Happy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen who was ‘Born In the USA’ 70 years old today.
The New Jersey singer-songwriter’s upcoming film, Western Stars, takes him into new creative frontiers as a co-director exploring his troubled past through the lens of the recent LP of the same name. “The older you get, the heavier that baggage becomes that you haven’t sorted through,” says The Boss in his latest cinematic release due out in October. “I still have days when I struggle with it.” He talks about his psychic ghosts and broken pieces with an honesty born only in old age.
“Aging is scary but fascinating, and great talent morphs in strange and often enlightening ways,” wrote Springsteen in his 2016 best-selling memoir Born to Run. The book inspired his Tony Award-winning play, Springsteen on Broadway, which featured the Boss baring his life story, set to song and monologue which ran for more than a year through December 2018. WATCH the new film trailer for Western Stars… (1949)
Springsteen has been candid about his struggles with mental illness, which runs in his family and for which he takes medications that have helped.
During a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen became known for his poetic and socially conscious lyrics and epic 3-hour stage performances, playing songs that often address the struggles of working-class Americans. (Or English youth, as was portrayed in the film, Blinded By the Light.)
Bruce’s music has had an impact not only on the millions of fans who’ve bought his records but on artists who cite him as a major influence, including the singers of Pearl Jam, The Killers, U2, and Arcade Fire, along with Melissa Etheridge, who credits the LP Born to Run with changing her life—and calls Jungleland her all-time favorite song.
His best-known songs include Born to Run, Thunder Road, and Badlands in the 70s, Hungry Heart, Dancing in the Dark, Born in the U.S.A. and Glory Days in the 80s, and Human Touch and Streets of Philadelphia in the 90s. He has won 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a recently the Tony. He is now looking ahead to getting the E Street Band back together, with new songs he’s written for a “really good rock band record.”
MORE Good News on this Day:
- American commander John Paul Jones was said to have declared, “I have not yet begun to fight!” during a Revolutionary War naval battle (1779)
- Ray Charles, the American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who was blind since childhood and pioneered the genre of soul music by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, was born (1930)
- Saudi Arabia National Day celebrates unification (1932)
- Silent movie star Charlie Chaplin returned to his native England after 21 years (1952)
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City opened its first venue, Philharmonic Hall — now Avery Fisher Hall (1962)
- The Jetsons first aired, a Hanna-Barbera cartoon and the first color series of the ABC TV network (1962)
- The Box Tops started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Letter’, one of the most recognizable pop songs, which sold over four million copies, earned two Grammy nominations, and became a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker (1967)
- Mozilla’s Firefox web browser (the fastest and safest browser until Chrome came along) was born: version 0.1 (2002)
And, on this day in 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis from their groundbreaking exploration to the Pacific Northwest during which they mapped the land and established friendship and trade with at least two dozen indigenous nations.
Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the Army volunteers commanded by Captain Meriwether Lewis and close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark, endured the perilous expedition for more than two years, mapping a route to the Pacific Ocean and studying the area’s plants, animals, and geography. They met Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who traveled with the group and was reunited with her long lost brother, a tribal leader who played a pivotal role in aiding the expedition’s travel over the Rocky Mountains.
Happy 76th Birthday to Spanish singer and songwriter Julio Iglesias. The Grammy-award winner in 2013 was the Latin artist who sold the most records in history and is one of the top ten record sellers in music history, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide in 14 languages. During his career he has played more than 5000 concerts for over 60 million people, and is the most popular international artist in China, Brazil, France, Romania, Italy, and others. WATCH a duet with Willie Nelson, performing To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before… (1943)
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