The Springsteen family shared the sad news of the passing of Adele Springsteen, the mother of rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Adele passed away on January 31 at the age of 98 due to Alzheimer’s.
In a heartfelt tribute, Bruce Springsteen reflected on his mother’s life and legacy, sharing intimate memories that painted a picture of Adele as not just the matriarch of the Springsteen family but as a woman of grace, hard work, and joy.
“I remember in the morning mom hearing your alarm clock ring,” Springsteen wrote. “I’d lie in bed and listen to you getting ready for work, the sound of your makeup case on the sink. And the ladies at the office all lipstick, perfume and rustling skirts, how proud and happy you always looked walking home from work.”
“I’ve got my hot rod down on Bond Street I’m older but you’ll know me in a glance. We’ll find us a Little rock ‘n roll bar and we’ll go out and dance,” he wrote on Instagram.
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Adele played a significant and cherished role in both the personal life and the musical journey of her son, one of rock and roll’s most revered figures. Born in 1925, Adele was a central figure in Bruce’s upbringing and is often credited with instilling in him the values of resilience, hard work, and compassion that permeate his music and public persona.
Adele worked as a legal secretary, and her work ethic and dedication to her family left a lasting impression on Bruce. He has spoken affectionately about his mother in various interviews, highlighting her optimism and her unwavering support for his musical aspirations. Despite the financial hardships the family faced during Bruce’s childhood in Freehold, New Jersey, Adele’s belief in her son’s talent and dreams was a constant source of encouragement.
Bruce’s relationship with his mother has been a recurring theme in his music, most notably in songs like “The Wish,” which is a heartwarming tribute to Adele. The lyrics reflect the deep bond between them, capturing moments of everyday life and the profound influence she had on him.
Through his music, Bruce shared stories of his mother’s joyous spirit, her love for dancing, and the simple moments they shared.