The Turning Point In Bruce Springsteen’s Career Thanks To Elvis Presley

Many musicians have had a turning point in their music career that’s often linked to the beginning of their musical journey. For many artists, it is hearing another rocker on the radio or attending a live performance, both of which can inspire somebody to become a musician as they spark the wish to become a rock star.

In Bruce Springsteen‘s story, the future E Street Band icon saw a musician who has inspired many to pursue a similar career. When he was only seven years old, he watched Elvis Presley at his best and decided to pick up a guitar, which was impressive for a little kid. While his initial story didn’t end as you might have expect, he was lucky enough to be inspired twice.

Elvis Presley Inspired Bruce Springsteen To Be A Musician

During a 2016 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Bruce Springsteen was interviewed in the same studio where he saw his first musical inspiration, Elvis Presley. Apparently, the musician was only seven years old when he saw the King of Rock and Roll on The Ed Sullivan Show, which instantly inspired him.

After seeing Elvis Presley’s performance on the show, Springsteen ran to his mother, asking for a guitar. Fortunately for him, his mother rented him a guitar from Mike Diehl’s Music in Freehold for $6 a week. However, little Bruce failed to find the instant gratification he desired as his hands were too small for the guitar.

Furthermore, nobody could teach him how to play like his role model, Elvis Presley, at the time. As a result, Bruce Springsteen gave up learning how to play the guitar for good. Still, his musical journey didn’t end like that, as we all know.

Luckily, he saw the Beatles playing at the age of 14, which was an age that allowed him to play the guitar properly. While the Beatles brought him back on track regarding his music career, Elvis marked the first turning point in his life as a musician.

About his musical inspiration, Springsteen said the following:

“I was six-seven years old. It’s amazing because I was actually that young, but it had a tremendous impact. I’m curious as to where he stood here. At seven, I don’t know how much of a life I had to change but whatever I had, it struck me right away. I got my mother run down to the store next week, and we rented a guitar.

I took a swing at playing it for about a month. I gave up as my hands were too small. They didn’t know how to teach those days. There wasn’t anybody teaching ‘Twist and Shout’ or ‘Hound.’ I got bored rather quickly and put away until I was 14. When the Beatles stood on this stage, it happened to me again. So I got struck twice by the lightning.”

You can watch the entire interview below.