Springsteen to release ‘Don’t Play That Song,’ third ‘Only the Strong Survive’ track, Oct. 28

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Bruce Springsteen has released a teaser for his “Don’t Play That Song” single.

Bruce Springsteen will release a third song from his upcoming Only the Strong Survive soul covers album, Oct. 28. He posted a teaser to social media today that you can watch below, along with the message, “Ready for another one? Don’t Play That Song out this Friday October 28th. Pre-order the new album Only The Strong Survive out everywhere November 11th.”

(OCT. 28 UPDATE: The video has been released and you can watch it HERE.)

Co-written by Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Betty Nelson (Ben E. King’s wife), “Don’t Play That Song” — usually called “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” — was first recorded by King in 1962, and reached the Top 20. It was the first track of King’s Don’t Play That Song! album that year, which, more famously, included his all-time classic, “Stand by Me.”

Aretha Franklin had similar success when she recorded the song in 1970.

You can listen to both versions of the song, below.

The previous two tracks released from Springsteen’s Only the Strong Survive were “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” on Sept. 29; and “Nightshift,” on Oct. 14.


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