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1958-1964

The only source of information about the early years of Springsteen's musical career are the Bruce's testimony he himself submitted under oath as part of his 1976 management suite with Mike Appel.
According to those declarations, the very first band that Bruce came in contact with was called "THE ROGUES".
Even if not providing any specific date, Bruce talked about a gig with THE ROGUES played at the Elks Club in Freehold, saying that had been the first time he was paid to perform.
In his deposition, Bruce also vaguely mentions other gigs as a member of THE ROGUES.
No other information on this pre-Castiles period are available by now.
Apart from the 1976 deposition, Bruce has always talked about The Castiles as his first-ever 
band and he has never even mentioned any other earlier band affiliation.
It is known from Bruce's interviews that he was bought a guitar in "late 1950ís", but it is also known that h did not seriously started to learn playing it until he went across The Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan TV show, which dated in february 1964.
Bruce has stated that he "locked himself up in his room for many months trying to learn how to play", and this basically sets the date of the first Bruce paid performance in the spring / summer of 1965, with summer more likely, considering he was in the 2nd year of high school in that period.
THE ROGUES were based in Rumson-Fairhaven and were specialized in surf-related music. They became a popular band of the local shore area in spring / summer of and they remained popular until mid-1967. They often played at the same shows as THE CASTILES.
THE ROGUES members in that period (see below) were from Rumson, Fairhaven or New Shrewsbury they were aged around Bruce's age and their ages ranged from a year younger to two years older 
than Springsteen. More than a full-member of THE ROGUES, Bruce is believed to have been a sort of "practice boy" accepted in the band. He practiced pretty good, didn't he?

The Rogues

Thom White: vocals
Hunter McKee: vocals
Bill Scinto: rhythm guitar
John Waszdorp: lead guitar
Doug Hamill: bass
Mike Waters: drums
Bruce Springsteen: was a sort of  practice-boy and did not have a definite role in the band.

First show: Mid 1965
Last show: Mid 1967


The Sierras, Castiles #0

"THE SIERRAS" were formed in late 1964 by George Theiss (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bart Haynes (drums, vocals), Mike DeLuise (guitar) and Vinnie Roslin (bass). They spent the most part of their short life in rehearsal and the only (by now) known shows they regularly performed were a couple of gigs at "The Elks Club". Around February 1965 Vinnie Roslin quit THE SIERRAS to join another local group, "THE MOTIFS". Vinnie Roslin had affirmed in an interview that when he quit THE SIERRAS he had not met or heard of Springsteen, and Tex Vinyard had still not contacted THE SIERRAS with any management offer. 
Vinnie Roslin was replaced in THE SIERRAS by a new bass player named "Henry", and a couple of weeks later an additional vocalist named "Danny" was taken in the group. We are in April 1965, and Tex Vinyard contacted the band after hearing them practicing in Bart Haynes' house, next to his. Under Vinyard management, in a couple of months or even less, "Danny", "Henry", and Mike DeLuise were dropped and the only members remained Theiss and Haynes. At this point (May 1965) George Theiss changed the name of the group from THE SIERRAS to "THE CASTILES". Frank Marziotti was taken in the group as bass player and Paul Popkin as a new vocalist. Bruce was still not involved:

The Castiles #1

Paul Popkin: guitar, vocals, tambourine
George Theiss: guitar, vocals
Frank Marziotti, bass
Barth Haynes, drums

Bruce was not still involved with this band, born as evolution of THE SIERRAS, formed by George Theiss.


The no-Springsteen Castiles group was very short-lived and is not known to have ever been paid to perform a single gig. In early summer of 1965 Tex Vinyard hired Bruce Springsteen as lead guitarist:

The Castiles #2

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals (from June 1965)
Paul Popkin: guitar, vocals, tambourine
George Theiss: guitar, vocals
Frank Marziotti: bass
Barth Haynes: drums

First Show: Someday in 1965, Woodhaven swim club, Woodhaven,NJ (USA)
Last Show: October 1965


Vinny Manneillo replaced Bart Haynes in October:

The Castiles #3

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Paul Popkin: guitar, vocals, tambourine
George Theiss: guitar, vocals
Frank Marziotti: bass
Vinny Manneillo: drums (replaced Barth Haynes)

First Show: 01-Nov-1965 Shop-Rite supermarket, Freehold,NJ (USA)
Last Show: 01-Dec-1965 Chamber of Commerce,  Freehold,NJ (USA)


Curt Fluhr replaced Frank Marziotti in late February, originating the "Castiles" as known from the most part of the surfaced registrations:

The Castiles #4

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Paul Popkin: guitar, vocals, tambourine
George Theiss: guitar, vocals
Curt Fluhr: bass (replaced Frank Marziotti)
Vinny Manneillo: drums
Bob Alfano: organ (?)

First Show: 22-Apr-1966 Matawan-Keyport Roller Drome, Matawan,NJ (USA)
Last Show: 10-Aug-1968 Le Teendezvous, New Shrewsbury,NJ (USA)


Springsteen leaves Castiles in August 1968 to form a new band with John Graham and Michael Burke. He first met them in May 1968 at The Off Broad Street Coffee House 
and had been jamming informally with them during the May-July period:

Earth

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
John Graham: bass
Michael Burke: drums
Bob Alfano: organ (for the first one or two gigs)

First Show:16-Aug-1968 Off Broadway Coffee House, Red Bank,NJ (USA)
Last Show: 14-Feb-1969 I.A.M.A. Clubhouse,Long Branch,NJ (USA)


In February 1969 it is know that Vini Lopez was looking for people to form a new band and attended to one or more Earth shows, for sure it was present at the last one, 14-Feb-1969. In late February at least two times Springsteen, Lopez, Roslin and Federici, gathered for jam sessions which eventually made "CHILD" born: 

Child

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Vini Roslin: bass

First Show: 28-Mar-1969 West End Park, Long Branch,NJ (USA)
Last Show: 01-Nov-1969 Vcu Gym, Richmond,VA (USA)


A progressive rock band called "CHILD", which already published and Album was the reason of the name-changing from CHILD to STEEL MILL:

Steel Mill (CHILD with name changed)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Vini Roslin: bass

First Show: 14-Nov-1969 Monmouth College, Long Branch,NJ (USA)
Last Show: 28-Feb-1970 Free University, Richmond,VA (USA)


After the 28-Feb-1970 show, Vini Roslin was fired and replaced by Steve Van Zandt:

Steel Mill #2

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Steve Van Zandt: bass (replaced the fired Vini Roslin)

First show: 27-Mar-1970 Hullabaloo,Richmond,VA (USA)
Last show: 14-Aug-1970 7Th And Marshall Street Parking, Richmond,VA (USA)


Robbin Thompson was offered a position as vocalist in the group. Accepted:

Steel Mill #3

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Steve Van Zandt: bass
Robbin Thompson: vocals

First show: 11-Sep-1970 Clearwater Swim Club, Atlantic Highlands,NJ (USA)
Last show: 23-Jan-1971 The Upstage, Asbury Park,NJ (USA)


In December 1970 Bruce decided to end STEEL MILL and to find new directions. From late January 1971, until May 1971 he jammed around a lot, playing as guest with other local groups:

Bruce Springsteen & the Friendly Enemies, Sundance band, various jamming

From:29-Jan-1971 The Upstage, Asbury Park,NJ (USA)
To:08-May-1971, Student Prince, Asbury Park,NJ (USA)


At a certain point of the "jamming experience", Bruce formed the very short-lived "Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom" band, which is known to have been performed only two shows:

Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Steve Van Zandt: guitar, vocals
David Sancious: keyboards
Garry Tallent: bass
Southside Johnny: harmonica
Bobby Williams: drums
Kevin Connair: mc
Danny Gallagher: monopoly
The Zoomettes: vocals

First show:14-May-1971 Sunshine In, Asbury Park,NJ (USA)
Last show: 15-May-1971 Newark State University, Union,NJ (USA) 


After that, another couple of months was spent jamming with various local bands (see the setlist section for more information about those groups). Steve was often involved in those groups Bruce played with, and Bruce also became for a few shows a core band member of the SUNDANCE BAND:

Bruce Springsteen & the Hot Mammas, Sundance Band, various jamming

From:15-May Student Prince,  Asbury Park,NJ (USA)
To:04-Jul-1971 Student Prince, Asbury Park,NJ (USA)


Those infinite jam sessions, guesting appearances and experiments, finally lead to the creation of the:

The Bruce Springsteen Band

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals (core band)
Garry Tallent: bass (core band)
Vini Lopez: drums (core band)
Steve Van Zandt: guitar, vocals (core band)
David Sancious: keyboards (core band)
Harvey Cherlin: trumpet (on selected tracks)
Bobby Feigenbaum: saxophone (on selected tracks)
Barbara Dinkins: vocals (on selected tracks)
Delores Holmes: vocals (on selected tracks)
Carl "Tinker" West: (the manager, sometimes playing congas)
Francine Daniels: vocals (on selected tracks) but only in rare occasions

First show:10-Jul-1971 Brookdale Community College, Lincroft,NJ (USA) 
Last show:01-Jun-1972 (dummy date) Private residence , Point Pleasant,NJ (USA)


The BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND was actually overloaded of members, and Bruce recorded GREETINGS with a very small part of them. Anyway Bruce did not still have a "touring" band and made the rehearsals with what we know as the first E STREET BAND, thus it was still more than a year away from being billed with that name.

The E Street Band #1 (early, still unnamed)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Clarence Clemons: saxophone
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Garry Tallent: bass

First show: 25-Oct-1972 The Shipbottom lounge, Point Pleasant,NJ (USA)
Last show in this lineup: 15-Jun-1973 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY (USA)


David Sancious "official" debut with the band, even if he already performed in a couple of gigs:

The E Street Band #2 (early, still unnamed)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Clarence Clemons: saxophone
Danny Federici: organ
Vini Lopez: drums
Garry Tallent: bass
David Sancious: keyboards

First show in this lineup: 22-Jun-1973 Fat City, Seaside Heights,NJ (USA)
Last show in this lineup: 12-Feb-1974 University Of Kentucky, Lexington,KY (USA)


Before the beginning of the 12-Feb-1974 show, there was a hard discussion between the "road manager" Steve Appel and Vini Lopez, and after the show, Bruce firmly asked Vini Lopez to resign and leave the group immediately. He was then replaced by Ernest "Boom" Carter, and some shows was cancelled in the meanwhile.

The E Street Band #3 (early, still unnamed)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Clarence Clemons: saxophone
Danny Federici: organ
Garry Tallent: bass
David Sancious: keyboards
Ernest Carter: drums (replaces the fired Vini Lopez)

First show in this lineup: 23-Feb-1974 Satellite Lounge, Cookstown,NJ (USA)
Last show in this lineup: 14-Aug-1974 Carlton Theatre, Red Bank,NJ (USA)


Max and Roy join the band, which is now officially known and billed as "THE E STREET BAND". Suki Lahav would join in a couple of weeks:

The E Street Band #4

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Clarence Clemons: saxophone
Danny Federici: organ
Garry Tallent: bass
Roy Bittan: keyboards, piano
Max Weimberg: drums
Suki Lahav: violin (from 04-Oct-1974)

First show in this lineup: 19-Sep-1974 The Main Point, Bryn Mawr,PA (USA)
Last show in this lineup: 09-Mar-1975 Constitution Hall, Washington,DC (USA)


Steve Van Zandt officially joins the E STREET BAND. In the meanwhile, Suki Lahav decided to leave the band to come back in Israeli with her husband:

The E Street Band #5 (Little Steven)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Clarence Clemons: saxophone
Danny Federici: organ
Garry Tallent: bass
Roy Bittan: keyboards, piano
Max Weimberg: drums
Steve Van Zandt: guitar

The Miami Horns (some shows from 1976 to 1977):
Rich Gazda
Earl Gardner
Bob Malaca
Bill Zacagna
Louis Pareote

First show in this lineup: 20-Jul-1975 Palace Theatre, Providence,RI (USA)
Last show in this lineup: 14-Sep-1981 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati,OH (USA)


In 1982 Bruce did what nobody expected him to do: Nebraska. A solo album followed by no tour but a year of guesting / jamming with pretty unknown groups of the Jersey scene in NJ and NY clubs and bars. When he called back the boys, Steve Van Zandt decided not to follow Bruce in the BORN IN THE USA adventure, and was replaced by Nils Lofgren:

The E Street Band  #6 (Nils Lofgren)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Roy Bittan: keyboards
Clarence Clemons: saxophone, percussion
Danny Federici: organ
Garry Tallent: bass
Max Weinberg: drums
Nils Lofgren: guitar
Patti Scialfa: vocals

The Horns of Love (during the whole Tunnel of Love tour)
Ritchie "La Bamba" Rosenberg
Mike Spengler
Mark Pender
Ed Manion
Mario Cruz

First show in this lineup: 29-Jun-1984 Civic Center,  Saint Paul,MN (USA)
Last show in this lineup: 15-Oct-1988 River Plate, Buenos Aires (Argentina)


In 1992 Bruce decided to try to explore new musical directions, and with a totally new band recorded the HUMAN TOUCH / LUCKY TOWN albums, performing a long 2-leg tour with them. The new band never entered the heart of Bruce's fan and they probably did not even go near the level of perfection and unionships the old E STREET BAND had had. This was probably what Bruce wanted, obliging himself to play knew song with new musical ideas, rather than ending up singing the old anthems of his past. "Born to run" is played acoustically, "Thunder Road", "Bobby Jean", "The River", and other old great songs are played in tour in a way the people can not easily recognize. Seems like Bruce want to demonstrate himself he can still doing something new:

'Human Touch' Band

Bruce Springsteen: vocals, guitar
Zachary Alford: drums
Roy Bittan: keyboards
Gia Ciambotti: vocals
Shane Fontayne: guitars
Cleo Kennedy: vocals
Bobby King: vocals
Angel Rogers: vocals
Patti Scialfa: vocals
Tommy Sims: bass guitar
Crystal Taliafero: guitars, vocal, saxophone

First show: 06-May-1992 Bottom Line, New York,NY (USA)
Last show: 26-Jun-1993 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY (USA)


In 1995 Bruce did it again. Like 13 years before he tries the 'solo way' to express himself, publishing THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD followed by a long two years solo tour. Then BLOOD BROTHERS, and moreover, TRACKS, put the E STREET BAND together again, with both Nils and Steve for the REUNION and RISING tour

The E Street Band #7 (Full)

Bruce Springsteen: guitar, vocals
Roy Bittan: keyboards
Clarence Clemons: saxophone, percussion
Danny Federici: organ
Garry Tallent: bass
Steve Van Zandt: guitar
Max Weinberg: drums
Nils Lofgren: guitar
Patti Scialfa: vocals

First show: 18-Mar-1999 Convention Hall,  Asbury Park,NJ (USA)
Last show: 13-Oct-2003 Continental Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ (USA)

Thanks to Brucebase for a good part of these information

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