
1978-09-10 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1978-09-09 Athletic & Convocation Center, South Bend, IN
1978-09-06 Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
1978-09-05 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH
1978-09-03 Saginaw Civic Center, Saginaw, MI
1978-09-01 Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, MI
1978-08-30 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1978-08-29 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
1978-08-28 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
1978-08-26 Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
1978-08-25 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT
1978-08-23 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1978-08-22 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1978-08-21 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1978-08-19 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1978-08-18 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1978-08-15 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1978-08-14 Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
1978-08-12 Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME
1978-08-10 Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
1978-08-05 Louisville Gardens, Louisville, KY
1978-08-04 Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV
1978-08-02 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
1978-08-01 Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, SC
1978-07-31 Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC
1978-07-29 Bayfront Center Arena, St. Petersburg, FL
1978-07-28 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
1978-07-18 Jackson Municipal Auditorium, Jackson, MS
1978-07-16 Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA
1978-07-15 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX
1978-07-14 San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX
1978-07-12 Dallas Convention Center Theater, Dallas, TX
1978-07-09 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
1978-07-08 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ
1978-07-05 Forum (The), Inglewood, CA
1978-07-01 Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
1978-06-30 Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
1978-06-26 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
1978-06-25 Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, WA
1978-06-24 Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR
1978-06-20 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
1978-06-17 Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO
1978-06-16 Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS
1978-06-14 Civic Auditorium Music Hall, Omaha, NE
1978-06-13 Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA
1978-06-10 Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN
1978-06-09 Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, WI
1978-06-08 Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI
1978-06-06 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
1978-06-05 Sports Arena, Toledo, OH
1978-06-03 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1978-05-31 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1977-12-31 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
1977-03-25 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1977-03-24 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1977-03-23 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1977-03-22 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1977-03-19 Central Maine Youth Center, Lewiston, ME
1977-03-18 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT
1977-03-15 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY
1977-03-14 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
1977-03-13 Towson Center, Towson, MD
1977-03-11 Gymnasium, Latrobe, PA
1977-03-10 Sports Arena, Toledo, OH
1977-03-06 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
1977-03-05 Jai-Alai Fronton, Orlando, FL
1977-03-04 Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, FL
1977-03-02 Civic Center Auditorium, Atlanta, GA
1977-02-28 Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
1977-02-27 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1977-02-26 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
1977-02-25 Edward C. Elliott Hall Of Music, West Lafayette, IN
1977-02-23 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
1977-02-22 Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI
1977-02-19 St. Paul Civic Center Theatre, Saint Paul, MN
1977-02-17 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1977-02-10 Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
1976-10-29 Palladium, New York City, NY
1976-10-22 Hanger (The), Hazlet, NJ
A discreet Springsteen turns up (apparently as just another paying customer) at a gig by one of his early '60s musical favourites, Gary U.S. Bonds. About half way through the show Bruce takes the stage, borrows a guitar and provides duet-background vocals for the rest of the show. According to Bonds, Bruce played for nearly an hour. This was the first time Springsteen and Bonds had ever met. Afterwards Springsteen invites Bonds to guest at his show on October 29. In an early 1980s interview Bonds commented: "I was playing down along the Jersey shore. One night the owner of the club came over to me during the show and mentioned that Bruce Springsteen was in the audience and wanted to come up and play. Bruce who? I didn't recognize the name! But the guys in my band did, so I said OK. When I introduced him the place went crazy… and I'm saying to myself, ‘gee, what on earth is happening here'? After the show Bruce gave me an invitation and about a week or so later I sang during one of his shows".

1976-08-07 Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
1976-05-10 Municipal Auditorium Theater, Mobile, AL
1976-04-24 Varsity Gymnasium, Boone, NC
1976-04-20 Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, TN
1976-04-17 Louis A. Alexander Palestra, Rochester, NY
1976-04-15 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA
1976-04-13 Rec Hall, University Park, PA
1976-04-09 Reid Athletic Center, Hamilton, NY
1976-04-07 Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OH
1976-04-05 Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH
1976-04-04 MSU Auditorium, East Lansing, MI
1976-03-28 Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
1976-03-26 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
1975-12-31 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA
1975-12-30 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA
1975-12-28 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA
1975-12-27 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA
1975-12-21 Seneca Field House, Toronto, ON
1975-12-20 National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
1975-12-19 Théâtre Maisonneuve, Montreal, QC
1975-12-17 Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
1975-12-16 Laker Hall Gym, Oswego, NY
1975-12-12 Post Dome, Greenvale, NY
1975-12-11 Walsh Auditorium, South Orange, NJ
1975-12-10 Davis Gym, Lewisburg, PA
1975-12-06 McDonough Arena, Washington, DC
1975-12-05 McDonough Arena, Washington, DC
1975-12-03 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1975-12-02 Music Hall, Boston, MA
1975-11-24 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1975-11-23 Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1975-11-21 Stockholms Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
1975-11-18 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1975-11-11 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
1975-11-10 Jai Alai Fronton, Tampa, FL
1975-10-31 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
1975-10-29 Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA
1975-10-26 Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, WA
1975-10-19 Roxy Theatre (The), West Hollywood, CA
1975-10-18 Roxy Theatre (The), West Hollywood, CA (Late)
1975-10-11 Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ (Late)
1975-10-04 Michigan Palace, Detroit, MI
1975-10-02 Uptown Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
1975-09-30 Civic Auditorium Music Hall, Omaha, NE
1975-09-28 Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS
1975-09-26 Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA
1975-09-25 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
1975-09-23 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
1975-09-21 Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
1975-09-20 Darby Gymnasium, Grinnell, IA
1975-09-16 Dallas Convention Center Theater, Dallas, TX
1975-09-14 Music Hall, Houston, TX
1975-09-13 Music Hall, Houston, TX
1975-09-12 Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TX
1975-09-06 Theatre Of Performing Arts, New Orleans, LA
1975-08-17 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Late)
1975-08-17 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Early)
1975-08-16 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Early)
1975-08-15 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Late)
1975-08-15 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Early)
1975-08-14 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Early)
1975-08-13 Bottom Line (The), New York City, NY (Late)
1975-08-08 Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, OH
1975-08-01 Mosque (The), Richmond, VA
1975-07-30 Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DC
1975-07-26 Keystone Hall, Kutztown, PA
1975-07-23 Music Inn (The), Stockbridge, MA
1975-07-22 Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NY
1975-07-20 Palace Concert Theater, Providence, RI
1975-03-08 DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
1975-02-23 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY
1975-02-19 University Auditorium, University Park, PA
1974-12-08 Burlington Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT
1974-12-07 Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NY
1974-12-06 State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ
1974-11-29 War Memorial, Trenton, NJ
1974-11-17 Memorial Gymnasium, Charlottesville, VA
1974-11-16 Leonard Gym, Washington, DC

1974-10-04 Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, NY 
One show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole artist on the bill. First confirmed performance of "She's The One", an early version containing some lyrics that would end up in "Backstreets". This is the E Street Band debut of violinist Suki Lahav, who has stated that her performance this night was originally intended to be a one-off except that it was so well received by the audience that Bruce asked her to continue. Suki didn't perform at the following two gigs at Albright and Clark but thereafter was a fixture in every show until the end of the tour. "The E Street Shuffle" includes "Having A Party". "Lost In The Flood" features an extended piano and clarinet introduction that is highly reminiscent of the instrumental later found between late 1975 and March 1977 at the beginning of "It's My Life". "A Love So Fine" includes a snippet of "Shout"; this is the first known performance with the "a love so fine" chorus. Chaos reigned near the end of this show and a Brucebase reader who attended explains why: "My wife and I were in front of the stage during "Quarter To Three" when the first two rows of seats next to us just disappeared, the left side of the stage and first couple of rows fell about six feet. A couple of monitors fell in where the people were seated but it didn't appear that anyone got hurt. The encore was abruptly ended however". For this concert we are fortunate to have two unique items; handwritten setlists penned not by Bruce, but by Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. Prior to every show Bruce would compose his setlist in the green room, just as he does today. Rather than make copies, the band would then copy his setlist in order to have it in their own handwriting. Usually these setlist copies would be made on a small memo pad and disappear by the end of the show, however Avery Fisher Hall had their own music stands, and so the setlists were written on larger sheets of paper. These two pages were picked up in the green room after the show by Art Reilly, a member of Springsteen's lighting crew. Several interesting nuggets of information can be gleaned from these setlists. First of all, Springsteen seemed to be just as likely to keep to his list in 1974 as he does today: "The E Street Shuffle" was listed after "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" and "Born To Run" was dropped from it's slot after "She's The One". According to the setlist, "Night" follows "Jungleland". Written in shorthand, this actually refers to "A Night Like This", the earlier/alternate title for "A Love So Fine". See the listings from Kean College and The Main Point for more detail. The most notable song however is the listed closer, The Cookies' "On Broadway", which Springsteen intended to play after "Quarter To Three" - hardly surprising given Avery Fisher Hall's close proximity to Broadway. Unfortunately the front section of the stage collapsed before he got a chance. We have no record of Springsteen ever playing "On Broadway".  
1973-03-24 Student Center, Lewiston, NY
Different attendees at this show recall some highly surprising setlist possibilities: "Kitty's Back", "Quarter To Three", the Beatles' "Come Together", and even an encore of the Cascades' "Rhythm Of The Rain". Given the surprising nature of these song choices given the relevant recording and performance histories, Brucebase excluded them from the setlist listing pending further confirmation.
One show, double bill, with Bruce and the boys headlining and local country-rock group Old Salt opening. Held indoors in the 350-seat Student Center. The show was not a sellout, with a reported 300 tickets sold. Given Springsteen was a virtual unknown at the time, this gig at Niagara received an unprecedented amount of pre and post concert press coverage in the school's modest campus newspaper, all articles written by students. The student who orchestrated this event (Kerry McNamara) was obviously a serious Bruce fan. A student reporter even seems to have travelled south to get a brief but fascinating interview with Bruce a couple of weeks before this show. In this interview Bruce mentions he is now playing "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", including "Fun, Fun, Fun", as a special encore (a tape exists of it from February 14 at VCU). In addition Bruce mentions "Ring Of Fire" and the instrumental "Apache" as two cover songs he's been incorporating into his recent shows. Interestingly it is also revealed that this gig had originally been planned for March 2 but had been rescheduled to March 24 because of the West Coast tour with Paul Butterfield's Better Days. This seems to have been an intimate, inspired crowd that elicited an equally inspired performance. Bruce even donned his legendary Elvis t-shirt at this show, a guarantee of a special evening! After Old Salt opened with a 60-minute set, Springsteen performed a 120-minute show with no intermission, including a triple encore. As reported in the reviews of the show that followed, Bruce opened with two (unnamed in print) acoustic numbers (accompanied by Clarence on the first and Danny on the second) and then brought out the entire band. The final song in the main set was "Thundercrack". The first encore was "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (including "Fun, Fun, Fun") and the second encore was "Twist And Shout". The title of the third encore is not mentioned. This is the longest verified Band performance up to this point and one of the very few two-hour shows Bruce did in 1973. 


"Quarter to Three" is a song, adapted and expanded from "A Night with Daddy 'G' – Part 1" (Legrand LEG 1004), an instrumental by the Church Street Five, which was written by Gene Barge, Frank Guida and Joseph Royster, and sung by Gary U.S. Bonds. The song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on June 26, 1961, and remained there for two weeks. The single, which is augmented by cheers and claps and exciting spoken dialogue like "One more time", was recorded with very rough sound quality (compared to other records at the time). Producer Frank Guida has been quoted on subsequent CD reissues that his production sound was exactly what he wanted it to sound like. Noted British producer and columnist Jack Good felt compelled to devote his entire Disc magazine column to praising the "fuzzy, muzzy, and distorted" sound of the U.S. Bonds hit release. The article was subtitled "This record could never have been made in Britain". There have been books written, such as those of the series Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock N' Roll by Norm N. Nite, that have stated that this record was recorded "accidentally" (that no one knew the tape recorder was on at a session). Dion DiMucci stated that "Quarter to Three" was the inspiration for his hit "Runaround Sue"

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce on Gary U.S. Bonds :

Gary U.S.Bonds was one of Bruce’s 25 all time hero’s : RollingStone 
"No musician on earth was less cool in 1981 than Gary U.S. Bonds. It had been 20 years since the dance classic "Quarter to Three" fell off the charts and the singer had been largely forgotten. But Bruce Springsteen knew the guy had more life in him, and together with Steve Van Zandt he wrote and produced the LP Dedication for Bonds. It was an amazing labor of love that introduced Bonds to a whole new generation of rock fans. They remain close and in 2012 Bonds sat in with the E Street Band at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.  "

Bruce helped Gary U.S.Bonds improving his carrier with producing the album "Dedication" and "On the line". 
  • Dedication 
An album released by Gary U.S. Bonds in 1981, the first of two on which he collaborated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the second being On the Line, released the following year, 1982. The musicians accompanying Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band and the Asbury Jukes.The album includes three songs written by Bruce Springsteen, one written by Steve Van Zandt, and several covers of songs from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and others. It also features a duet between Bonds and Springsteen on the track "Jole Blon". Bonds' early 1960s sound had been a major influence on both Springsteen and Van Zandt. The songs written by Springsteen, including the cover of "Jole Blon", were originally intended for his 1980 album, The River, but he felt they fitted better with Bonds and his versions of them have never been released although he has performed most of them live, often featuring Bonds as a special guest. The album produced several singles. The Springsteen-penned "This Little Girl" was a major success. The album was re-released in 1994 on the Razor Edge label of Razor & Tie music, and then again in 2009 on BGO Records, paired with On the Line. In a 2016 career retrospective interview with Pods & Sods, Gary revealed that a few additional songs and outtakes recorded during this time may eventually be released.

  • On the line
On the Line is an album released by Gary U.S. Bonds in 1982, the second of two on which he collaborated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the first being Dedication, released the previous year, 1981. The musicians accompanying Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band. The album includes seven songs written by Springsteen, one written by Steven Van Zandt, and two written by Bonds himself . Three other songs were recorded for the album but not present on the final release including Springsteen's "Action In the Street", "Lion's Den", and "Savin' Up". Springsteen's version of "Lion's Den" was eventually released in 1998 on his boxset Tracks and "Savin' Up" appeared on Clarence Clemons' first solo album Rescue (1983); " Springsteen's version of "Rendezvous" was finally released in 1998 on the four-disc box set. 
Interview with Gary U.S.Bonds about his autobiography : "That's My Story" by Gary U.S. Bonds and Stephen Cooper. 


A one, a two, a one, two, three, hop
Come on! Get on!
Don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.?
He was swingin' on the sax with the girls of blue
And I was dancin' all over the room
People were dancin' like they were mad
Swingin' best band they ever had
Swingin' best song that could ever be
A night with Daddy G.
Let me tell you, now
I never had it so good
Yeah, and I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five

Don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
Everybody was as happy as they could be
Swingin' with Daddy G.
Blow, daddy! Yeah!...
Let me tell you, now
I never had it so good
I know you never could
Until you get hip with that jive
And take a band like the Church Street Five
Oh, don't you know that I danced
I danced till a quarter to three
With the help, last night, of Daddy G.
Oh, everybody was as happy as they could be
Swingin' with Daddy G.
Blow, daddy!...