Danny Federici – Accordionist with the E Street Band

federici-with-accordionDaniel Paul “Danny” Federici (January 23, 1950 – April 17, 2008) was an American musician, best known as the organ, glockenspiel, and accordion player and a founding member for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

In 2014, Federici was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.

Federici started to play accordion when he was seven years old, which he learned from watching The Lawrence Welk Show. When he mastered classical music and polka, his mother booked him at parties, clubs and on radio. While he continued his studies in classical accordion, he gained an interest in jazz and blues, after he heard a professor at the Neupauer Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia play those styles on accordion.

When he, along with Vini Lopez, started the band Child at the end of the 1960s, their choice for a singer fell on Bruce Springsteen; Federici also joined Springsteen in other early efforts such as Steel Mill.

A notable performance is his accordion solo on “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)“.

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