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The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, is mourning the loss of longtime friend and cofounder of the E-Street Band, Danny Federici, 58,  from melanoma.

It was Federici who asked Bruce to join the band. 

With Bruce on board, the E-Street Band rocketed from  boardwalk to rock’n’roll pantheon with Danny’s virtuoso keyboards an integral part of their success.

Springsteen first top ten hit "Hungry Heart" featured a heart-stopping Federici solo.

"Danny and I worked together for 40 years.  He was the most wonderful fluid keyboard player and a pure natural musician," Springsteen recalled.

"I loved him very much…we grew up together."