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Bruce Springsteen is a popular American rock singer who is best known for his works such as ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Born to Run’

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 23, 1949
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-songwriter, Millionaires, Singers, Rock Singers
City/StateNew Jersey
Nick namesThe Boss, Doctor
SpousesJulianne Phillips, Patti Scialfa
SiblingsPamela Springsteen, Virginia Springsteen Shave
Known asBruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, The Boss
Childrens Evan James Springsteen, Jessica Rae Springsteen, Sam Ryan Springsteen
Universities
  • Ocean County College
  • Freehold High School
Humanitarian Works
  • Donated the proceeds from his performance for hurricane Sandy victims
Birth PlaceLong Branch
ReligionCatholicism
Height177cm
GenderMale
FatherDouglas Frederick Springsteen
MotherAdele Ann Springsteen
Net Worth$345 Million as of Nov 11,2016
Sun SignVirgo
Born inLong Branch
Famous asSinger-songwriter

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Who is Bruce Springsteen?

Rock star Bruce Springsteen is a popular American singer, prolific songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. He became popular because of his unique and creative songwriting ability; his songs are meatier, encompassing more stories, views and passion in them. This skill caught the attention of a lot of people, regular fans and music professionals alike. Most of his songs reflect his political opinions, his working-class roots in New Jersey, where he grew up. He is a positive thinker; he sees greatness in the labors of daily American life; he is stimulated by stories of ordinary life, like embellishing teenage street life. He is not a religious person, but he doesn’t deny that his Catholic upbringing guided his music most. He is one of America's most admired musicians. His greatest song ‘Born in the USA’ is a best-selling album, which charmed audiences of all ages. Meanwhile, his ‘Born to Run’ album is regarded to be among the best rock and roll albums and Springsteen's finest work. The title track was an analysis of the undeserved treatment of Vietnam veterans, some of whom were his friends. Both of his songs ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Born to Run’ made Springsteen into the bright rock star that he is today

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Childhood & Early Life

Bruce Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 to parents Douglas Frederick and Adele Ann in New Jersey.

After he saw Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, he saw himself to be growing up like him.

His mother saw his potential and bought him his first guitar for $18 in 1956; it started his lifetime affair with the guitar.

The nickname of ‘Boss’ stuck to him for his task of collecting the band's nightly pay and distributing it among his band mates.

Career

Springsteen’s mother bought him a $60 Kent guitar in1965, which was remembered in his song ‘The Wish’.

He started performing with various bands until finally in 1970 well-known ‘San Francisco Examiner’ music critic Philip Elwood gave him a compliment by depicting him as a most remarkable composer.

Starting in 1970, he tried to form various bands that didn’t pan out until two years later, he caught the attention of the music people like Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, and John Hammond who worked together at sealing him a record deal with ‘Columbia Records’.

‘Crawdaddy’ magazine editor Peter Knobler interviewed him in 1973 and remarked that ‘He sings with a freshness and urgency I haven't heard.’

Boston's ‘The Real Paper’ music critic Jon Landau saw his performance at the ‘Harvard Square Theater’ in 1974, and commented that Bruce Springsteen is the future of rock and roll.

In 1975, Springsteen and the ‘E Street Band’ began a show at New York's ‘Bottom Line Club’. It was so well-attended and popular that the ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine recorded the event as ‘One of the 50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll’.

Also in 1975, his third album, ‘Born to Run’, catapulted him to fame when it hit ‘Billboard 200’ at No.3. He was on the covers of both ‘Time’ and ‘Newsweek’ magazines simultaneously, something that previously only happened to world leaders.

A law suit between him and former Manager Mike Appel kept him out of the studio for nearly a year in 1977.

‘Born in the USA,’ made a sale of 45 million copies worldwide in 1984, ending up as one of the best-selling albums with seven singles hitting the Top 10.

He released the much slower and more reflective ‘Tunnel of Love’ album in 1987. He performed at the ‘Tunnel of Love Express Tour’ at the ‘Radrennbahn Weißensee’ in East Berlin which was attended by 300,000 followers.

Springsteen was elevated into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1999.

In 2008, he sang the song ‘Working on a Dream’ in a duet with Scialfa in support of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

He performed at the halftime show at ‘Super Bowl XLIII’ on February 1, 2009.

During the years 2012-2014 the singer released two albums titled ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘High Hopes’. The 2014 album ‘High Hopes’ consists of covers performed by Bruce.

Major Works

Springsteen’s albums ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Born to Run’ have sold more than 184 million albums in the United States and around the world, which put him into the category of the world's best-selling artists.

Awards & Achievements

Bruce has received multiple awards and citations from the US as well as from different countries like Great Britain, Sweden, and others, for his talent and contribution to the field of music.

The legendary singer has taken home various awards for his work, comprising of 20 ‘Grammy Awards’, two ‘Golden Globes’ and an ‘Academy Award’ as well as being elevated into both the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ and the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’.

He was named one of eight ‘Artists of the Decade’ and the fourth highest grossing concert artist of the decade by the ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine.

He received the ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ in 2009, which is an award given to figures from the world of the arts for their contribution to American culture.

In 2013, Springsteen with his friend and mentor Pete Seeger and 198 other celebrities were honored in the ‘American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ held at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Personal Life & Legacy

It was during the ’Born in the U.S.A. Tour’ where he met his future wife, actress Julianne Phillips. They got married in 1985.

Unfortunately, their affection for each other did not last long, and Springsteen began an affair with ‘E Street Band’ backup singer Patti Scialfa. Bruce and Julianne were divorced in 1989.

Meanwhile Springsteen moved in with Scialfa. They got married in 1991 and they were blessed with three kids.

New Jersey was hit by ‘Hurricane Sandy’ in 2012 and this generous musician instantly extended his help. He dedicated his performance at the ‘‘Blue Cross Arena in Rochester’ to the victims of the storm; performed at a one-hour televised telethon for the benefit of the ‘American Red Cross’; and performed at ‘Madison Square Garden’ for Sandy Relief.

Net Worth

According to certain sources Springsteen has a current net worth of $300 million.

Trivia

This famous singer is a huge fan of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ (1996); and even watched as an anonymous fan in the audience during tapings of the show.

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Bruce Springsteen awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1994Best Music, Original SongPhiladelphia (1993)

Golden Globe Awards

2009Best Original Song - Motion PictureThe Wrestler (2008)
1994Best Original Song - Motion PicturePhiladelphia (1993)

ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards

1995Most Performed Songs from Motion PicturesPhiladelphia (1993)

Grammy Awards

2010Best Solo Rock Vocal PerformanceWinner
2008Best Rock SongWinner
2008Best Solo Rock Vocal PerformanceWinner
2007Best Long Form Music VideoWings for Wheels: The Making of 'Born to Run' (2005)
2005Best Rock Vocal Solo PerformanceWinner
2004Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or GroupWinner
1995Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionPhiladelphia (1993)

MTV Video Music Awards

1994Best Video from a FilmBruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia (1994)
1994Best Video from a FilmPhiladelphia (1993)
1985Best Male VideoBruce Springsteen: I'm on Fire (1985)
1985Best Stage Performance in a VideoBruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark (1984)

Bruce Springsteen biography timelines

  • // 23rd Sep 1949
    Bruce Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 to parents Douglas Frederick and Adele Ann in New Jersey.
  • // 1956
    His mother saw his potential and bought him his first guitar for $18 in 1956; it started his lifetime affair with the guitar.
  • // 1965
    Springsteen’s mother bought him a $60 Kent guitar in1965, which was remembered in his song ‘The Wish’.
  • // 1970
    He started performing with various bands until finally in 1970 well-known ‘San Francisco Examiner’ music critic Philip Elwood gave him a compliment by depicting him as a most remarkable composer.
  • // 1970
    Starting in 1970, he tried to form various bands that didn’t pan out until two years later, he caught the attention of the music people like Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, and John Hammond who worked together at sealing him a record deal with ‘Columbia Records’.
  • // 1973
    ‘Crawdaddy’ magazine editor Peter Knobler interviewed him in 1973 and remarked that ‘He sings with a freshness and urgency I haven't heard.’
  • // 1974
    Boston's ‘The Real Paper’ music critic Jon Landau saw his performance at the ‘Harvard Square Theater’ in 1974, and commented that Bruce Springsteen is the future of rock and roll.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, Springsteen and the ‘E Street Band’ began a show at New York's ‘Bottom Line Club’. It was so well-attended and popular that the ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine recorded the event as ‘One of the 50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll’.
  • // 1975
    Also in 1975, his third album, ‘Born to Run’, catapulted him to fame when it hit ‘Billboard 200’ at No.3. He was on the covers of both ‘Time’ and ‘Newsweek’ magazines simultaneously, something that previously only happened to world leaders.
  • // 1977
    A law suit between him and former Manager Mike Appel kept him out of the studio for nearly a year in 1977.
  • // 1984
    ‘Born in the USA,’ made a sale of 45 million copies worldwide in 1984, ending up as one of the best-selling albums with seven singles hitting the Top 10.
  • // 1985
    It was during the ’Born in the U.S.A. Tour’ where he met his future wife, actress Julianne Phillips. They got married in 1985.
  • // 1987
    He released the much slower and more reflective ‘Tunnel of Love’ album in 1987. He performed at the ‘Tunnel of Love Express Tour’ at the ‘Radrennbahn Weißensee’ in East Berlin which was attended by 300,000 followers.
  • // 1989
    Unfortunately, their affection for each other did not last long, and Springsteen began an affair with ‘E Street Band’ backup singer Patti Scialfa. Bruce and Julianne were divorced in 1989.
  • // 1991
    Meanwhile Springsteen moved in with Scialfa. They got married in 1991 and they were blessed with three kids.
  • // 1996
    This famous singer is a huge fan of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ (1996); and even watched as an anonymous fan in the audience during tapings of the show.
  • // 1999
    Springsteen was elevated into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1999.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he sang the song ‘Working on a Dream’ in a duet with Scialfa in support of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
  • // 2009
    He received the ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ in 2009, which is an award given to figures from the world of the arts for their contribution to American culture.
  • // 1st Feb 2009
    He performed at the halftime show at ‘Super Bowl XLIII’ on February 1, 2009.
  • // 2012 To 2014
    During the years 2012-2014 the singer released two albums titled ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘High Hopes’. The 2014 album ‘High Hopes’ consists of covers performed by Bruce.
  • // 2012
    New Jersey was hit by ‘Hurricane Sandy’ in 2012 and this generous musician instantly extended his help. He dedicated his performance at the ‘‘Blue Cross Arena in Rochester’ to the victims of the storm; performed at a one-hour televised telethon for the benefit of the ‘American Red Cross’; and performed at ‘Madison Square Garden’ for Sandy Relief.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, Springsteen with his friend and mentor Pete Seeger and 198 other celebrities were honored in the ‘American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ held at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Bruce Springsteen's FAQ

  • What is Bruce Springsteen birthday?

    Bruce Springsteen was born at 1949-09-23

  • Where is Bruce Springsteen's birth place?

    Bruce Springsteen was born in Long Branch

  • What is Bruce Springsteen nationalities?

    Bruce Springsteen's nationalities is American

  • What is Bruce Springsteen nick names?

    Bruce Springsteen's nickNames is The Boss, Doctor

  • Who is Bruce Springsteen spouses?

    Bruce Springsteen's spouses is Julianne Phillips, Patti Scialfa

  • Who is Bruce Springsteen siblings?

    Bruce Springsteen's siblings is Pamela Springsteen, Virginia Springsteen Shave

  • Who is Bruce Springsteen childrens?

    Bruce Springsteen's childrens is Evan James Springsteen, Jessica Rae Springsteen, Sam Ryan Springsteen

  • What was Bruce Springsteen universities?

    Bruce Springsteen studied at Ocean County College, Freehold High School

  • What is Bruce Springsteen's religion?

    Bruce Springsteen's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Bruce Springsteen?

    Bruce Springsteen's height is 177

  • Who is Bruce Springsteen's father?

    Bruce Springsteen's father is Douglas Frederick Springsteen

  • Who is Bruce Springsteen's mother?

    Bruce Springsteen's mother is Adele Ann Springsteen

  • What is Bruce Springsteen's sun sign?

    Bruce Springsteen is Virgo

  • How famous is Bruce Springsteen?

    Bruce Springsteen is famouse as Singer-songwriter