The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen's 25 Biggest Heroes

The artists, activists and friends that have shaped Springsteen's world

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Chuck Berry
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Chuck Berry

As an absolutely monumental figure of early rock and the originator of so much of its musical and lyrical language (cars and girls!), Chuck Berry is a hero to just about any classic rocker. But Springsteen has made his allegiance clear, sprinkling his lyrical references to Berry songs like "The Promised Land" and "Downbound Train"—and frequently covers Berry tunes in concert. Springsteen also contributed a foreward to Berry's autobiography and played with Chuck at the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert. 

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