The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

Spring 1972

The Bruce Springsteen Band in various formations continue to play gigs in New Jersey and Virginia before they too are disassembled. Bruce instead decides to play solo gigs in New York City cafes. It is around this time Bruce meets Mike Appel, who soon becomes his manager.

May 2 1972

Mike Appel takes Bruce to see Columbia talent scout, John Hammond, who discovered Bob Dylan, Bessie Smith, et al. Bruce plays a short set for him in his office, and Hammond is so impressed that he organizes a real audition that same night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia hotshots. The audition is a success and Columbia agrees on making a record contract.

May 3 1972

Bruce records the famous Hammond Demos at the CBS Studios in New York. It is Bruce alone in the studio with a guitar and a piano, and John Hammond himself at the mixing board. Four of the songs, "Mary Queen of Arkansas", "Saint in the City", Growin' Up" and "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?" are later released on Tracks.

Summer 1972

Bruce and a hastily assembled band consisting mainly of Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, Clarence Clemons, and David Sancious record Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ.

November 12 1972

According to Backstreets: the Man and His Music, this night sees the first show ever with the E Street Band. In addition to the above-mentioned people who recorded the Greetings album (minus David Sancious who won't join until June 1973), the band includes Danny Federici.