Fast Facts

  • Received his first guitar at age 9 as a gift from his mother.
  • Signed a 10-album deal with Columbia in June 1972 at the age of 22 after auditioning for legendary music executive John Hammond, who also discovered Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan.
  • First two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (1973), didn't sell particularly well at first, but the buzz about his third, Born to Run (1975), was so great that he was famously on the covers of both Time and Newsweek the same week in October 1975. 
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Was part of the inaugural class inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2008. 
  • Made his first arena appearance at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in 1973, opening for the band Chicago. He played there a total of 35 times, which included performances in the spring and fall of 2009, the final year the Spectrum held events before its demolition.
  • Was one of the honorees at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
  • Is often a surprise guest at the annual Asbury Park, NJ, Light of Day concerts, which raise money to battle Parkinson's disease.
  • In 2010, released The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, which included a reissue of his 1978 album, previously unreleased outtakes, a documentary about making the album and DVDs of live performances.
  • Helped E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt celebrate the ninth anniversary of Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show by making his debut appearance on the show in April 2011.

Awards

  • 2002, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2006, Grammy — Best Long Form Music Video: Winner
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 1987, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Rock Album: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 1986, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Contemporary Folk Album: Winner
  • 2003, Grammy — Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2006, Grammy — Best Traditional Folk Album: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner

Relationships

  • Douglas Springsteen — Father
  • Julianne Phillips — Ex-wife
  • Sam Ryan Springsteen — Son
  • Jessica Springsteen — Daughter
  • Patti Scialfa — Wife
  • Adele Springsteen — Mother
  • Evan James Springsteen — Son
  • Virginia Springsteen — Sister
  • Pamela Springsteen — Sister

College

  • Attended Ocean County Community College, Toms River, New Jersey, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
  • Birth Place: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
  • Birthday: September 23, 1949, Virgo
  • Profession: Musician, Singer, Songwriter

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