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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 2009 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!
Even if you’re just from New Jersey in spirit, you can still rock this fun tee.
Baby, you were born to run. Now you can show everyone with a cool, totally stackable cuff.
This super fun read takes you through all the meanings behind the legendary songs. Great for a rainy day!
Shop it: The Stories Behind the Songs, by Brian Hiatt, $29, amazon.com
Who needs milk when you’ve got Bruce? Drink your morning coffee or tea with a dose of the Boss!
Shop it: Got Bruce? Mug, $23, amazon.com
Another great tee commemorating one of Bruce’s most iconic albums—with a super-soft vintage feel.
Let your favorite baby in on the birthday excitement with a funny Bruce-inspired onesie.
A soft white tee shows your love for the boss with his iconic Born in The USA cover, perfectly faded to look like you’ve had it for years.
Read all about Bruce in his own words with his memoir, Born to Run (there’s also a cool audio version that he narrates himself!)
Start ‘em young with a graphic tee featuring—you guessed it— the almighty Boss.
Show your love with a Bruce guitar tee that looks great for weekend casual. PS: you can customize it with a name or logo.
Happy birthday Bruce, we love you!
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