Timing is everything. When [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] scored an interview with legendary Columbia Records talent scout [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Hammond[/lastfm] on May 2, 1972, he went from musician to icon.
He already was known and had built a name for himself as a prolific songwriter and as an intense performer in his home state of New Jersey. Springsteen’s manager, Mike Appel, asked Hammond listen to The Boss’ music.
According to Dave Marsh’s biography Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts, Bruce came to know Hammond’s name virtually by accident. He had recently read a biography of Bob Dylan that explained how the folk legend scored his first record deal after an audition with Hammond. Springsteen also remembered Hammond’s portrayal in the film The Benny Goodman Story.
In “Two Hearts,” Hammond says he knew that Springsteen was going to be an icon after hearing just one song.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Hammond says. “I reacted with a force I’ve felt maybe three times in my life. I knew at once that he would last a generation.”