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Danny Federici

Keyboard player Danny Federici has been closely associated with Bruce Springsteen throughout his career. Although Federici came from northern New Jersey, by the late '60s he was part of the community of musicians playing at the Upstage Club in the south Jersey shore town of Asbury Park. His first band, the Storytellers, also featured Bill Chinnock. He then moved on to the Downtown Tangiers Band, which included drummer Vini Lopez. In the summer of 1969, he and Lopez formed the hard rock group Child with Springsteen and bassist Vinny Roslyn. The band was soon renamed Steel Mill to avoid a name conflict with another group. It played around the eastern seaboard and, in the winter of 1970, on the West Coast, but broke up in early 1971. Federici then joined Springsteen in two large, short-lived groups, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom and the Bruce Springsteen Band, but Springsteen broke up the latter outfit in early 1972 to play solo acoustic shows. During this period, Springsteen acquired a manager and successfully auditioned for Columbia Records. As a result of scoring a recording contract, he formed a permanent backup band to record his debut album in the spring of 1972. It consisted of himself on guitar and vocals, Clarence Clemons on saxophone, Federici on organ and accordion, David Sancious on piano, Garry Tallent on bass, and Lopez on drums. Eventually, this group came to be known as the E Street Band. They appeared with Springsteen on his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., released in January 1973, and on his second, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, released in September 1973. In February 1974, Lopez was fired and replaced by Ernest "Boom" Carter. In August, Carter and Sancious left, replaced in September by drummer Max Weinberg and pianist Roy Bittan. (Violinist Suki Lahav also joined the band at this point, remaining in the lineup until March 1975.)

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