Happy Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

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  • Bruce Springsteen, one of the most enduring performers in the history of rock’n’ roll, turns 62 today. And believe it or not, it’s been 27 years since we rocked out to his landmark album “Born In the USA.” Here are some things you might not know about The Boss.

    He Goes Beyond Rock'N'Roll

    He’s a big fan of classic disco queen Donna Summer and wrote “Cover Me,” one of his better-known songs, just for her. But Springsteen’s record company talked him into doing it himself.
  • He Was A Troublemaker As a rambunctious, unruly kid, Springsteen had a rough time in the Catholic school he attended. “I had the distinction of being the only alter boy knocked down by a priest during Mass,” he once said. To everyone's relief, he later transferred to public school.
  • He Worships Elvis Springsteen’s a big fan of Elvis Presley, and was reportedly inspired to begin a musical career after seeing Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show. “He was as big as the whole country, Springsteen has said. "Nothing will ever take the place of that guy.”
  • He Got Angry When His Lyrics Were Misinterpreted Although his signature power-rock song “Born In The USA” was widely interpreted as being a conservative patriotic anthem, the lyrics of the song are about the neglect Vietnam War veterans suffered on returning home. Just to make sure no one makes that mistake again, Springsteen, who was angered by the misunderstanding, now performs it solely in an acoustic version.
  • He Gives Jersey Some Respect Born in Freehold, New Jersey, Springsteen loves the Garden State, especially its shore towns, where many of his songs take place. He also proudly announces in concert that he’s from “the great state of New Jersey.” No wonder that’s where his most ardent fans are.
  • He Won An Oscar Between 1984 and 2009, he’s won 20 Grammies – and one Oscar, for his song “Streets Of Philadelphia.” The song, about a gay man who was dying of AIDS, was used in the 1993 movie “Philadelphia,” starring Tom Hanks.
  • He's Got An Actor In The Band Steve Van Zandt, who played the muttering mobster Silvio Dante on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” is a long-time member of Springsteen’s E Street Band. For recording and performance purposes, he's known as Little Steven.
  • His Drummer Played For Conan O'Brien Max Weinberg, Springsteen’s drummer, also headed the house band for talk show host Conan O’Brien for 14 years.
  • His Two Wives Were In One Video Springsteen’s first wife, actress Julianne Phillips, and his second wife, singer Patti Scialfa, both appear in his “Glory Days” video. But not at the same time.
  • He's Come A Long Way From The Jersey Shore Springsteen and Scialfa have horse properties in New Jersey and Florida, and their daughter Jessica, 19, has been a ranked equestrian. (The couple also has two sons, Evan, 21, and Samuel, 17.)