Danny Federici

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Birthday
23, 1950
Birthplace
Flemington, NJ
Death Date
Apr 17, 2008 (58)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
23, 1950
Birthplace
Flemington, NJ
Death Date
Apr 17, 2008 (58)

About

Played the organ, glockenspiel, and accordion for Bruce Springsteen's E Street band. He died after a lengthy battle with melanoma.

Before Fame

He learned to play the accordion at a young age while watching The Lawrence Welk Show. His interest in jazz and blues began to develop after he witnessed a professor perform both on his accordion at Philadelphia's Neupauer Conservatory of Music.

Trivia

He used to play with a band called Diamondback when he wasn't touring with Bruce Springsteen, who nicknamed him Phantom. His organ and electronic glockenspiel influenced the sound of many Springsteen/E Street hits, such as Hungry Heart from 1980 and 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) from 1973.

Family Life

He was married several times. He had a son with his first wife, Flo, and adopted two daughters with his second wife, Kathlynn Helmeid. His third marriage to Maya produced no children.

Associated With

He and the E Street Band collaborated with many other artists, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Meat Loaf.