Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on this very day in 1949 and the world has never been the same. Here are some fun facts about everybody’s favorite boss:
The Jersey rocker was actually first influenced by fellow Garden State crooner Frank Sinatra, after hearing him on the radio. Later, and more fittingly, it was Elvis Presley who gave the young Springsteen the music bug.
In 1965, Springsteen’s mother borrowed $60 to buy her 16-year-old son a Kent guitar. He was so moved by this that he later wrote about it in “The Wish.”
?From presidents (Barack Obama) to punk rockers (Joe Strummer of The Clash) Bruce’s fans run the gamut.
The Boss has won 20 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Bruce originally wrote his 1980 hit "Hungry Heart" for The Ramones but was advised by his manager to keep it for himself.
Springsteen was the recipient of the 200??9 Kennedy Center Honors—an annual celebration of those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.
Bruce broke box office records for his show Springsteen on Broadway and won a special Tony.
Springsteen's latest album, Letter to You, is his 21st Top 10 album on the Billboard charts.
So in honor of The Boss and all he’s given to us, why not up your Bruce game and reach a little higher than your plain old concert tee from ’87. So to celebrate his birthday, we’ve scoured the internet to find the best Bruce Springsteen birthday merch out there, from cool wall art and coffee mugs (who wouldn’t want to start the day with a fresh cup of joe and The Boss?) to a chic stamped cuff bracelet and cute kids’ tees. Get ready to shop like a boss!