The Most Iconic Moments From Bruce Springsteen’s Career
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Bruce Springsteen has been making music for over half a century, and he keeps releasing new music, climbing the charts, and giving fans a good dose of iconography that draws new fans in. Springsteen remains one of the greatest acts of all time, selling millions of albums, and remaining his legacy even in today’s generation. We all love a good look at something so iconic as this, so without further ado, let’s take a good look at the most iconic moments from The Boss’ career.
Springsteen tries out for John Hammond and Columbia Records
John Hammond’s history of making important musical discoveries is extensive. Among his proteges are Bob Dylan and Billie Holiday. In 1972, Springsteen’s first manager, Mike Appel, arranged for him to try out for Hammond. Despite Appel’s gushing praise for a very green Springsteen, Hammond was first unimpressed by him until he heard him perform.
When Springsteen drops his Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Album
As a means of protecting as much of Columbia Records’ advance as possible, Springsteen and Appel recorded the bulk of what would become Springsteen’s debut album at the inexpensive 914 Sound Studios. The album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., was released that same year.
Born to Run was Released
After the moderate success of Asbury Park and The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, Springsteen released Born to Run, which catapulted him into the mainstream and resulted in multi-platinum album sales in the United States. Even now, the album stands as one of rock’s all-time greats and a zenith in Springsteen’s discography.
Springsteen’s Fame Start to Manifest
During the same week that Born to Run was released, Springsteen was on the covers of both Time and Newsweek. Shortly after, he plays a ten-show run in New York’s Bottom Line club, where he receives rave reviews from the press. “Those three things made him a star,” says Jeff Burger, the editor of Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters.
Bruce Springsteen Performs Live at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1975
In 1975, to promote the release of Born to Run, Springsteen and the E Street Band gave a concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. With this show, Springsteen expanded his fan base over the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. In 2006, the show was documented on film and released alongside a live album.
The Release of Born in the U.S.A.
If Born to Run was the spark that set Springsteen’s career on fire, Born in the U.S.A. was the explosion that made him a household name. The albums he released in between Born in the U.S.A. and Nebraska demonstrated that the boss wasn’t going to stick to a formula. The album’s message connected with many people, as seen by the 15 million copies sold in the United States alone.
The Boss Releases “Dancing in the Dark”
In addition to “Born in the U.S.A.,” another single from the album, “Dancing in the Dark,” has been a mainstay of Springsteen’s career. After hearing the album, producer Jon Landau was concerned that there wasn’t a surefire smash on there and urged Springsteen to write another song. “Dancing in the Dark” was written by Springsteen as a practice if he could write a fantastic single for an album. 90’s babe, Courtney Cox, was featured in Bruce’s MV for the song.
Springsteen takes home an Academy Award for his song “Streets of Philadelphia”
Springsteen, an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, composed Philadelphia’s theme song in 1993. Springsteen ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his contribution to the project.
He Released Letters To You
Letters to You, Springsteen’s most recent studio album, is more proof of his enduring popularity. For his latest number-one album, Springsteen abandons his rebellious youth to reflect on growing old and dying.
In New Jersey, Springsteen and Paul McCartney Performed Together
Springsteen has been making music for nearly 50 years, and we love the idea of him collaborating with fellow legends. We’ll wrap up by discussing Springsteen and McCartney’s recent performance together at the New Jersey concert of the former Beatle. The two sang “I Wanna Be Your Man” by the Beatles and “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen.