The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

February 12 1974

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.

May 9 1974

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.

August 6 1974

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.

September 19 1974

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.

Fall 1974

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.