Friday, April 18, 2008

Hook of the Day - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"

by Wayne Graham

Sad news today. Long-time E Street Band organist/keyboardist Danny Federici died yesterday after a three year battle with melanoma. The virtues of Bruce Springsteen himself have been discussed endlessly, but we often overlook just how integral each member of the E Street Band is to the wall of gorgeous sound that they erect to support Bruce's songs---the wail of Clarence Clemon's sax, the foundation of Max Weinberg's drums, and, of course, Federici's perfect touch that gave each song such lift and color.

Federici took leave of the band's current world tour in November to focus on getting well. On March 20th, 2008, Federici returned to play on a number of songs at Bruce and the gang's show at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.

From that show---Federici's last---here's the rarely performed "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)", featuring Mr. Federici's wonderful accordion work, without which, the song just ain't "Sandy."

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