NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Max Weinberg performs at an event hosted by Inside Access from Chase to celebrate the inaugural “Best Credit Card Special Events” program award from Global Traveler’s 13th annual GT Test Reader Survey Awards on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Chase)

Today (4/13) the entire MGK staff wishes E Street Band drummer, Max Weinberg, a Happy Birthday.  Max has been a key members of Bruce Springsteen’s band for decades.  Here’s the story behind how he became Bruce’s time keeper.

Max landed the gig as Springsteen’s E Street bandmate after auditioning.  He read an ad placed in The Village Voice & showed up at an audition.  It went well…to say the least.

“The ad in the Village Voice caught my eye because it said that the band had a Columbia Records contract. That was more than I had,” he said in interview with the Forward (2012). “To get to the audition, I had to climb up four long flights of steps with my drum. After I arrived tired and sweaty, Springsteen greeted me: ‘How are you doing? Let’s play.’ I knew halfway through the audition that we clicked.”

From then on, Max was a fixture in the band, he played on some of the tracks on 1975’s ‘Born To Run’ & everything from 78’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’through ’87’s ‘Tunnel Of Love’. When Bruce broke up the E Street Band between 1989 and 1995, Max took on some side gigs.  One of Max’s most recognized side gigs was his stint as the band leader on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien Show.

Here’s the earliest known recording featuring Max in the E Street Band.