“Silivo Dante” is 67 years old today. Of coures we are talking about Steven Van …

Written by on November 22, 2017

“Silivo Dante” is 67 years old today. Of coures we are talking about Steven Van Zandt. Steven was born on November 22, 1950. He is an musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami steve. He is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin, and was an actor in the television drama The Sopranos, in which he played the character Silvio Dante. Van Zandt also had his own solo band called “Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul” in the 1980s. Van Zandt grew up in the Jersey Shore music scene, and was an early friend and pre-E Street bandmate of Springsteen. In the early seventies, he was a journeyman guitarist (working as a sideman for The Dovells) as well as a founding member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and several of Bruce Springsteen’s early bands.

In 1975, during the recording sessions for Born to Run, Springsteen, being at a loss for ideas on how to arrange the horn part for “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” – called on Van Zandt and his encyclopedic knowledge of soul music for help with the arrangement. In the Wings for Wheels Documentary, Springsteen revealed that Van Zandt was partially responsible for the signature guitar line in Born to Run; “Arguably Steve’s greatest contribution to my music.” Van Zandt then joined the E Street Band in the midst of their Born to Run tours.

In 1999, Van Zandt took one of the core roles in The Sopranos, playing level-headed but deadly mob consigliere and strip club owner Silvio Dante. Van Zandt had no acting experience.

Happy Birthday Steven!!!

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