|Born||October 13, 1954
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Associated acts||Bruce Springsteen
The E Street Band
The Sessions Band
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Charles Giordano (born October 13, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American keyboardist and accordionist. Giordano is known primarily as the newest adjunct member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing keyboards and organ following the serious illness and subsequent death of longtime E Street organist Danny Federici in 2008. He is also known for playing keyboards with Pat Benatar in the 1980s, for playing keyboards and accordion with Springsteen's Sessions Band on the 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions and subsequent Sessions Band Tour.
With Benatar he was usually billed as Charlie Giordano and played for five albums, beginning in 1983; his role in the band was praised by Billboard magazine. With Benatar he was identifiable by his glasses and distinctive array of berets, blazers and 1980s-style ties. Giordano also was a member of The David Johansen Group and went on to perform with Buster Poindexter and The Banshees of Blue.
As a session musician Giordano's playing has included Madeleine Peyroux's 1996 album Dreamland and Bucky Pizzarelli's 2000 album Italian Intermezzo; the latter's mix of opera, Italian folk, and swing presaged his appearance in the similarly genre-mashing Sessions Band Tour with Springsteen. Giordano also participated in a 2002 revival of garage rock band ? and the Mysterians. In 2008, he accompanied British singer Barb Jungr for a short stand in a New York City cabaret.
- Gary Graff (2006). "Bruce Springsteen Takes Fans on a Different Kind of "Carnival Ride"". Oakland Press. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- Jay Lustig (2007-11-21). "E Streeter Federici to be treated for melanoma". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- "Pat Benatar / Red Rider". Billboard. 1983-04-09. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
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