Greasy Lake
Date Event
1970
January-February
Steel Mill drive cross-country to California to try and make a break on the West Coast. They play a few dates at the Matrix in San Francisco to critical acclaim and record a few demos in a studio. They are even offered a record deal, but turn it down and return home to the East.
1971
January 23
At the height of their popularity (Steel Mill's crowds were sometimes counted in the thousands for their outdoor gigs) Bruce breaks up the band after a final gig at the Upstage Club in Asbury Park.

Bruce spends the rest of 1971 experimenting with new band formations known under such names as the Bruce Springsteen Jam, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and finally the Bruce Springsteen Band.
1972
Spring
The Bruce Springsteen Band in various formations continue to play gigs in New Jersey and Virginia before they too are disassembled. Bruce instead decides to play solo gigs in New York City cafes. It is around this time Bruce meets Mike Appel, who soon becomes his manager.
1972
May 2
Mike Appel takes Bruce to see Columbia talent scout, John Hammond, who discovered Bob Dylan, Bessie Smith, et al. Bruce plays a short set for him in his office, and Hammond is so impressed that he organizes a real audition that same night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia hotshots. The audition is a success and Columbia agrees on making a record contract.
1972
May 3
Bruce records the famous Hammond Demos at the CBS Studios in New York. It is Bruce alone in the studio with a guitar and a piano, and John Hammond himself at the mixing board. Four of the songs, "Mary Queen of Arkansas", "Saint in the City", Growin' Up" and "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?" are later released on Tracks.
1972
Summer
Bruce and a hastily assembled band consisting mainly of Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, Clarence Clemons, and David Sancious record Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ.
1972
November 12
According to Backstreets: the Man and His Music, this night sees the first show ever with the E Street Band. In addition to the above-mentioned people who recorded the Greetings album (minus David Sancious who won't join until June 1973), the band includes Danny Federici.
1973
January 5
Bruce's debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, is released in the US.
1973
Spring
Bruce and the E Street Band tour both the East Coast and the West Coast in support of the new album. In May and June they even play some gigs as the opening act for Chicago. These gigs, playing large arenas for crowds indifferent to his music, make Bruce vow never to play arenas again, a vow he would break only three years later.
1973
July-August
The band record The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.
1973
November 5
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is released in the US.
1974
February 12
While touring extensively in support of the second album, Bruce decides to fire drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez from the band. A couple of weeks later he is replaced by Ernest "Boom" Carter.
1974
May 9
A show at Harvard Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, is attended by music critic Jon Landau, who is inspired to write his famous "I saw rock 'n' roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen" article. The article not only forms the basis of an aggressive promotional campaign a year later, but is also the first connection between Bruce and his future manager.
1974
August 6
The "number one pop song of all time" (according to a BBC Radio One poll in 1995), "Born to Run", is recorded. Or at least, on this date some of the tracks are put down. The recording of the song probably stretched over several days.
1974
September 19
After having been hired via an ad in the Village Voice, Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan join the E Street Band, replacing Ernest Carter and David Sancious on drums and piano respectively.
1974
Fall
Bruce tours extensively. At some point during the fall, the band is expanded to include violinist Suki Lahav who will remain part of the live shows until March 1975.
1975
March-July
The Born to Run sessions take place at the Record Plant in New York. During the sessions Bruce's new friend, Jon Landau, will take on an increasingly bigger role as producer at Mike Appel's expense. The sessions also lead to Steve Van Zandt's joining the E Street Band.
1975
July 20
The Born to Run tour begins, six weeks prior to the album's release.
1975
August 13-17
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform perhaps the most important shows of their career. The shows take place at the Bottom Line in New York City and are attended by everybody who is anybody, and one show is broadcast on the radio. With these performances Bruce manages to create lots of converts among the music industry and the music press, and they are an important factor in turning him into a star.
1975
September 1
Born to Run is released.
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