On June 4, 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the record "Born In The U.S.A." which would soon become his biggest-selling album of all time. Here are 5 things you might not know about the singer and songwriter nicknamed “The Boss.”
There Really is an E Street Belmar, New Jersey, is the location of E Street and is the same name as Springsteen's band. According to Springsteen lore, the band took its name from the street because original keyboard player David Sancious' mother lived there and allowed the band to rehearse in her house. E Street has been a photo-op over the years for Springsteen fans from around the world. An eight-foot-high replica of Bruce Springsteen's legendary Fender Esquire guitar is on display at the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street in Belmar.
He Wrote "Fire" For Elvis Presley
In May of 1977, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt attended an Elvis Presley concert in Philadelphia. Springsteen reportedly wrote "Fire" a few days later and sent the demo to Elvis that summer, hoping The King would record it. Unfortunately, Elvis died that August, so Springsteen gave the song to Robert Gordon. Gordon's version of the song was covered by The Pointer Sisters, who made it a hit in 1979.
He Originally Wrote Hungry Heart For The Ramones When Springsteen met Joey Ramone in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Ramone asked him to write a song for The Ramones. Springsteen composed "Hungry Heart" that night, but decided to keep it for himself on the advice of his producer and manager, Jon Landau. Previously, upbeat and catchy Springsteen songs such as "Blinded by the Light", "Because the Night", and "Fire" had been given away and become hits for others, and Landau preferred the trend not continue. The title is drawn from a line in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem "Ulysses": "For always roaming with a hungry heart".
He Invaded Graceland At the peak of his career, Elvis Presley had grown to be a favorite among many fans. Many people had tried to hop over the wall into his Graceland home to meet him, but very few are as famous as Bruce Springsteen. Bruce tried to make his way into the compound in 1976 to meet his hero, but was met with security who informed him that Elvis was not in town.
There's a Springsteen Muppet "Sesame Street" has performed several parodies of Bruce Springsteen songs including the songs "Barn in the U.S.A." and "Born to Add." The tunes have been performed by a Muppet named Bruce Stringbean who is backed by the S Street Band.