#RespectYourElders: Bruce Springsteen (born 1949) is an award-winning American singer and songwriting legend known for being one of the best-selling artists in modern history. In addition to selling millions of records, Springsteen has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Most recently, he’s starring in his own show on Broadway, called “Springsteen on Broadway.”
Springsteen started his music career with an $18 guitar and a big dream. With the support of his mother, he then went on to play guitar and sing for the Castiles, mainly on the Jersey Shore. From then on, Springsteen performed with a variety of bands including Earth, Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom & and the Sonic Boom, Sundance Blues Band, Bruce Springsteen Band and the E Street Band.
Almost a decade after his first guitar, Springsteen and the E Street Band was signed to Columbia Records in 1972 and released their first big album, “Born to Run.” Its namesake song would go on to be named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Springsteen is also known for his socially and politically conscious lyrics. In fact, many of his common themes included working class struggles. His lyrics were also known for allowing the listener to make their own interpretation, whether in the context of the time period, record or individual song.
Today, Springsteen has 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award and millions of fans to his name. If you want to learn more, take a glimpse into his current show on Broadway, “Springsteen on Broadway.”