Greasy Lake
Date Event
1949
September 23
At a hospital in Long Branch, NJ, Adele Springsteen gives birth to a baby boy, who will be named Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen.
1957
January 6
Eight-year-old Bruce watches Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the first seed is sown for his future career.
1962
December 25
Bruce receives his first guitar as a Christmas present (by some accounts), but his hands are too small and he can't really use it yet.
1965
Bruce joins his first band, the Castiles, a five-piece rock band with Beatles and Rolling Stones influences. The band is mostly a cover band and performs at local malls and "battles of the bands".
1966
May 16
The Castiles record a single in the Bricktown Studio in New Jersey. It contains two songs written by Springsteen and singer George Theiss: "Baby I" and "That's What You Get". The single is pressed in five copies of which only two are known to be in existence today.
1968
The Castiles break up when most of the members begin to find other interests in life. Bruce, however, has his mind set on a musical career and forms a new band called Earth.

Bruce meets Steve Van Zandt for the first time.

Bruce briefly attends Ocean County College, but soon realizes he will never adjust to the educational system.

Bruce's parents move to California. Bruce himself remains in New Jersey staying at friends' houses and at a surfboard factory in Asbury Park. It is in Asbury Park he from now on will have his base and shape his musical style.
1969
Bruce forms a new band, Child, which quickly changes its name to Steel Mill when it turns out there is another band called Child. Steel Mill is Springsteen's most famous early band. Their style is characterized by long bluesy instrumental passages and Springsteen's lyrical experiments. The lineup changes a couple of times, but among the members are Danny Federici, Steve Van Zandt, Robbin Thompson, and Vini Lopez.
 
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