"Fire" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen in 1977 which had its highest profile as a 1978 single release by the Pointer Sisters.
Bruce Springsteen envisioned "Fire" as a song which could be recorded by his idol Elvis Presley, the song being written during the period after Springsteen had seen Presley live at a May 28, 1977 concert at the Spectrum (Philadelphia): Springsteen would allege "I sent Elvis a demo of it but he died August 16, 1977 before it arrived."
Springsteen did complete a studio recording of "Fire" which was one of 52 tracks at least partially recorded which did not make the cut for Springsteen's June 2, 1978 album release Darkness on the Edge of Town: these tracks were omitted on the grounds of inconsistency with Springsteen's ultimate thematic vision for that album, and Springsteen's manager Jon Landau has speculated that Springsteen likely had an especial concern that if included on Darkness on the Edge of Town "Fire" would be Columbia Records' single of choice despite being non-representative of the overall album.
Springsteen's disinterest in showcasing "Fire" on Darkness on the Edge of Town reportedly did not preclude his being upset when the Pointer Sisters recorded a version of "Fire" which reached #2 in January 1979, easily besting all of Springsteen's own single releases to that point which had all had Top 20 shortfalls: Springsteen's first single release subsequent to the Pointer Sisters' success with "Fire" would be "Hungry Heart" (1980) a track heavily customized to have Top 40 appeal and would reach #5 becoming the first of Springsteen's twelve Top Ten hits to date.
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