It was one of the best musical thingies to ever come out of Baltimore, and I'm not talking about Cisqo's Thong Song. I'm talkin' Bedrock meets Springsteen meets Baseball. I'm talkin' Take Me Out To The Ballgame, the Bruce Springstone version. Craig Hankin, one of the band members who recorded the novelty song in 1982, says the Springstone version has been listed in Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson and Tim Wiles (Hal Leonard Books) and the song is included in a CD accompanying the book. The B-side of Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock was named one of 16 "rare and classic" renditions of the 100-year-old Take Me Out To The Ballgame.
Bruce Springstone was created in the spring of 1982 by Hankin, director of Hopkins' Homewood Art Workshops, and writer/cartoonist/activist Tom Chalkley. Springstone's single, Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock, was released in September '82 by Clean Cuts Records. The A-side features "Bedrock Rap/Meet the Flintstones," a parody of Bruce Springsteen singing the Flintstones theme; the B-side is the Springsteenesque arrangement of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Chalkley does the amazing lead vocals, Hankin plays rhythm guitar. Other musicians: John Ebersberger (drums), Ron Holloway (saxophone), Tommy Keene (lead guitar), Suzy Shaw (keyboards) and Gabor Lutor (bass). Hankin and Chalkley wrote the arrangements. Jack Heyrman produced the record which was engineered by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Studios in Rockville. Chalkley and Ebersberger did the cover art.
Live at Bedrock has been played on hundreds of radio stations in the U.S. and 14 foreign countries. The two tracks have aired on network, cable and syndicated television programs. Both tracks are still in print on Rhino Records: "Bedrock Rap/Flintstones" on Dr. Demento's Greatest Novelty Records of All Time and Ball Game on Baseball's Greatest Hits (audio & video formats). In addition to being aired at nearly every major and minor league stadium in America, Ball Game was included in the 1995-96 Guinness Book of Sports Records for Longest Continuous Airplay of a Sports-Related Song (57,161 plays).