Bruce Springsteen. Bruce Springsteen's working class roots in New Jersey are chronicled in his music and songs. He was inspired to take up music when he, at the age of seven, saw Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948). When he was 13, he bought his first guitar for $18. His mother took out a loan when Bruce was 16 and bought him a Kent guitar for $60. Springsteen served as a pivotal figure in the evolution of popular music with his rise to prominence in the mid-70s.
Springsteen served as a pivotal figure in its evolution with his rise to prominence in the mid-Seventies. - See more at: http://rockhall.com/inductees/bruce-springsteen/bio/#sthash.XZ9x35zT.dpuf
1984 Bruce Springsteen released the album, 'Born In The USA', which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen's most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814).
Bruce Springsteen has been The Boss since long before "Born in the U.S.A." was released on June 4, 1984. But it was that album, which would go on to sell 30 million copies and spawn seven top 10 singles, that made him America's pre-eminent rock icon, an arena-ready showstopper.
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Tidbit of Springsteen's Biography...
An outsider and recluse in school, Springsteen frequently got in trouble at his Catholic elementary school. "In the third grade, a nun stuffed me in a garbage can under her desk because she said that's where I belonged," he said. "I also had the distinction of being the only altar boy knocked down by a priest during mass." Several years later, he skipped his own high school graduation because he felt too uncomfortable to attend.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...