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Call it an unlikely Million Dollar Jersey Quartet.

The unlikely grouping of Tony Orlando with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa of the E Street Band sang backup for Freedom Bremner and Mark Rivera on the Beatles’ classic “With a Little Help from My Friends” Sunday, Oct. 29 at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of ’23 induction ceremony. It went down at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Asbury Park rocker Glen Burtnik was the musical director. About half of the crowd had left as emcee Danny DeVito said farewell after Scialfa was inducted, then the music started. Bremner started singing and Springsteen, Van Zandt and Scialfa were on stage. Orlando then came out and joined the E Streeters. Hall of Famers emerged from backstage and what was left of the crowd rushed to the edge of the stage to get a closer look and snap pics.

Freedom Bremner, left to right, Tony Orlando, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Babjak, Steven Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa and Mark Rivera at the 2023 NJ Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 29 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The Smithereens, who were inducted in 2019, and basketball star Sue Wicks, one of Sunday’s inductees, were among those who came out from backstage.

“Not in my waking hours,” did Wicks, a former Rutgers University hoops standout, ever imagine that she’d be on stage with Springsteen and Orlando performing a song. “Everyone was so gracious and beautiful, just like all Jersey folks, backstage.”

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