On this date in 1972, according to This Day In Music:
Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition.
I like the understatement of that last sentence.
Don't know what he played for the CBS execs; it couldn't have been "Hungry Heart," since it came along eight years later. But I like to think it captures what must have been the spirit of that moment.
Man. They all look so young. And alive.