Bruce Springsteen, also known as “The Boss”, has been producing music, which touches the working man for several decades. From his earliest work in the clubs on the Jersey coast, to worldwide tours packing stadiums, The Boss has been a force in the world of rock n’ roll.
Bruce Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. During his school years, Springsteen was quiet and spent much of his time playing the guitar in school. After graduating from high school, Springsteen realized that music would be the path to take. Having begun taking guitar lessons at age seven, Springsteen started his music career in a band called The Castiles, at age 16. With Springsteen as lead singer and guitarist, The Castiles recorded a couple of songs and began playing at regional venues.
Throughout his late teenage years until his early 20’s, Springsteen played with various bands around the Jersey shore. It was during this time that he started to make a name for himself and his singing and songwriting talents were starting to get him noticed. It was during these years that Springsteen started to perfect the unique song style that would bring him to stardom.
In 1972, Springsteen signed a record deal with Columbia Records. In anticipation of his debut album, Springsteen gathered several friends from the Jersey Shore to form The E Street Band. His debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ” was released in January 1973. The music in the album was widely praised by critics and the music industry; however, the album sales were very modest. In September 1973, Springsteen released his next album, “The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.” Once again, the album was a critical success, but sales were disappointing.
Springsteen’s big break came with the release of his third album, “Born to Run.” The album took over a year to finish, with Springsteen tinkering with the sound of several of the tracks. In August 1975, the album was released to the expected critical acclaim. However, the album became a commercial success as well, with the album rising to #3 on the album charts. Over the next few years, Springsteen continued to record albums and tour, and in 1984, has the smash hit album “Born in the U.S.A.” This album raised Springsteen from rock star to rock icon.
Since the success of “Born to Run”, Springsteen has released a string of hit albums, including “The River”, “The Rising” and “Working on a Dream”. All told Springsteen has released 15 albums, with 7 of them reaching #1 in the album charts. In addition to his album work, Springsteen continues to tour and constantly gives memorable concerts that typically last three hours or more, making his concerts some of the most popular concerts every year.
Bruce Springsteen has become of the top names in Rock N Roll music, and he has accomplished the rare task of producing music that pleases the music critics as well as music fans. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has no plans on slowing down or stopping the production of their brand of Rock N’ Roll music – and the music world is happy to hear it!
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