Bruce Springsteen Photos over the years

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Legendary rock icon Bruce Springsteen has shown 20 studio albums in his career, recorded 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 released his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ in 1973. He really entered the national consciousness in 1975 when he fell Born to run, an iconic collection for the American music canon, and have stayed there for the past 40 years. Take a stroll down the memory path with these images of Springsteen from his heyday.

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

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

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

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

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

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Surrounded by fans at the Long Islands Nassau Coliseum.

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It’s a young Courteney Cox (aka Monica Gellar) on stage with Springsteen during the filming of the music video “Dancing in the Dark”.

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

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

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

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Maybe he should stick to the plaid buttons and jeans, because this shiny suit he was wearing with Bo Didley was … something else.

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

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

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

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Springsteen, who was always politically active, joined the stage with Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Eddie Vedder for the concert Vote for Change.

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

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

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Going around at the Grammy Awards with Paul McCartney.

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Campaign with President Barack Obama in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Along with another Jersey icon Jon Bon Jovi for the 12-12-12 concert in aid of Hurricane Sandy victims.

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

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

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During the opening night of his one-man show “Springsteen on Broadway.”

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