That’s Why They Call Him the Boss: Bruce Springsteen Through the Years

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Legendary rock icon Bruce Springsteen has turned out 20 studio albums in his career, racked up 20 Grammy Awards, won an Oscar for his song “Streets of Philadelphia” and a Tony Award for his Broadway show “Springsteen on Broadway.” (That’s why they call him The Boss, folks.) Born in Long Branch, NJ in 1949, he put out his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ in 1973. He really entered the national consciousness in 1975 when he dropped Born to Run, an iconic collection to the American music canon, and has stayed there for the 40 years since. Take a stroll down memory lane with these pictures of Springsteen from his glory days.

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When he was just a young rocker, three years before he even released his first studio album.

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A shaggier look debuted on the brink of his first album release.

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In Atlanta, Georgia before a concert at Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom.

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On stage with E Street Band members Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons.

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Springsteen and bandmate Steven “Little Steven” Van Zandt (who Sopranos fans should recognize) during a radio interview.

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Surrounded by fans at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.

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That’s a young Courteney Cox (aka Monica Gellar) on stage with Springsteen during the filming of the “Dancing in the Dark” music video.

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With drummer Max Weinberg on stage during the “Born in the USA” tour.

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Rocking his signature bandana while on stage during the “Born in the USA” tour.

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Springsteen and Clarence Clemons put on a show for the hometown crowd at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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Maybe he should stick to the plaid button downs and jeans, because this shiny suit he wore performing with Bo Didley was… something else.

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Attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with his then girlfriend (and now wife) Patti Scialfa.

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On stage in Germany.

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Singing “Forever Young” with Bob Dylan on stage during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert.

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On stage with the E Street Band during a show in the UK.

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Always politically active, Springsteen joined forces on stage with Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Eddie Vedder for the Vote for Change concert.

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Bruce and Bono together during a Rock and Roll Hall of fame performance.

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Rocking out with the E Street Band during the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show.

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Goofing around at the Grammy Awards with Paul McCartney.

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Campaigning with President Barack Obama in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Joined by another Jersey icon Jon Bon Jovi for the 12-12-12 concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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In Paris with wife Patti Scialfa and daughter Jessica Springsteen (who is now an Olympic medalist) at an equestrian show.

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Springsteen on stage with Steve Van Zandt and wife Patti Scialfa.

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During the opening night of his one-man show “Springsteen on Broadway.”

Angel Madison is a writer, editor, and crafter living in New Jersey with her teenage daughter and two cats.

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