Bruce Springsteen Biography

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’. To know more about his childhood, career, profile and timeline read on

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Nick Name:
The Boss, Doctor
Also Known As:
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, Bruce 'Da Boss' Springsteen, The Boss, Bad Scooter, Bruce Springteen
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Birth Date:
Sun Sign:
1.77 m
Born in:
Long Branch
Douglas Frederick Springsteen
Adele Ann Springsteen
Pamela Springsteen, Virginia Springsteen Shave
Julianne Phillips, Patti Scialfa
Evan James Springsteen, Jessica Rae Springsteen, Sam Ryan Springsteen
Diseases & Disabilities:
City, States, Provinces & Districts:
Net worth:
$345 Million as of Nov 11, 2016
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Ocean County College, Freehold High School
Humanitarian Work:
Donated the proceeds from his performance for hurricane Sandy victims
Kennedy Center Honors - 2009
Grammy Award for Song of the Year - 1995
Academy Award for Best Original Song - 1994
Grammy Award for Best Rock Album - 2003
Grammy Award for Best Rock Song - 2009-2008-2003
Grammy Hall of Fame Award - 2012
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - 2009-1994
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song - 2009
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - 2004
Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance - 2010-2008-2006
Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance - 2008
Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance - 2005-2003-1995
MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video - 1985
Juno Award for International Album of the Year - 1985
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album - 1986
Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media - 1995
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album - 2007
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album - 1997
Grammy Award for Best Music Film - 2007
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist - 1986
MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance - 1985
Brit Award for Best International Solo Artist - 1986
MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film - 1994
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single - 1985
Porin Award for Best Foreign Song - 2008
Porin Award for Best International Album Outside of Classical and Jazz Music - 2013-2010
Porin Award for Best Foreign Video Programme - 2011
People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist - 1986
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Video Artist - 1986

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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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Bruce Springsteen
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.
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  • 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.
  • 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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