The Late Movies: "Atlantic City" Covers

Erica Palan

While researching this post, I came across a quote from Justin Townes Earle that I just loved. He said, "If you don't like Springsteen, that means you don't like Woody Guthrie and that means you don't like songs." One of my favorite songs from Bruce and the boys is "Atlantic City" and a lot of respectable musicians must agree, because it's one of the most-covered songs in popular music. Here are six great renditions.

Levon Helm Band

The Hold Steady

Hank Williams III

The Band

Eddie Vedder

Justin Townes Earle (and others)

In case you're wondering who, exactly, this "Chicken Man" is, Matt covered that a few years back:

When Bruce says that “they blew up the Chicken Man in Philly last night” in the song “Atlantic City,” what the hell is he talking about?

The Chicken Man was Phil Testa, the underboss of the Philadelphia crime family under Angelo Bruno. Bruno was killed in 1980, and Testa, who got his nickname from his involvement in a poultry business, succeeded him as don of the family. His nine-month reign ended when conspirators in the family placed a nail bomb under his porch and detonated it when he walked out the front door.