Performed the organ, glockenspiel, and accordion for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street group. He passed away after an extended struggle with melanoma. He discovered to try out the accordion at a age while you’re watching The Lawrence Welk Display. His desire for jazz and blues started to develop after he observed a teacher perform both on his accordion at Philadelphia’s Neupauer Conservatory of Music. He utilized to play with a music group known as Diamondback when he wasn’t touring with Bruce Springsteen, who nicknamed him Phantom. His body organ and digital glockenspiel affected the sound of several Springsteen/E Road hits, such as for example Hungry Center from 1980 and 4th of July, Asbury Recreation area (Sandy) from 1973. He was wedded several times. He previously a son along with his 1st wife, Flo, and used two daughters along with his second wife, Kathlynn Helmeid. His third relationship to Maya created no kids. He as well as the E Road Music group collaborated with a great many other performers, including Bob Dylan, Neil Youthful, and Meats Loaf.