Inspiration Behind Springsteen’s ‘Glory Days’ Speaks Up
The inspiration for Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" is speaking up about the song. Joe DePugh tells "The New York Times" he was the guy that the "Boss" famously met up with at a "roadside bar," to quote the track. DePugh and Springsteen were Little League baseball teammates when they were young. Later, in 1973, the two former friends reconnected at a bar and remembered the old times. Joe says when "Glory Days" first came out eleven years later, he didn't know about it. Joe heard about the song from a co-worker who knew about his connection to Springsteen. Bruce himself eventually confirmed that "Glory Days" was about DePugh at a high school reunion.