People of the Jersey Shore
Of all the celebrities who call The New Jersey Shore “Home”, the man who made the most impact on Rock & Roll history is Bruce Springsteen. Born in 1949 at Monmouth Medical in Long Branch, NJ and raised in Freehold, Bruce had his start playing the local New Jersey Shore bar scene in Asbury Park and other small towns along the shore. His debut album with the E Street Band, “Greetings from Asbury Park NJ” was a critical success, regardless of poor sales. His follow up ten months later, “The Wild, The Innocent & The E-Street Shuffle” was also critically acclaimed and produced such Rock anthems as “Rosalita” and local NJ Shore favorite “4th of July, Asbury Park”.
Wild success followed Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in the mid 1970’s with the release of “Born to Run” culminating with Bruce being the first person in history to land on the cover of Newsweek & Time during the same week in 1975. “Born to Run”, “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and “The River”, released in 1981, are all albums that ensconced Bruce Springsteen in the category of iconic folk rock & roll luminaries such as Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison.
The release of “Born in the USA” in 1985 introduced Bruce Springsteen to a whole new fan base: masses of music fans who listen to hit radio that play mainly Billboard Top Hundred. Worldwide sales of “Born in the USA” hit the stratosphere, and nowhere were people more proud of their hometown hero than in Freehold, NJ and the New Jersey Shore.
Bruce Springsteen resides at the New Jersey Shore in Monmouth County, NJ with his wife Patti Scialfa, and their three children. Patti, originally from the NJ Shore seaside town of Deal, was also a local musician before meeting Bruce. She is currently a member of the E-Street Band, playing guitar and singing backup.