Bruce Frederick Springsteen born to Douglas & Adele of Freehold, NJ. Bruce was later brought to the family home on Institute St.
Bruce signs on with his first manager, Mike Appel.
Auditions for Mike Hammond at Columbia records. Cuts a demo for Mary Queen of Arkansas which is the opening track on Tracks.
Signs with Columbia Records and begins to put together the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.
Debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, released.
Releases debut follow-up, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play a five night, sold-out, stand at the Bottom Line in New York City. The shows receive rave reviews and create a buzz in the music industry.
Born to Run released - history is made. Music critics rave about the album.
Bruce Springsteen makes the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines.
Lawsuit settled between Springsteen and Appel out of court. Appel wanted greater control of the band and tried to prevent Springsteen from making records with producer Jon Landau. Springsteen has filed the suit more than a year earlier.
Releases the Jon Landau produced album Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Releases double-album The River. The next day Hungry Heart is released as a single and hits number five on the chart - Springsteen's first ever top 10 popular hit.
Releases Nebraska to good reviews but luke warm sales.
Releases Born in the U.S.A.. Album spends four weeks at number one on the album charts. Four days later Springsteen starts his most successful tour ever with a surprise show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.
Vocalist Patti Scialfa joins the E Street Band.
Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance: Dancing in the Dark.
Marries actress/model Julianne Philips in Oregon state.
Releases the first ever "box set", Live/1975-85. The box set is available as five LPs, three CDs or cassette tapes.
Releases Tunnel of Love. This is the last original material album with the E Street Band to date.
Julianne Phillips files for divorce.
Plays opening show for the Amnesty International tour at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. This tour marks the last time Springsteen plays with the E Street band until the 1999 Tracks tour.
Divorce with Julianne Phillips finalized.
People magazine reports that Springsteen has "fired" the E Street Band.
Evan James born to Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa in Los Angeles.
Marries Patti Scialfa at their Beverly Hills mansion.
Daughter Jessica Rae is born to Patti and Bruce again in Los Angeles.
Releases Human Touch and Lucky Town as two separate albums. Both receive cold reviews.
To promote his new albums, Springsteen makes his network television debut on Saturday Night Live.
To further promote his new albums, Springsteen plays MTV Unplugged but insists he plays electric. Bruce plays only Red Headed Woman acoustically. Records In Concert/MTV Unplugged.
On David Letterman's last show on NBC's Late Night, Springsteen is a guest and plays Glory Days for the audience. Letterman seems genuinely touched by the performance.
Third child, Sam Ryan, born to Patti and Bruce.
Streets of Philadelphia wins an Oscar for Best Original Song from the film Philadelphia. In his acceptance speech, Bruce says, "Thanks for inviting me to your party."
Streets of Philadelphia wins three Grammys: Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song.
Releases Greatest Hits - CD immediately goes to number one and includes never before released tracks recorded with the E Street Band including Murder Inc. and Blood Brothers.
Releases The Ghost of Tom Joad. Springsteen begins solo acoustic tour.
The Ghost of Tom Joad wins Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Springsteen's father, Douglas Springsteen, dies of cancer.
Releases the four CD set Tracks. Speculation mounts concerning an E Street Band reunion and tour.
European tour dates announced for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Reunion Tour. The tour will start in Barcelona Spain on April 9. The tour will hit the States in mid-July with a 15 night stand in New Jersey and will continue into 2000.
Springsteen is inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame by U2's Bono.
March 18 & 19
Springsteen and the E Street band surprise fans by playing two practice shows in Convention Hall, Asbury Park. Fans rave about the new version of Youngstown and The River that will become regular features of the reunion tour.
The day after Springsteen's 50th birthday, he starts the show at the Philadelphia Spectrum by playing a tape for the audience sent to his mother by a family friend. The tape is of an older woman singing a silly song about turning 50. Bruce and the band then tear into the tour premier of Growin' Up. The show continues with such rarities as Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?, The Fever, and Blinded By The Light.
Springsteen and The E Street Band end their Reunion tour with a ten night stand at New York's MSG (the last three shows are video taped by a camera crew). On the last night, Bruce ends the shows with Blood Brothers including a new third verse written especially for the tour. Bruce says, "We'll be seeing ya." as he and the band leave the stage.
Releases Live in New York City - a double CD recorded during the last two nights of the Reunion Tour. This package is the soundtrack for the HBO live concert and future DVD release. It debuts at number five on the Billboard chart. Bruce shows up unexpectedly at Jack Music in Red Bank, NJ, at midnight to meet over 200 fans who come out to be the first to purchase the new live set. Everyone gets their new CD signed by the man himself.