5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bruce Springsteen

On January 5, 1973, Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," was released to the delight of music lovers all over the country. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about “The Boss.”...


He Won Both an Oscar And a Golden Globe Rock stars usually don’t win either of the above awards and actors seldom do, so these are major achievements for Springsteen. In 1994, he won ‘Best Song Oscar’ for “Streets of Philadelphia” from the movie Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. He won the Golden Globe for the title song “The Wrestler,” the sports drama starring Mickey Rourke.

He Invaded Graceland to Meet Elvis 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.


His Only #1 Track Occurred When Another Band Covered Him At the top of his game, during the 70s and 80s, Springsteen was a force to be reckoned with. However, he never could quite clench the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. His best performance on the chart was in 1984 when his hit track “Dancing In The Dark” clocked in at #2. Ironically, when Mannfed Mann’s Earth Band did a Springsteen cover of “Blinded By the Light,” which was the opening track of his debut album “Greeting From Ashbury Park, N.J,” it actually hit the number #1 spot in 1977. Until now, the song remains the biggest hit of the band. When he appeared on VH1’s Storytellers in 2005, Springsteen acknowledge how interesting it was that his only number one hit actually came from someone else’s version of his song.

Springsteen Was Turned Down for Service in the Military Springsteen received his draft notice at age 19 and reported for his induction. However, he failed the physical because of a head injury he had suffered at age 17 in a motorcycle accident. He admitted to Rolling Stone magazine that he acted crazy at the induction and that, in addition to the previous head injury, caused the military to classify him as 4-F. That ensured he never served in Vietnam.

The Origin of His Famous Nickname Most people tend to refer to Bruce Springsteen simply as “The Boss.” However, very few are familiar with the origin of this nickname, let alone the fact that he didn’t like the name in the first place and had to warm to it with time. Springsteen actually got the nickname during his club days, long before he gained the status of a big recording superstar. He was given the responsibility of collecting the band’s compensation from club owners and dispensing it among the other members of the band afterwards. He disliked the term “the Boss” due to his disgust for bosses, and while he had to get used to it sooner rather than later, the nickname never subsided.