Pointer Sisters : Fire
Bruce Springsteen may have written "Fire" for Elvis Presley and Robert Gordon may have recorded it first, but it was The Pointer Sisters who scored a US#2 hit with the tune, their first Gold single. It was released in October of 1978. If you're keeping score, Manfred Mann's Earth Band hit US#1 with "Blinded By the Light", a Springsteen song; the Sisters hit US#2, and Patti Smith hit US#13 with Springsteen's "Because the Night". The Boss has so far only peaked at US#23 with "Born to Run".
Bruce had recorded "Fire" for Darkness on the Edge of Town, one of more than 50 songs for the album but when he trimmed the songs down to those that fit thematically, "Fire" was out. On tour in '78, Springsteen played fiery versions of both "Fire" and "Because the Night". So there.
The next time he wrote a song for somebody else, it was a little tune called "Hungry Heart" for The Ramones. This time Jon Landau convinced Bruce to keep it for himself. Good call. "Hungry Heart" hit US#5 in 1980.
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