On this day in music history: June 9, 1972 – Bruce Springsteen officially signs with Columbia Records. Having performed in bars and clubs in his native New Jersey for several years, the young singer/songwriter auditions for legendary A&R man John Hammond whose previous discoveries include Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, George Benson, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin. Now under contract to Columbia, the label puts Springsteen in the studio in July to begin work on his debut album “Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ”. The first album initially sells only 25,000 copies, with the follow up “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle” not performing much better. Eventually, Springsteen’s recording career takes off with his breakthrough album “Born To Run” in 1975. Over his four decade career, Bruce Springsteen comes to be regarded as one of the preeminent singer and songwriters of all time, selling over one hundred twenty million records worldwide, winning twenty Grammy Awards (to date), two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.