Happy Birthday THE PROFESSOR!
Roy J. Bittan was born on July 2, 1949 in Belle Harbour, Queens, New York US. Roy built an illustrious career as pianist/keyboard player for the likes of Dire Straits (“Making Movies”), Peter Gabriel (“Peter Gabriel II”), Stevie Nicks (“The Wild Heart”), David Bowie (“Station to Station”), Bonnie Tyler (“Total Eclipse of the Heart”) and many Meat Loaf projects, including “Bat Out of Hell”. But his most enduring collaborator is Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s played as a central member of his E Street Band since 1974. Says Springsteen on his website: “Roy’s sound, beginning on Born to Run, is still the sound that many people relate to - along with Clarence [Clemons]’s sax - as the signature sound of the E Street Band. An amazing musician.”
When Bruce split from the E Street Band and went on tour in 1992-93, it was with a completely new set of musicians (the Other Band), with one exception. Stage left, behind the keyboards, Roy was there.
“Racing in the street” is always a wonderful piece for me to place, and “Jungleland”, of course.
“Roy’s playing formed the signature sound of some of my greatest records,” Springsteen said at his 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. “He can play anything; he’s always there for me; his emotional generosity and his deep personal support mean a great, great deal to me.”
As a member of the E Street Band Roy Bittan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.