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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1999
Songwriters Hall of Fame
-- inducted 1999
singing about working class life and American heartache and touring
endlessly, Bruce Springsteen has become one of the most respected
and successful musicians in the world.
Bruce grew up in a working-class family in New Jersey.
He fell in love with the rock and roll sound, but also found out that
his father was not crazy about his rock ambitions. Much of his early
work reflects his conflicts with his father, but most especially his
After not finding much success after high school in New York City, Bruce
played with a string of bands in the New Jersey area, including the
Castiles, the Togues, Dr. Soom, and the Sonic Boom. Eventually he hooked
up with a popular club band called the E-Street Band (Clarence Clemons,
Steve Van Zandt, Danny Federici, Roy Bittan, Gary Tallent, and Max
Weinberg) and signed with Columbia Records in 1972.
Together in 1973, they released "Greetings From
Asbury Park, N.J." and "The Wild,
The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle." The LPs weren't
commercial hits, but gained Bruce Springsteen critical attention. While touring in
Chicago, Bruce and the E-Street Band began to make a name for themselves
and were finding a following by continuing their live performances and
staying true to rock. Bruce had become known as the "new
Bruce Springsteen made it into the mainstream
music scene in 1975 after 10 years of playing local clubs. His LP,
"Born To Run," was his first commercial hit LP and critics
applauded his rock base and strong lyrics. The LP went Top 10 and the
title track made the Top 40. Bruce had been hailed as the "savior
of rock and roll" and made the covers of Time and Newsweek and
played live in bigger venues.
For the next few years, Bruce had to battle with his
management over his music. By the time Bruce's next LP, "Darkness
At The Edge Of Town," was released in 1978, Bruce was competing
with "the new wave" sound and Springsteen-wannabes. The LP was
a modest hit and continued his ability to tell stories while giving a
rock performance with "The Promised Land" and
In 1980, Bruce released the Number 1 LP, "The
River," and made it into the Top 10 with "Hungry Heart."
Even though the LP was a double-LP, "The River" was a commercial hit.
In 1982, Bruce released "Nebraska" which
many considered an experimental LP with its raw sound and down-to-basics
form. The LP was a sharp departure from his usual work, but was embraced
again by critics and Bruce's loyal fans.
In 1984, Bruce released his best-selling LP,
In The U.S.A.," which eventually sold more than 15
million copies in the U.S. and is the 7th best-selling LP in U.S.
history. The LP spawned 7 Top 10 hits including his Number 1 hit,
"Dancing In The Dark." Bruce also hit it big with the songs
"I'm On Fire," "Glory Days," "My
Hometown," "I'm Goin' Down," "Cover Me" and the title track.
Bruce's audience stretched across music tastes and age
In The U.S.A." was also named the 6th Best
Album of the 80s by Rolling Stone. The power of the music and the
popularity of the videos kept Bruce on tour for more than 2 years,
during which he married Julianne Phillips (in 1985, divorced in 1989).
In 1984, Bruce also won a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal
Performance for "Dancing In The Dark." In 1985, Bruce's videos
were awarded at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video
("I'm On Fire") and Best Stage Performance In A Video
("Dancing In The Dark").
Bruce's superstar status is largely due to his live
performances. He is known for playing over 3 hours per show, and never
letting up. He rewarded many of his fans in 1986 by releasing a 5-LP
concert LP of his many tours over the years: "Live 1975-85."
The LP debuted at Number 1 and although the hype of the set affected
later sales, the LP was considered a must for any serious rock music fan.
In 1987, Bruce released "Tunnel
which contained the Top 10 hits "Brilliant Disguise,"
"One Step Up" and "Tunnel Of Love." The LP found
more popularity with the VH-1 crowd than the MTV crowd, but continued
Bruce's commercial and critical success. Bruce's lyrics had focused away
from blue-collar life struggles and focused more on emotional turmoil.
By 1992, Bruce had toured for a few years, married
Patti Scialfa (a former singer with the E Street Band, 1991), and told
the E Street Band he was moving on with other backup performers (in
1989). The dissolving of the E Street Band was an effort to expand
Bruce's collaborative efforts.
In 1992, Bruce simultaneously released "Human
Touch" and "Lucky Town." The LPs were marginal hits but
were over-shadowed by other up-and-coming acts. The same year, Bruce
performed on MTV Unplugged and released an LP of the performance in
Europe the following year (a U.S. release wasn't available until 1997).
In 1994, Bruce recorded a song for Philadelphia about
a gay man dying of AIDS: "Streets Of Philadelphia." The song
was a Top 10 hit and won Bruce an Academy Award and gave the AIDS fight
a lyrical voice on the radio. "Streets Of Philadelphia" also
won Bruce 4 Grammy Awards in 1995: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance,
Best Rock Song, Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture or
For Television, and Song Of The Year. The video for the song also won an
MTV Video Music Award in 1994 for Best Video From a Film.
Bruce released his "Greatest Hits" in 1995
with a few new tracks with the E Street Band including "Secret
Garden" and "Murder Incorporated." Bruce returned to his
folk roots with the release of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" the
same year. The LP was not a commercial success but allowed Bruce to play
music he admired and give folk music a boost. The LP did win Bruce a
Grammy Award the following year for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
In 1997, Bruce was on radio airwaves again when
"Secret Garden" was used in the movie "Jerry
McGuire." Also in
September, 1997, Bruce's "In Concert / MTV Plugged" was
released in the U.S. Previously, the LP was only available as an import.
The LP is a collection of 13 songs from Bruce's appearance on MTV
Unplugged in which he "plugged in" and played electric.
Bruce can also be heard on other compilation LPs and
soundtracks including: "No Nukes" (1980), "We Are The
World" (1985), "Sun City" (1985), "Folkways - Vision
Shared" (1988), "For Our Children" (1991), "A
Tribute To Curtis Mayfield" (1993), and the "Dead Man
Walking" soundtrack (1996, for which he received another Academy
"One Step Up, Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce
Springsteen," a tribute double-LP to Bruce Springsteen's music by
artists such as David Bowie,
Ben E. King,
Joe Cocker, and
Donna Summer was released in September 1997.
Hit songs include --
- Brilliant Disguise
- Human Touch
- My Hometown
- Tunnel of Love
- Better Days
- Dancing In The Dark
- One Step Up
- Cover Me
- Glory Days
- Streets of Philadelphia
- I'm On Fire
- All That Heaven Will Allow
- Hungry Heart
- Secret Garden
- 57 Channels (An Nothin' On)
- Roll Of The Dice
- Cover Me
- Born In The U.S.A.
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