Mike Appel (* 27. Oktober 1942 in New York City) war in den 1950er und 1960er Jahren Mitglied der "Balloon Farm", einer erfolgreichen Tanzkapelle, die mit "A Question of Temperature" sogar einen Billboard Top 40 Hit vorweisen konnte. 
Nach seiner Karriere als Musiker kümmerte er sich um aufstrebenden Rockbands und managte unter anderem "Sir Lord Baltimore". Im Jahre 1971 nahm er Bruce Springsteen unter Vertrag und verschaffte dem 'Boss' einen Plattenvertrag bei CBS Records. Als Bruce Springsteen "
Born to Run" einspielte, kam es zu einem grossen Krach und langjährigen gerichtlichen Auseinandersetzungen. Neuer Manager wurde daraufhin Jon Landau.
Mike Appel und Bruce Springsteen:
Mike Appel produzierte für Bruce Springsteen folgende Tonträger:
1973 - Blindet By The Light (Promo Single)
1973 - Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ (Album)
1973 - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (Album)
1975 - Born to Run (Single)
1984 - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (B-Seite "Born in the USA" Single)
1985 - Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town (B-Seite "My Hometown" Single)
1995 - Born to Run, Thunder Road (Greatest Hits Album)
2005 - Seaside Bar Song (18 Tracks Album)
Zum Ende der "Working on a Dream Tour" lud Bruce Springsteen seinen ehemaligen Manager Mike Appel ein. Anlässlich der Final Show in Buffalo, NY trafen sich die beiden wieder.
Sunday (11/22/09) around 12:30pm Bruce Springsteen calls me while I was sitting in a diner on Staten Island with a friend of mine, Tom Corbett and my son James. He said that Sunday’s gig was the last night of their two year tour and that they would be playing “Greetings From Asbury Park” an album I co-produced. He asked my son and I to be his guest. I said great, but how am I getting to Buffalo, NY? He said don’t worry it’ll all be arranged. True to his word, an hour later a car shows up at my house and drives me to Newark Airport. It is there that I board a large private jet all the E Street Band members, Bruce would be flying in from Boston.

Needless to say, I re-kindled my relationship with Clarence Clemons, Little Steven Van Zandt, Gary Tallent, Max Weinberg and his son Jay and Roy Bittan. It was a most memorable flight. As you are probably aware, Clarence gets to have his own room known as the Temple Of Soul at the facility that Bruce will play. He has, as you might expect, a retinue of ladies that attend to his visceral needs. There is a massage bench and hypnotic music that plays as people enter to pay their respects to a musical legend and trooper. It ain’t easy blowing a saxophone all night especially whenever you’re sick. The pain in one’s temples can be very intense. In any case, Clarence gave me all his contact info and invited me to his Florida residence. Now that it’s starting to get cold, I just might take him up on it.

Then it was show time, Bruce, The E Street Band, Jon Landau and I get in a circle and hold hands backstage. Bruce then says, and I quote: “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere in the world than here with you guys at this moment”. Bruce and The E Street Band turn and take the stage to the screams of their devoted fans and begin what was to be a most memorable concert from my prospective.

Bruce takes the stage and explains how pivotal the “Greetings From Asbury Park” album was in his rise to fame, and introduces me as the guy that helped produce Greetings From Asbury Park and helped get things rolling back then. I was completely caught off guard. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the attention in front of 22,000+ rabid Springsteen fans. Needless to say Bruce and The E Street Band killed that audience for four hours straight - Mike Appel

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