Today WBLM celebrates the 71st birthday of an Iconic American Rock and Roll Treasure. He was born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Bruce has always been a champion of the working class. He works his ass off too. Springsteen's high energy concerts usually last over three hours.

In 2016, he broke his own live endurance record in the US by going over 4 hours. He just did not want to leave the stage that night. And that’s why we call him “The Boss”.

Bruce Springsteen has always been a favorite here in Blimpville and we were fortunate to have 3 onstage appearances from him in the 1970s.

Legend has it that Bruce Springsteen's first show in Maine was at a little Houlton college caller Ricker in 1973. This was two years prior to him becoming superstar household name with his breakthrough album, Born to Run. We love that he really went the distance and played the 'County' back in the day.

Here's a great memory of Bruce's historic night in Maine opening for Orleans that was posted on the Ricker College Past Facebook page.

There was 'Magic in the Night' at Lewiston's Central Maine Youth Center for Bruce's second Blimpville appearance in 1977.

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Mainers probably thought they'd never see anything like it again. Luckily Bruce fans got to see him one last time at  the Augusta Civic Center.

It was the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour in the summer of 1978.

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Check out this rarely seen footage with Bruce's stunning performance of Grown' Up back in his club days circa 1972.

 

Now here's the new video his latest work with the E Street Band. It's called Letter To You. So great to see these amazing people behind the scenes in the studio. It reminds us that old friends are as precious as family.

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