Bruce Springsteen is one of the most successful musicians in the history of modern music. His album titled Born in the USA sold over 15 million copies and is one of the top selling albums of all time. Springsteen has received several Grammy Awards and also won an Academy Award for his song 'Streets of Philadelphia', which was the soundtrack for the move Philadelphia.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Springsteen claims he wanted to be a musician since the age of seven, when he saw Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. His mother got him his first guitar when he was 13, and paid only $18.00 for it. When he was 16 his mother got him an electric Kent guitar for $60. The price was a bit much for their budget, so she took out a loan to purchase the guitar for her son. Springsteen later wrote a song about the experience called 'The Wish.' In 1965 Marion and Tex Vinyard were sponsored young bands. They helped Springsteen become the lead guitarist of a group called The Castiles. Springsteen eventually also became the group's lead singer. The Castiles recorded a few songs at a public recording studio and played a few venues.
The E Street Band was created in 1972, when Springsteen got a recording deal with Columbia records. His first album was released in 1973 and was called Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. During the 1970s Springsteen was known as a songwriter who wrote big hits. The songs he wrote included Manfred Mann's Earth Band's hit song, 'Blinded by the Light.' 'Because of the Night' sung by Patti Smith climbed to number 13 on the charts and The Pointer Sisters song 'Fire' reached number 2 in 1979.
In 1984 Bruce Springsteen's album Born in the U.S.A was released. It remains one of the top selling albums ever to be released. Seven singles from the album in the music chart's Top 10. It was followed by a hugely successful concert tour. The 1990s were a time that Bruce Springsteen felt was a lost period for him. He felt he didn't do his best work. During this time he released his second solo guitar album called The Ghost of Tom Joad based on John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. During 1999 Springsteen was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Springsteen received a heartfelt letter from actor Mickey Rourke concerning the movie The Wrestler. That letter persuaded him to provide the song "The Wrestler" to the film for free. Springsteen received a Golden Globe Award for Best Song in 2009 for it. The halftime show during the Super Bowl on February 1, 2009 featured Bruce Springsteen. The promotional demands of the event led him to feel it was the busiest month of his life.
Rolling Stone magazine named Springsteen one of the eight Artists of the Decade. The success of his concert tours ranks him fourth for total concert grosses during the decade. Currently Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band are on tour through December of 2012.