Happy Birthday [lastfm]Max Weinberg[/lastfm]! He was born 59 years ago today and has really accomplished a lot in those years. Between being apart of the iconic [lastfm]Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band[/lastfm] and becoming a recognizable comedian and band leader of [lastfm]The Max Weinberg 7[/lastfm] on late night television, he’s completed more than most people would ever dream of!
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Max Weinberg’s career spans over three decades and began when he answered an ad placed by Bruce Springsteen looking for a drummer. Max worked with Bruce as a drummer on the breakthrough album Born To Run making himself an essential member of the band. He worked on the songs “Hungry Heart,” “Glory Days,” “Born in the U.S.A.” and “Dancing in the Dark,” as well as drumming on tracks for Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler and a number of other artists.
When Springsteen and the E Street Band disbanded in 1989 Weinberg considered going back to school to become an attorney but then landed the gig as band leader of The Max Weinberg 7 for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. During this time, he not only became a household name but proved his ability as a comedic sidekick, spending 17-years with Conan until NBC pulled The Tonight Show off the air earlier this year.
Currently, there are rumors that Max may join forces with Conan O’Brien arch nemesis, Jay Leno now that Jay’s band leader Kevin Eubanks is leaving. However, we hope that he’ll return to work with Coco now that Conan will be returning to late night television on TBS. Regardless, Happy Birthday Max, you’ve done your job and done it well!