Monday, April 21, 2008
Danny Federici, 1950-2008
Danny Federici, longtime organist and accordionist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, dead at the age of 58. According to Wikipedia, Federici's earliest formal music education came in classical accordion, a discipline with which OPC has been heretofore unfamiliar.
Federici (at far right in that photo up there) had been playing with Springsteen since they were both teenagers, in bands such as Steel Mill, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and Child. A native of Flemington, New Jersey, Federici's organ lent a true Jersey Shore sound to such early Springsteen tracks as "Thundercrack" and "Rosalita." Unfortunately, he didn't get along with Springsteen's pianist at the time, the brilliant jazz-inflected David Sancious, which may have helped lead to Sancious' departure.
Supposedly, at a Springsteen concert the night after John Lennon died, Federici was so wound up that he hit his organ hard enough to break a key.
A note to our more soberminded readers: I have been working on a long and hopefully humorous post poking gentle fun at Springsteen, Federici and the rest of the E Streeters, a post that has been delayed for technological reasons. Federici's passing is not going to dissuade me from writing that post, if I ever get it done. Danny would have wanted it that way.