Friday, April 18, 2008

Danny Federici: Rest in Peace

We lost one beautiful and talented human being yesterday.

Danny Federici (on right) with Bruce Springsteen

Say a prayer for Danny Federici of the E-Street Band. After a three-year battle with melanoma, Danny died Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Danny played accordion on the wistful 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) from Springsteen's second album, and his organ solo was a highlight of Springsteen's first top 10 hit, Hungry Heart. His organ coda on the 9/11-inspired Springsteen song You're Missing provided one of the more heart-wrenching moments on The Rising in 2002. [USAToday]