Bruce Springsteen (b. September 23, 1949) is a highly acclaimed and hugely popular rock singer-songwriter who became famous beginning in the mid 1970s. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, he began in 1964 in his teens as a member of a local band known as the Rogues and played with a number of other bands through the early 1970s, several of which he co-founded that included Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom, and the Bruce Springsteen Band (later the E Street Band). His energetic live performances and prolific songwriting ability eventually brought him to the attention of managers Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos, leading to a contract in 1972 with Columbia Records.
Springsteen made his debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1975 with "Born To Run," a rousing, fiery rock anthem from his album of the same name which peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and made him an international success. This rock classic has amassed numerous accolades over the years and is a longtime AOR staple along with many of his other hits. Other Springsteen signature songs include the seemingly upbeat and celebratory "Born In The U.S.A." (1984), a scathing commentary of the harmful effects of the Vietnam War on America and the mistreatment of Vietnam veterans. Springsteen's long string of hits also includes "Hungry Heart" (1980), "Dancing In The Dark" (1984), "Cover Me" (1984), "I'm On Fire" (1985), "Glory Days" (1985), "I'm Goin' Down" (1985), "My Hometown" (1985), "War" (1986), "Brilliant Disguise" (1987), "Streets Of Philadelphia" (1994), and "Secret Garden" (1995, 1997), the latter of which was a part of the soundtrack to "Jerry Maguire" (1996).
Bruce Springsteen is one of the world's top-selling performing artists, and he continues to perform at packed arenas and stadiums year after year. His numerous honors and accolades include 20 Grammys, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999. Springsteen was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2009, was named MusiCares person of the year in 2013, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
- For more info on Bruce Springsteen and his current projects and touring schedule, visit brucespringsteen.net.
- Bruce Springsteen discusses various influences on his music and his recent memoir, "Born To Run," in an interview with Terry Gross of National Public Radio (2016).
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