Friday, April 18, 2008

A true loss

Though he's certainly not the most recognizable or even most talented member of the E Street Band, without organist and keyboard player Danny Federici Bruce Springsteen might have never become "The Boss."

And now that signature sound - famous on such Springsteen classics as "Born to Run," "Jungleland," and "My Hometown" - has been permantely silenced.

Federici died Thursday after a three year battle with melanoma. Despite the disease, he never stopped recording, laying down tracks for Springsteen's latest "Magic." But he had been forced to drop out of the band's North American tour.