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Today in History (1994): Bruce Springsteen Wins an Oscar for Streets of Philadelphia

Bruce Springsteen is known for his stylistic brand of poetic lyrics and dramatic songs. And exactly 20 years ago today, he won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Streets of Philadelphia.”

Very few singers, musicians and songwriters can boast of an Academy Award win, more so best Bruce Springsteen and his music career. The living American rock legend has garnered critical and commercial acclaim in the long span of his career. One song in particular raked in different lauds – “Streets of Philadelphia.”

The song “Streets of Philadelphia” was written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen for the 1994 movie about HIV/AIDS titled “Philadelphia.” The movie starred Tom Hanks where he also won an Academy Award for Best Actor in the same year.

Springsteen’s musicality was put to the test in the song as director Jonathan Demme requested him to write a song for the movie while it was being filmed. Springsteen delivered and wrote the song after his “Other Band” Tour. The song is considered as one of Springsteen’s greatest hits in his long list of tracks.

“Sreets of Philadelphia” also won different awards such as Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture at the Grammys.

All information used in this article were sourced from This Day in Music and Philadelphia – Wikipedia.

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