Received his first guitar at age 9 as a gift from his mother.
Signed a 10-album deal with Columbia in June 1972 at the age of 22 after auditioning for legendary music executive John Hammond, who also discovered Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan.
First two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (1973), didn't sell particularly well at first, but the buzz about his third, Born to Run (1975), was so great that he was famously on the covers of both Time and Newsweek the same week in October 1975.
Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Was part of the inaugural class inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2008.