Asked to contribute a song to a Pete Seeger tribute album, Bruce Springsteen turned to a group of New York-based musicians who had played at a series of parties held at his house. The band’s regular piano player was unable to make it, so they turned to their friend Charlie Giordano. That chance gig would eventually lead to Giordano filling the E Street Band spot made vacant by Danny Federici’s illness and death.
Giordano’s skills were notably put to good use on the “Stump the Band” section of the show during the Working on a Dream Tour, when his abilities were a big part of the band nailing songs they had never played before, including “Burning Love,” “Green Onions” and “Good Lovin.’” His personality also shined on stage when he and Lofgren humorously trade off playing each other’s instruments during performances of the song “American Land.”
Giordano had a long resume prior to his work with Springsteen. He toured with Hall & Oates and Joe Cocker, and in the 1980s he was a member of Pat Benatar’s regular backing band, playing on five of her albums. He also appeared on several of Cyndi Lauper’s albums, and has worked with such artists as Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Rita Wilson, and The Smithereens.