April 17, 2008 – Danny Federici was born January 23, 1950 grew up in the same neighborhood and became life long friend and over 40 years the keyboardist with Bruce Springsteen in bands Child, Steel Mill and The E Street Band.
Danny started to play accordion when he was seven years old, and was soon playing at parties, clubs and on radio. He attended Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey, when he, along with Vini Lopez started the band, Child at the end of the ’60s, with Bruce Springsteen their chosen singer, a friendship and working friendship that lasted throughout his life.
During the ’90s, Tony recorded a solo album of jazz instrumentals called Flemington, re-worked and re-issued as Danny Federici on in 2001. This was followed up with a smooth jazz album Sweet in 2004, which was also re-issued as Out of a Dream in 2005.
Danny performed on other artist’s records as well, including those of Graham Parker, Joan Armatrading, Gary U.S. Bonds and Garland Jeffreys. He made his last appearence on March 20, 2008, for portions of a Springsteen and E Street Band performance in Indianapolis at Conseco Fieldhouse.
He died after a three year battle with melanoma on 17 April 2008.
He was 58 years old.