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RIP, Greg Trooper (January 15, 2017) Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2017

Greg Trooper
January 13, 1956 – January 15, 2017

Greg Trooper was a singer-songwriter who, besides building up a hefty library of his own releases, had songs recorded by Vince Gill, Steve EarleMaura O’Connell, Robert Earle Keen, and Billy Bragg, among others. Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Trooper spent much of his teenage years frequenting folk venues of Greenwich Village. It served him well. After a detour to Kansas for college, he settled in New York City where he spent more than a decade playing clubs, pitching his songs, and recording his first couple of albums.  By the mid ’90s, Trooper was living in Nashville where he released several more albums, working with producers like Buddy Miller and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band.  Throughout his career, he released more than a dozen albums – the studio albums at least, to critical acclaim.  During the summer of 2015, Greg Trooper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which took his life on January 15, 2017.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (April 17, 2008) Danny Federici / Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Posted by themusicsover on April 17, 2010

Danny Federici
January 23, 1950 – April 17, 2008

Danny Federici was one of the foundations of Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band.  Backing Springsteen, his organ fills can be heard in many of popular music’s greatest songs.  He has been by Springsteen’s side both live and on record since the late ’60s.  But it was Federici who actually gave Springsteen one of his earliest jobs when he asked him to join his band, Child.  Springsteen later, of course, asked Federici to join his own band which would eventually become the E Street Band.   Federici made a handful of his own albums during the E Street Band hiatus of the ’90s.  In November of 2007, it was announced that Federici would be taking a medical leave from to band to pursue treatment for melanoma.  He passed away because of the cancer on April 17, 2008.  Longtime E Street Band mate Clarence Clemons died on June 18, 2011 following a stroke.

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