Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a charter member of the E Street Band, died on April 16 at age 58. Federici, who battled melanoma for three years, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Federici took a leave of absence from Springsteen’s tour last November and was temporarily replaced by veteran musician Charles Giordano. Federici sat in a for a few songs on March 20 in Indianapolis, IN.
“Danny and I worked together for 40 years,” Springsteen posted on his Web site. “He was the most wonderfully fluid keyboard player and a pure natural musician. I loved him very much … we grew up together.”
Springsteen has canceled two upcoming concerts: tonight, April 18, in Fort Lauderdale, FL and tomorrow in Orlando, FL. Both shows will be rescheduled.
Federici is best remembered for his accordion on “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy);” organ solo on Springsteen’s first top 10 hit, “Hungry Heart;” and his organ coda on the 9/11-inspired “You’re Missing.”
Federici released a pair of solo, soft jazz albums, and he was a sessionist for Steven Van Zandt, Joan Armatrading, Graham Parker, Gary U.S. Bonds and Garland Jeffreys. The Federici family and the E Street family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.
(The image accompanying this story is from ArtistDirect.com)
Last Updated on April 19, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen