Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, better known by his stage name Bruce Springsteen, is a popular singer and musician born on September 23rd, 1949, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Springsteen’s desire to become a musician started from a young age when he heard Frank Sinatra on the radio and saw The Beatles and Elvis Presley on TV.
Springsteen’s first steps in the musical scene were as lead guitarist and later lead singer of The Castiles, a rock and roll band that only recorded two songs before separating in 1968. He later had a brief stint in a trio band called Earth and with the band Steel Mill (which included three original members of his future band). Out of the three, Steel Mill was the most popular one, and members agreed it was all due to Bruce’s talents and songwriting abilities.
In 1972, having caught the attention of Columbia Records, Springsteen formed a new band (known as the E Street Band) and recorded his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. The folk-rock album received generally positive reviews. Springsteen’s second album, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, debuted in September 1973, and was met with critical acclaim but limited commercial success, like its predecessor. The band’s breakthrough record, however, was 1975’s Born to Run, which brought Bruce international fame. The album reached top chartings, with many of the songs becoming instant rock classics.
Since then, Bruce’s musical career only went higher and further. Subsequent albums, Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) and The River (1980), continued to dominate the charts and cement his fame and skill as a songwriter. In 1982, Springsteen was praised for his first solo album, Nebraska. The band’s fifth studio album, Born in the U.S.A., released in 1984, is their most commercially successful record to date. It also became one of the best-selling albums of all time. Bruce’s next three records, Tunnel of Love (1987), Human Touch (1992), and Lucky Town (1992), were made working with session musicians. The band reassembled in 1995 and recorded its first Greatest Hits and also folk album The Ghost of Tom Joad. In 1999, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Bono, U2’s lead singer.
The 2000’s kicked off well for the musician; over the course of the decade Springsteen would release The Rising (with the E Street Band in 2002), two more folk solo albums, Devils & Dust (2005) and We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006), and another two with the Band: Magic (2007) and Working on a Dream (2009). The band debuted the albums Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014), which also reached the top on charts worldwide. In 2018, Bruce was awarded with an honorary Tony Award, due to his theater production of Springsteen on Broadway. In 2019, he released another solo album Western Stars (2019), followed by Letter to You, with the band, in 2020.
Throughout his career, Springsteen has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most prolific music artists in the world. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including 20 Grammy Awards and two Golden Globes.