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Bruce Springsteen

Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley enters the Billboard R'n'B Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1. The song has particular significance in the history of rock'n'roll because it is widely regarded as the first to have introduced African rhythms into rock through its adaptation of the insistent djouba rhythm, also known as The Hambone. This rhythm has inspired and formed the basis of numerous other rock recordings by artists including Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away, The Who's Magic Bus, Bruce Springsteen's She's the One, George Michael's Faith and Jealous Love by Anders Osborne, to name just a handful.
Serial killer Charles Starkweather is executed in the electric chair at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Starkweather's crimes will become the subject matter of the song Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen.
Chicago play the first night of a week at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. The entire week of shows is recorded and will be released as a 4-LP set entitled Chicago At Carnegie Hall. It will become the best-selling box set by a rock act, until 1986 when Bruce Springsteen releases the Live/1975-85 5 LP live box.
Bruce Springsteen's first British visit opens with a depressing show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, where he is so enraged by posters proclaiming 'Finally London is ready for Bruce Springsteen' that he tears them from the walls. UK critics are not impressed by the shows, with one hammering him as, "No more than a second or even third rate Dylan".
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Following a gig in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Bruce Springsteen goes to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and climbs over the wall. A guard, assuming him to be a crank fan, apprehends him.
After a show at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee, Bruce Springsteen endeavours to meet Elvis Presley by the unorthodox method of scaling the walls of Graceland. He is ejected by a security guard.
Bruce Springsteen records Stolen Car at The Power Station, New York City. On the same day, The Clash finally get a single, I Fought The Law, released in the USA.
Luxury casino and resort development Sun City is opened in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana, just outside the border of South Africa. The resort will become embroiled in international politics in 1985 when Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his music-industry activist group, Artists United Against Apartheid record the song Sun City, in which they vow never to perform at the resort because of its apartheid sympathies. Even so, artists including Queen, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Julio Iglesias, The O'Jays, Ray Charles, Boney M., Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and Laura Branigan did play at the Sun City Super Bowl.
Bruce Springsteen plays the second of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
A No Nukes benefit concert, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Gary 'US' Bonds and others, takes place at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bruce Springsteen plays at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
Bruce Springsteen plays the first of two nights at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York State, USA
At the MTV Video Awards event in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA, Don Henley's The Boys Of Summer scoops Video Of The Year plus three more awards. Best Male Video goes to Bruce Springsteen for I’m On Fire, and Best female Video to Tina Turner for What’s Love Got To Do With It.
At The Tradewinds club, Sea Bright, New Jersey, USA, Bruce Springsteen joins The Cats onstage for six songs.
On a brief visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Bruce Springsteen stops into the Maple Leaf Club and gets up on stage with local band Blues Department to play five songs. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Georgia, Roger McGuinn plays at The Uptown, where he is backed by a quartet of local musicians calling themselves The Southern Gentlemen. They are, in fact, R.E.M.
The Amnesty International Human Rights Tour, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel, arrives at The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India, Asia.
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When Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band plays at The Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA, they are joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, which includes Levon Helm, Joe Walsh, Rick Danko, Billy Preston, Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren, play at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Bruce Springsteen records Sad Eyes at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, California, USA.
In a survey carried out by BBC Radio 1 and The Times Magazine, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen is declared the greatest song of all time.
Don Henley of The Eagles marries his first and only wife, model Sharon Summerall, in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guests at the wedding include Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, and others. Live music at the reception is supplied by Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Sting.
A new main-belt asteroid (i.e. a minor planet) is discovered by I.P. Griffin at Auckland, New Zealand. He names it 23990 Springsteen in honour of Bruce Springsteen.
When Bruce Springsteen plays at Shea Stadium, New York City, USA, Bob Dylan makes guest appearance.
R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes play a concert in support of US Presidential candidate John Kerry at the Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Bruce Springsteen plays at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the second of two nights at The Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
On the Working On A Dream tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the first of two nights at the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at the Festival des Vielles Charrues, Carhaix, France, Europe.
Pollstar reports that U2 was the most successful live act of 2009, raking in $123m from its stadium tours. The irish band is followed in the ratings by Bruce Springsteen and the duo of Elton John and Billy Joel.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band's play a low-key concert at the Carousel House on the Asbury Park boardwalk in New Jersey, USA, to showcase material from Springsteen's album The Promise.
Olof Arnalds spends the second of two days recording tracks at Adam's Yard, Cornwall, New York State, USA, for Olof Sings, an EP of cover versions including songs by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Gene Clark and others.
Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, John Mayer and others play in a benefit concert for The Stand Up for Heroes charity at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA.
Bruce Springsteen plays at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia.
On his High Hopes tour, Bruce Springsteen plays at The PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Sting's $15m musical The Last Ship opens at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA. Celebrities attending the opening include Liam Neeson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry, Edie Falco, Patti Scialfa and director Barry Levinson.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the first of two nights at The Barclays Center, New York City, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Europe.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the first of two nights at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway, Europe.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the first of two nights at The MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Bruce Springsteen takes part in "an intimate conversation on his career" at The Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum.
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