Bruce Ferederick Joseph Springsteen
1949 - Bruce Ferederick Joseph Springsteen, born on the 23rd of September in Long Branch, New York.
1956 - He had been inspired to take up music at the age of seven after seeing Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1962 - At 13, he bought his first guitar for $18.
1965 - His mother took out a loan to buy the 16 year old Springsteen a $60 Kent guitar, an event he memorializes in his song "The Wish".
- He went to the house of Tex and Marion Vinyard, who sponsored young bands in town.
1969 - 1971 - Performed around New Jersey with Steve Van Zandt, Danny Federici and Vini Lopez in a band called Child, later renamed Steel Mill.
1972 - Signed a record deal withColumbia Records, with the help of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same record label a decade earlier.
1973 - His debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey, released in January.
- His second album, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, came out again to critical acclaim but no commercial success.
1975 - He and the E Street Band began a five-night, 10-show stand at New York's Bottom Line club; it attracted major media attention, was broadcast live on WNEW-FM.
1982 - Suddenly veered off the normal rock career course, following The River with the stark solo acoustic Nebraska.
1984 - Probably is best known for his album Born in the U.S.A., which sold 15 million copies in the U.S. alone and became one of the best-selling albums of all time with seven singles hitting the top 10.
1986 - Live/1975-85, a five-record box set (also released on three cassettes or three CDs), was released.
1987 - Released the much more sedate and contemplative Tunnel of Love.
1988 - Relationship with E Street Band backup singer Patti Scialfa became public.
1989 - He dissolved the E Street Band, and he and Scialfa relocated to California.
1991 - Married Scialfa and they had three children.
1992 - Released two albums at once. Human Touch and Lucky Town were even more introspective than any of his previous work.
1995 - After temporarily re-organizing the E Street Band for a few new songs recorded for his first Greatest Hits album (a recording session that was chronicled in the documentary Blood Brothers), he released his second (mostly) solo guitar album, The Ghost of Tom Joad.
2000 - His Reunion Tour with the E Street Band ended with a triumphant 10-night, sold-out engagement at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
2002 - Released his first studio effort with the full band in 18 years, The Rising, produced by Brendan O'Brien.
2003 - At the Grammy Awards, he performed The Clash's "London Calling" along with Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and E Street Band member Steven van Zandt in tribute to the late Joe Strummer.
2004 - Announced that he and the E Street Band would participate in a politically motivated "Vote for Change" tour, in conjunction with John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, the Dixie Chicks, R.E.M., Jurassic 5, Dave Matthews Band, Jackson Browne and other musicians.
2005 - Devils & Dust was released.
2006 - Released his latest album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, an American roots music project focused around a big folk sound treatment of 15 songs popularized by the radical musical activism of Pete Seeger.
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