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Happy Birthday, Charlie Giordano, keyboardist, accordionist, and... WWII flying ace?!?!

Charlie Giordano; Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, MA; 8-26-2023 - photo by Barry Schneier (used with permission)

October 13, 2023

Happy Birthday to the E Street Band's (and The Seeger Sessions Band's) great keyboardist and accordionist, Charlie Giordano. And here's a fun little Flashback Friday Birthday Fact about Charlie: Beginning in 1982 and continuing through the early 1990s, Giordano played keyboards in Pat Benatar's band.

In addition to working with Benatar in the studio and on the road, Charlie appeared in the music-video for Benatar's 1982 hit version of "Shadows Of The Night." Benatar, her husband/collaborator/bandmate Neil Giraldo, and Giordano played World-War-II fighter pilots on a Nazis-fighting mission. Actors Bill Paxton and Judge Reinhold had small parts in the music-video, as well.

Here are two screenshots of our hero "Cigar-Chompin' Charlie" in action, and you can watch the complete official music-video below. Happy Birthday and many, many more, Charlie! Thanks for helping to keep our skies safe, and our Springsteen concerts rockin'. Keep up the good work, Ace!


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