Bruce recorded Jole Blon in studio with the E Street Band in early 1980 and also recorded a version as a duo with Gary U.S. Bonds which was released on Bonds' 1981 album Dedication
. The Gary U.S. Bonds and Bruce Springsteen version of Jole Blon has almost nothing in common, lyrically or musically, with the earlier Cajun versions. However, country legend Roy Acuff's version, titled "(Our Own) Jole Blon
", has lyrical similarities to the Springsteen/Bonds version. In addition to the official version that was recorded with Gary U.S. Bonds, three Bruce Springsteen studio takes of Jole Blon have been circulating among Springsteen fans via the unofficial route. These were not studio recordings in the traditional sense; they were part of extensive song rehearsal sessions with the E Street Band that took place in 1978-1980 at Telegraph Hill Studios, a make-shift studio in a converted barn at Springsteen's property on Telegraph Hill Road in Holmdel, NJ. Unfortunately the audio quality from these rehearsals at Telegraph Hill Studios leaves much to be desired; it sounds as if a single boom recording mike was used. The three circulating versions of Jole Blon from these studio rehearsals were recorded on 11 Jan 1980.
Bruce covered the song 38 times.
1981-06-05 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-07 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1981-06-08 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1981-07-02 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-03 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-05 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-06 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-08 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-09 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-18 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1981-08-04 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1981-08-12 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1981-08-17 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO
1981-08-20 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-09-08 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL
1981-09-13 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH
2016-07-31 - LETZIGRUND, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
2017-02-16 - BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
2017-02-18 - HOPE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY, AUSTRALIA
2017-02-21 - AMI STADIUM, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
1981-06-14 - HOLLYWOOD BOWL, LOS ANGELES, CA (Survival Sunday Benefit)
Fourth annual Survival Sunday anti-nuclear benefit with Jackson Browne and Gary U.S. Bonds as well as Springsteen.
1981-06-15 - OLD WALDORF, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Gary U.S. Bonds)
1981-07-11 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Clarence Clemons)
Bruce joins Clarence Clemons and his Red Bank Rockers on stage on the opening night of his new nightclub.
1982-01-05 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Lord Gunner Group)
The Lord Gunner Group was one of the Jersey Shores most popular unsigned groups. The power rock band was formed in 1974 by Lance Larson (lead vocals), Rick DeSarno (lead guitar), Stephen Rava (bass), and Ernest "Boom" Carter (drums). The group would later add John Mulrenan on organ. As the group evolved, it would include dozens of members including Vini Lopez and future Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres.
1982-04-10 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Beaver Brown)
1982-05-08 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Beaver Brown)
1982-12-31 - HARKNESS HOUSE FOR BALLET ARTS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Steve Van Zand ( wedding reception)
The wedding reception for Steven Van Zandt and his bride Maureen Santoro. The wedding itself features Percy Sledge singing "When A Man Loves A Woman" as the couple walk down the aisle. The ceremony is performed by the Reverend Richard Penniman (Little Richard). Music is supplied by Little Milton and the wedding band from The Godfather, who are joined by best man Bruce and various other guests (including Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny and the E Street Band) on the above songs at the reception.
2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
The third annual Light of Day Benefit has its third straight appearance from Springsteen. Held once again at the Tradewinds in Sea Bright, the Light of Day show brought together a host of Jersey-style rockers to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation
2003-04-29 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Hope Concert)
Billed as "The Hope Concert," the event was a benefit for Robert Bandiera Jr., son of the local band leader and guitarist Bobby Bandiera, a longtime colleague of Springsteen and Bon Jovi.