Saxophonist Eddie “Kingfish” Manion, one of the unsung heroes of the Shore rock scene, will celebrate his 64th birthday with a show, titled “Now I’m 64,” Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park.
He’ll be playing songs from his new album, Nightlife, with guests such as singers Nicky Addeo, Lisa Lowell, Reagan Richards and Joe Cerisano, keyboardist Jeff Levine, bassist Jeremy Chatzky, drummers Joe Bellia and Bobby Boyd and guitarists Garry Applegate and Rob Dye, plus a sting quartet and more. For information about the show, visit timmcloonessupperclub.com; to order the album, visit eddiemanion.com.
Manion, a Lakewood native and current Pittsburgh resident, is best known for playing with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes, though he has a long list of other credits as well, including Little Steven’s Disciples of Soul, Robert Cray, Diana Ross, Willy DeVille, Graham Parker and Gary U.S. Bonds. With his help, I’ve put together this collection of videos from throughout his career, in chronological order:
“I Played the Fool” with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, 1978. Manion, introduced as “Big Eddie Manion on the baritone,” takes a solo at 1:40:
“Forever” with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. Manion’s solo begins at 2:03:
Various songs with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on the Tunnel of Love Tour in 1988:
“Maybe Tomorrow” with Willy DeVille in 1991. Manion solos at 2:40 and 3:47:
“Shake, Rattle and Roll” with Keith Richards and Bob Dylan in 1991. Manion solos at 1:50:
“Love of the Common People” with Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band in 2006. Manion solos at 2:03:
“Hearts of Stone” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2014. Manion plays the introductory solo and also solos at 2:40, walking to the front of the stage after Springsteen motions to him and says, “C’mon Eddie!”:
“One Way Street” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2014. Manion solos at 1:53 and again at 3:34:
“Radio Nowhere” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2014. Manion solos at 1:56:
“Town Without Pity,” from Nightlife: