The late, great Danny Federici was born on this day and his keyboard contributions flavored many an E Street tune. The organ can add a wonderful element to a band, but it must be applied carefully or it can turn your song into Bach lite. Here’s some examples of groups that got it right:

Federici’s restrained lead powers this sing-a-long classic.

Garth Hudson channels his inner Phantom of the Opera with a lengthy set-up for this one.

The late Jon Lord fuses metal and classical with some ornate riffs.

Ray Manzarek tries to keep up with Jim.

Gary Brooker leads the band through another classically informed piece, one of the biggest such numbers in rock history.


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