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Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
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Profession: Singer-Songwriter

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Biography: Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is an iconic fixture of American music. His style concentrates on his distinctive voice and lyrics often concerning working class Americans. His tours, often with the E Street Band, are noted for their energetic performances and often long length.

His commercial sales, with famous albums such as Born to Run (1975), Born in the USA (1984), and The Rising (2002) have reached over 135 million sold.

Between 1985 and 2010, he won 20 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, 4 MTV Music Video Awards, and 2 Golden Globe Awards.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility.

In 2016 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

In October, 2017 "Springsteen On Broadway" - a one man show of songs and stories, based on his memoir - opened; planned for an 8 week run, it was extended by popular demand three times, running through June of 2018, garnering him a Tony Award. A special encore run in the summer of 2021 re-opened Broadway after the pandemic closure.

Born: September 23, 1949
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Age: 72 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1985-05-13 American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (35) weds American actress Julianne Phillips (25) at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon; divorce in 1989
  • 1988-06-17 Bruce Springsteen separates from Julianne Phillips
  • 1988-08-30 American actress Julianne Philips files for divorce from American rock star Bruce Springsteen
  • 1989-03-01 Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce
  • 1991-06-09 American rock star Bruce Springsteen (41) weds his backup singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa (34), at their Los Angeles home

Historical Events

  • 1972-06-09 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia Records
  • 1973-01-05 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's debut album "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J."
  • 1973-11-11 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's second album "The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle"
  • 1975-08-25 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's landmark third album "Born To Run"
  • 1975-10-27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek magazines feature rock singer Bruce Springsteen
  • 1977-02-19 Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded By The Light" goes to #1
  • 1978-06-02 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen fourth studio album "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
  • 1979-09-19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Bonnie Raitt; Crosby, Stills & Nash: Jackson Browne; and The Doobie Brothers
  • 1980-06-17 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's fifth studio album "The River"; the 2-record set becomes a global smash, going top five in 8 countries
  • 1980-12-31 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "The River Tour" concert at Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, New York) clocks in at almost 4 hours
  • 1982-09-30 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's sixth studio album "Nebraska", a solo record, made without a backing band
  • 1984-06-04 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 7th studio album "Born in the USA", his biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide
  • 1985-01-19 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9
  • 1985-01-28 Charity single "We Are the World" recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)
  • 1985-09-13 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen
  • 1986-11-10 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band "Live/1975-85", a 5 LP box set of concert recordings
  • 1987-09-30 Roy Orbison and friends (including James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang) film performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California for Cinemax
  • 1987-10-10 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 8th studio album "Tunnel of Love"
  • 1988-01-03 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)
  • 1988-02-25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1990-02-12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held in Beverly Hills, California; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby
  • 1992-03-27 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 9th and 10th studio albums - "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" - on the same day; musicians other than the E-Street Band are used
  • 1992-06-27 "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at #68
  • 1992-07-23 Bruce Springsteen begins a world tour, his first with musicians other than the E Street band
  • 1995-03-01 37th Grammy Awards: "All I Want to Do" by Sheryl Crow; "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen win
  • 1995-04-12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, and Geoffrey Oryema
  • 1995-11-21 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 11th studio album "The Ghost of Tom Joad"; wins Grammy Award for best Contemporary Folk Album
  • 1999-03-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Joel; Curtis Mayfield; Paul McCartney; Del Shannon; Dusty Springfield; Bruce Springsteen; The Staple Singers; Charles Brown; Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; and George Martin
  • 2002-07-30 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 12th studio album "The Rising", his first new record with the E Street Band since 1985 tops the charts in 7 countries
  • 2005-04-26 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 13th studio album "Devils and Dust"
  • 2006-04-25 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 14th studio album "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions", a tribute to folk music pioneer Pete Seeger
  • 2007-09-25 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 15th studio album "Magic", made with the E Street Band
  • 2009-01-27 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 16th studio album "Working On A Dream", made with the E Street Band
  • 2009-06-24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Blur headline; other performers include Fleet Foxes, Tom Jones, Spinal Tap, Lady Gaga, and The Script
  • 2010-05-13 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Debbie Harry, Lady Gaga, Shirley Bassey, Nile Rodgers and Chic
  • 2012-03-06 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album "Wrecking Ball"
  • 2012-07-31 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform their longest show ever, at Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland - clocking in at 4 hours and 6 minutes
  • 2014-01-14 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album "High Hopes", produced with members of the E Street Band, including the deceased Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons
  • 2016-09-07 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform their longest show in America, at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - clocking in at 4 hours and 4 minutes
  • 2016-12-14 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Idina Menzal, Darlene Love, and Jennifer Nettles
  • 2019-06-14 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album "Western Stars"
  • 2019-12-09 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at The Beacon Theatre, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bob Geldof, Ricky Martin, Eurythmics, Deborah Harry, Shaggy, Zucchero, MC Rodriguez, and H.E.R.
  • 2020-10-23 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 20th studio album "Letter To You", recorded with the E Street Band
  • 2021-12-15 Bruce Springsteen sells his music back catalogue to Sony Music Entertainment for an estimated $500 million, in possibly the biggest deal ever for a single artist

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