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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (Long Branch (New Jersey), September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer, guitarist and singer-songwriter. His nickname is The Boss. Douglas Frederick, Springsteen's father, was of Irish-Dutch and his mother (Adele Ann Zerilli) of Italian descent. From the 1960s onwards Springsteen played in multiple bands, including The Castiles, Steel Mill and Dr. Zoom and The Sonic Boom.
In 1972 the singer was discovered by John Hammond, who had already discovered Bob Dylan. Springsteen therefore signed a contract with Hammond's employer Columbia Records that year. His first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, was released in January 1973 and was named after the seaside town of Asbury Park, where he performed in small clubs early in his career.
Springsteen broke through with his third album: Born to run (August 1975). In the meantime Springsteen had (in 1974) changed the composition of his band, the E Street Band. The ranking became: Clarence Clemons on saxophone, Steve Van Zandt on guitar, Danny Federici on organ, Roy Bittan on piano, Garry Tallent on bass guitar and Max Weinberg on drums.
The critics were full of praise for Born to Run. Springsteen's music has been compared to the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, and its lyrics to that of Bob Dylan. Springsteen became a phenomenon. He was loved not only by his audience, but also by the major media. Springsteen, for example, appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and Newsweek at the same time.
The photos above were taken on November 23, 1975, when Bruce Springsteen and his E Street band performed in the Netherlands for the first time.
The concert took place in a Rai in Amsterdam that sold out weeks in advance during his Born to Run tour.