Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen born September 23, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is both a solo artist and the leader of the E Street Band. A native of the Jersey Shore , he received critical acclaim for his early s albums and attained worldwide fame upon the release of Born to Run in During a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen has become known for his poetic and socially conscious lyrics and lengthy, energetic stage performances, earning the nickname "The Boss". Born in the U. Seven of its singles reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot including the title track , which was a bitter commentary on the treatment of Vietnam veterans — some of whom were Springsteen's friends.
Bruce Springsteen is one of the most prolific songwriters in music history. Everyone gets the blues sometimes. To be fair, no one would expect that a rock star in his 60s, still selling out football stadiums worldwide, still making relevant records and seemingly always finding new audiences, to suffer from depression. And if he can ask for help, so can you. The title track is a tale of a soldier, presumably fighting in Iraq, who wants to do the right thing, while not getting killed. After all, the guy deserves some happiness. Listening to the out-of-print remix today, it feels hauntingly prescient; if we might have thought that cable television -- and cable news -- was getting overwhelming back in The narrator, like Booth, lives alone, not far from Hollywood, but in a different world from the glamour and glitz. This is a bittersweet song that still has room for a wistful smile. On his tour, Bruce and guitarist Shane Fontayne had some epic guitar duels during this song, and there have also been some great versions with Bruce, Steven Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren in the decades since the E Street Band reunited.
As a Bruce fanatic myself, I was positive that I would hate my own list. The man simply has too many songs that mean a lot to me. How could I possibly arrange them in a satisfying order? Nevertheless, I charged forward. I immediately realized that my original plan to pick 50 songs was woefully inadequate. Bruce recorded 50 songs many of them great for just one record, The River. I had to play my equivalent of a marathon four-hour concert, which meant writing more than 12, words! Before we get started, a few crucial notes: I own my prejudices. Bruce and Clarence mugging for the camera during the outro is a tonic. Years before he was an arena attraction, Springsteen famously cut his teeth in clubs, playing long and winding jam vehicles like this one.
In the 41 years since the release of his debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, N. Wrecking Ball , Over military drum taps, Springsteen sings about a homeless vet who hides out with other men like him at a California campsite, trying to avoid the highway patrol and his own memories. Magic , Tunnel of Love , The song became a centerpiece of the tour, with a long introduction co-starring Clemons and set on a park bench. The first time Springsteen met John Hammond, the legendary talent scout asked whether he had any songs that he would never perform live. Springsteen responded with this cowboy ballad about a town where Jesus is the sheriff and the Virgin Mary runs the Holy Grail Saloon. Few songs give a better sense of what the earliest incarnations of the group sounded like live. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery and additional Obituaries of