Happy birthday to E Street Band member, Patti Scialfa! The new Jersey rocker, wife of Bruce Springsteen and mom to Evan, Sam and Jessica Springsteen, turns 63 Friday. The musician and singer, whose solo albums include Rumble Doll (also referenced in her Instagram account name, officialrumbledoll), 23rd Street Lullaby and Play It As It Lays, told Rolling Stone back in 2004, “When you’re married to someone famous, people know you, but they’re not really seeing you.”
Patti, who grew up in Deal and attended Asbury Park High School, joined her first band, Ecstasy, when she was just 14, and later went on to be a backup singer for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, as well as working with David Johansen and the Rolling Stones. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 as a member of the E Street Band, which she joined in 1984 for the Born in the USA tour.
But that wasn’t her first encounter with The Boss. She said in that same profile that when she was just 15, she thought she had what it took to go on tour. “I had seen an ad in the Asbury Park Press. ”Touring band, must be able to travel.'” She called the number and spoke with Springsteen himself. “He was very sweet on the phone. I was so relieved,” she said. Even though she was too young to be considered then, she clearly had the musical chops, and just needed a little patience. For music, and for love, apparently. The couple wed in in 1991 and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
Equestrian Jessica, who has been competing in horse shows in Europe this summer, posted a sweet birthday message to her mom on Instagram.
Here are some other sweet mother daughter moments over the years:
It’s clear from Patti’s Instagram account that she loves being on the road and family life with equal enthusiasm; her kids make frequent appearances alongside concert tour photos.
She even has a great sense of humor, as evidenced by her Wheel of Fortune viewing:
Here’s an interview with Patti around the release of Play It As It Lays, where she talks about balancing motherhood and rock stardom, proving that work/life balance and “having it all” is a universal issue. “There’s that whole domestic part of you which becomes very full but then you don’t want to lose your autonomy as who you are inside, the poetic part of you,” she explained.