Friday, April 18, 2008

r.i.p: Danny Federici

"The fireworks are hailing over little eden tonight"
Last night organist, accordion player and founding member of the E Street Band, Danny Federici passed away after a bout with melanoma. Federici's organ fills were an integral part of the E Street Bands unique sound, while his accordion gave Bruce's songs a timeless, old world quality. One of his most notable and most beautiful contributions is the accordion solo on "4th of July, Asbury Park", aka "Sandy." Watch Federici get majestic in this video of Bruce and the E Street Band performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1975. This classic performance, one of the sweetest live captures from Bruce at his peak, is included in the remastered, 25th anniversary Born to Run box set. R.I.P Danny, you will be missed.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1975

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