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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1970

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

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1973

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

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1975

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

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1975

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

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1976

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

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1978

Surrounded by fans at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.

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1984

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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1985

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

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1985

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

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1985

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

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1987

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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1990

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

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1993

On stage in Germany.

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1995

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

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1999

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

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2004

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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2005

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

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2009

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

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2012

Goofing around at the Grammy Awards with Paul McCartney.

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2012

Campaigning with President Barack Obama in Madison, Wisconsin.

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2012

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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2014

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

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2016

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

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2017

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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