How ‘Blazing Saddles’ became ‘Blaze’
When Bob Rubin first heard his new song ‘Blowing Saddles’, he didn’t realize that he’d be doing something he’d never done before: singing a classic Broadway musical.
“I had never sung a Broadway musical before,” Rubin told Rolling Stone last year.
“And it’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me.
And I’m really proud of it.
And the first time I played the song, I was like, ‘Wow!
I’ve done it!
And it blew my mind.”
As Rubin’s career took off, so did his songwriting, and it was there that he found inspiration for his first Broadway production, the original Broadway version of Blazing Saddles.
“The first time it was done, it was so different,” Rubin says.
“There was a lot more action.
There was a great fight scene.
There were really no musicals at that time, and there was a very small theater.
And so the only way I could get it off the ground was by playing it live and getting so much energy.
And that’s what happened.
So that’s how I came up with ‘Blinding’ as the title of the song.”
It was a musical about two brothers who were destined to fight one another, and in the end, the brothers end up on opposite sides.
Rubin’s first Broadway performance was on Broadway in 1968, and his last was on the original New York Central stage in 1975.
“That was really important to me because it was a different time,” Rubin said.
“It was like the beginning of Broadway, but it was also the end of the world.
It was kind of the beginning.”
“Blinding” is one of many songs on the record that were written and performed by Rubin.
He also wrote the song “In the Mood for Love” and wrote the lyrics to “Don’t Let Me Down,” which is featured on the album’s title track.
Rubin is also the co-creator of the music video for the Broadway hit “It’s a Sin” and he was the lead singer of the rock band The Who from 1973 to 1977.
“Blazing” also features the songwriting credits on the band’s first album, The Who’s Greatest Hits.
“So there’s a lot of songs on it,” Rubin explains.
“A lot of the songs were written by Bob Rubin.
There’s a song called ‘Shine a Light’ by Bob, and a song on the ‘Let It Go’ album that Bob wrote.
And a lot were written for The Who.
There are songs by Bob that are on ‘Blinded by the Light’ and on ‘Let it Go.'”
Rubin is not the only one who has taken inspiration from the Broadway musical, which is one reason why the song is a timeless classic.
“My mom is a Broadway fan and she used to tell me, ‘Bob Rubin is the greatest writer in the world,'” Rubin says of his mother.
And it’s just the greatest.” “
Then I went and did my own Broadway play and I wrote the score.
And it’s just the greatest.”
“I really loved ‘Blending’,” Rubin adds.
“One of my favorite Broadway songs is ‘It’s A Sin.’
It’s timeless. “
This is the one that really made me realize I was on to something.
And Bob is the best.”