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Bruce Springsteen

An American Singer-songwriter
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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, nicknamed "The Boss," is an American singer-songwriter-performer who records and tours with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock, poetic lyrics, Americana sentiments centered on his native New Jersey and his energetic stage performances. champlain's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1949 Birth Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949, at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. … Read More
1956 6 Years Old Springsteen was inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and growing up hearing fellow New Jersey singer, Frank Sinatra, on the radio.

TEENAGE

1964 14 Years Old Sinatra also inspired Springsteen's style of songwriting, which was developed in his youth after his mother bought him his first guitar for $18. 1964 was also an important year for Springsteen, having seen The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. … Read More
1965 15 Years Old In 1965, Springsteen's mother took out a loan to buy her 16-year-old son a $60 Kent guitar, an act he subsequently memorialized in his song "The Wish". … Read More
1969 19 Years Old From 1969 through early 1971, Springsteen performed with Steel Mill, which also featured Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Vinnie Roslin and later Steve Van Zandt and Robbin Thompson. … Read More

TWENTIES

1970 20 Years Old In January 1970 well-known San Francisco Examiner music critic Philip Elwood gave Springsteen credibility in his glowing assessment of Steel Mill: "I have never been so overwhelmed by totally unknown talent." … Read More
His prolific songwriting ability, with "More words in some individual songs than other artists had in whole albums", as his future record label would describe it in early publicity campaigns, brought his skill to the attention of several people who were about to change his life: new managers Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos, and Columbia Records talent scout John Hammond, who, under Appel's pressure, auditioned Springsteen in May 1972. … Read More
His debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., released in January 1973, established him as a critical favorite though sales were slow.
1975 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 13, 1975, Springsteen and the E Street Band began a five-night, 10-show stand at New York's The Bottom Line club. … Read More

THIRTIES

1980 - 1984 5 More Events
…  Springsteen was featured on the "We Are the World" song and album in 1985. … Read More
1987 37 Years Old In 1987, Springsteen wrote his next album, Tunnel of Love, on which many of the songs described his unhappiness in the relationship with Phillips. … Read More
The subsequent Tunnel of Love Express Tour shook up fans with changes to the stage layout, favorites dropped from the set list, and horn-based arrangements. During the European leg in 1988, Springsteen's relationship with backup singer Patti Scialfa became public.
1989 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1989 he dissolved the E Street Band, and he and Scialfa relocated to California, marrying in 1991.

FORTIES

1990 - 1994 4 More Events
1995 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, after temporarily re-organizing the E Street Band for a few new songs recorded for his first Greatest Hits album (a recording session that was chronicled in the documentary Blood Brothers), he released his second (mostly) solo guitar album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, inspired by John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and by Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, a book by Pulitzer Prize-winners author Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael Williamson. … Read More
1996 46 Years Old In April 1996, Springsteen gave an interview to The Advocate LGBT magazine's Judy Wieder, in which he spoke of the importance of fighting for gay marriage. "You get your license, you do all the social rituals. … Read More
1998 48 Years Old Following the tour, Springsteen moved back to New Jersey with his family. In 1998, Springsteen released the sprawling, four-disc box set of out-takes, Tracks. … Read More
…  He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

FIFTIES

2002 - 2006 6 More Events
Springsteen's next album, titled Magic, was released on October 2, 2007.
2008 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Federici returned to the stage on March 20, 2008, when he appeared for portions of a Springsteen and E Street Band performance at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. … Read More
Springsteen was the musical opener for the Obama Inaugural Celebration on January 18, 2009, which was attended by over 400,000 people. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2010 60 Years Old 1 More Event
His 2010 tour included venues in the UK and Ireland.
2011 61 Years Old Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band's saxophonist and founding member, died on June 18, 2011, of complications from a stroke. "Clarence lived a wonderful life", Springsteen said in a statement. "He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. … Read More
Springsteen's 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, was released on March 6, 2012. … Read More
A ceremony was held on February 8, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, two days before the Grammy Awards.
Springsteen released his eighteenth studio album, High Hopes, on January 14, 2014. … Read More
On August 6, 2015, Springsteen performed "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run" on the final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as Stewart's final 'Moment of Zen'.
In April 2016 he cancelled a show in Greensboro, North Carolina days before it was to take place to protest the state's newly passed Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, also referred to as the "bathroom law".
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