Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on June 4th of 1984 Bruce Springsteen releases the album “Born In The USA”, which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The title track Springsteen wrote this about the problems Vietnam veterans encountered when they returned to America. Vietnam was the first war the US didn’t win, and while veterans of other wars received a hero’s welcome, those who fought in Vietnam were mostly ignored when they returned to the states.This is one of the most misinterpreted songs ever. Most people thought it was a patriotic song about American pride, when it actually cast a shameful eye on how America treated its Vietnam veterans. Springsteen considers it one of his best songs, but it bothers him that it is so widely misinterpreted. This is the first song and title track to one of the most popular albums ever – Born In The U.S.A. sold over 18 million copies. The single was released in England as a double A-side with “I’m On Fire.” It was the first song Springsteen wrote for the album. He first recorded it on January 3, 1982 on the tape that became his album Nebraska later that year. Born In The U.S.A. was the first CD manufactured in the United States for commercial release. It was pressed when CBS Records opened its CD manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1984. Discs previously had been imported from Japan. The single “Born In The U.S.A.” reached #9 in the US and #5 in the UK.