Bruce Springsteen Biography News Facts Impelreport
Name: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
Nickname: The Boss
Popular For: Work with the E Street Band
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
Awards: Several Grammy, Golden Globes, Academy Awards
Marital Status: Married
Highest Accolade: He is one of the world’s bestselling artists of all the time.
Bruce Springsteen Facts
Bruce Springsteen born in the USA on September 23, 1949, in a household where his mother was the main breadwinner of the family. He has two younger sisters and was raised as a Catholic. He wasn’t much interested in education but was described by his teachers as a person who just wanted to play his guitar. Bruce Springsteen Biography News Facts Impelreport.
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.
Though the star became interested in music since 1956, he gained some attention only in 1973 when Bruce Springsteen songs, “Blinded by the Light” and “For You” gained some attention. Though the album was a slow seller, many people liked the freshness of his voice.
Blinded by the Light
Bruce Springsteen Career
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.
Springsteen and the E Street Band tasted real success when in 1975, they did a five-night ten show performance in New York. Born on Run added to the celebrity’s success and after that began a career with a lot of twists and turns.
In 1984, Born in the U.S.A. was released which sold 30 million copies worldwide and made Bruce a household name. In July 1988, he did a concert that was attended by 300,000 spectators and garnered some well-deserved attention for the singer. The 1990s was a lost period for him because he didn’t do much work during this time and sort of retreated from it all.
The year 1999 marked Springsteen’s reunion with the E Street Band, and in 2002, they released an album The Rising based on the 9/11 attacks that was a commercial and critical success. Since then, he has been garnering success through various shows and albums with and without the E Street Band and has become a celebrity who can make a difference in the world.
These days, Springsteen is involved in Broadway and is slated to perform till December 15, 2018. Another Bruce Springsteen biography news worth mentioning is that he recently received the Tony Award for his critically acclaimed, intimate one-man show Springsteen on Broadway that is already sold out. While receiving the award, the music sensation not only thanked Bruce Springsteen family but also thanked the audience for the constant love and support they showered him with.
Not Slowing Down
Though the man known for his poetic lyrics is well past the retirement age, he is showing no signs of stopping. As of June 2018, Bruce Springsteen age is 69, but his magical performance on the stage is still the same. Though Bruce Springsteen height is 1.77 m, his stature in the music world is way bigger than that. The die-hard fans of the energetic stage performer agree that he is the music icon that they can never forget and hope that the future generations would appreciate for centuries to come.
Bruce Springsteen Personal Life
After the tornado of business achievement that took after Born in the U.S.A., Springsteen met and wedded performer Julianne Phillips in 1985. The marriage rapidly started to go into disrepair, nonetheless, and Springsteen started an undertaking with E Street Band reinforcement vocalist Patti Scialfa, who shared his regular workers New Jersey foundation. Phillips petitioned for separate in 1989. Springsteen moved in with Scialfa and they had two youngsters together before authoritatively wedding in 1991. Their third and last kid was conceived in 1994.
Profoundly influenced by his clashed love life and fizzled marriage to Phillips, Springsteen composed and discharged Tunnel of Love in 1987. The collection analyzed subjects of adoration, misfortune, disarray and grievousness, following the extraordinary highs and lows of connections. As Dave Marsh from Creem magazine prophetically wrote in 1975, “Springsteen’s music is regularly abnormal in light of the fact that it has a relatively customary feeling of magnificence, a notion of the stunningness you can feel when, say, first beginning to look all starry eyed at or at long last finding that the enchantment in the music is additionally in you. Which may likewise be first beginning to look all starry eyed at.”
Springsteen broke down the E Street Band in 1989 and moved with his new spouse and family to California in the mid 1990s. The collections he created amid this period—Human Touch and Lucky Town, discharged around the same time in 1992—originated from a more joyful place; incidentally as his own life enhanced, his melodies appeared to do not have the passionate force that had made him so well known in before years. He was condemned by his fans for “going Hollywood” and never again recording with E Street Band. As cheerful as he may have been in his own life, the mid 1990s were not Springsteen’s radiance days as a craftsman.
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.
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