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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Happy birthday to Bruce Springsteen! Today the Boss turns 71.

Image: Bruce Springsteen / Takahiro Kyono, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Beach, New Jersey to Douglas Frederick Springsteen and Adele Zerilli. He was raised in a working class household. His father worked various jobs from bus driver to mill worker while his mother worked as a legal secretary. Springsteen fell in love with rock and roll as a child after watching Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. He got his first guitar at the age of 7 and didn’t look back.

In 1975, Springsteen skyrocketed to fame with the release of his third album, Born to Run. Then in 1985, Springsteen released what is probably considered to be his best known album, Born in the U.S.A. The album would become one of the best-selling albums of all time with over 30 million copies sold.

With more than 150 million records sold worldwide, Springsteen is one of the world’s best-selling artists. In 2016, Springsteen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

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