Steven Van Zandt

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Steven Van Zandt
Steven Van Zandt
Van Zandt at the 2011 MIPCOM, in Cannes
Background info
Full name Steven Lento
Also known as Little Steven, Miami Steve, Silvio, Stevie Van Zandt
Birthday/Birthplace (1950-11-22) November 22, 1950
Winthrop, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Middletown Township, New Jersey, United States
Genre(s) Rock, heartland rock
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
  • actor
  • disc jockey
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • harmonica
  • piano
  • mandolin
Active Years 1968–present
Record Labels Columbia, Epic, EMI America, BMG, Manhattan, RCA, Renegade Nation, Wicked Cool Records
Worked with
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • E Street Band
  • Steel Mill
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
  • Joey Ramone
  • Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
  • The Miami Horns
  • Darlene Love
  • Gary U.S. Bonds
Official Website

Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an Italian-American musician, arranger, music producer, actor and DJ, also known as Little Steven or Miami Steve . Musically he is internationally known for being the guitarist of the E Street Band, the band of Bruce Springsteen, to which he belonged since 1975 (with Born to Run) until 1984, year in which he decided to separate and begin his solo career with his band Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, although he later returned in 1995.

As an actor he worked on the legendary television series Los Soprano, playing the consigliere Silvio Dante, Tony Soprano’s right arm; and since 2012 he stars in the Norwegian-American series Lilyhammer. He is also producer and director since 2002 of the radio program, Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.

Steven Van Zandt’s Biography

Steven Van Zandt was born as Steven Lento in Winthrop, Massachusetts. His mother, Mary Lento, remarried when Steven was a child and took the surname of his stepfather, William Van Zandt. The family moved from Massachusetts to the municipality of Middletown, New Jersey when it was seven years old. The actor and producer Billy Van Zandt is also his brother.

His love for music began when he was very young when he learned to play the guitar, and during 1960 he was part of his first band.

Professional career

Music Member

Van Zandt grew up in the musical scene of Jersey and was one of the first friends of which would be his companion in E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen. At the beginning of the seventies he began to play the guitar performing some performances with The Dovells, he founded the band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and several of the first bands of Bruce Springsteen.

In 1975, during the recording sessions of Born to Run, Springsteen – in a moment of lack of ideas about how to make the arrangements of the trunk part of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, according to the biography of Springsteen written by Dave Marsh – he called Van Zandt to contribute his knowledge of soul music in the arrangements. In the documentary Wings for Wheels, Springsteen revealed that Van Zandt was partly responsible for the guitar part of “Born to Run.” Before that only Van Zandt had only collaborated with material for the band but finally ended up entering the E Street Band in the middle of the Born to Run tour.

In those years, Van Zandt played an important role as lead guitarist of the band in concert, as in the 1975 performance that served for the DVD that was released with Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition (later released in format CD as Hammersmith Odeon London ’75). In 1984, when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band had achieved fame, Van Zandt left.

Composer, arranger, producer

Later Van Zandt became the composer and producer of his New Jersey Southside comrades Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in the mid-late 1970s, writing the band’s flagship song, “I Do not Wanna Go Home “, co-writing other songs for them with Springsteen and producing their most successful album, Hearts of Stone. As such, Van Zandt became one of the most important contributors to the sound formation of the Jersey Shore. Van Zandt produced classic Springsteen albums such as Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River and Born in the U.S.A ..

He also produced albums for Iron City Houserockers with Have A Good Time (But Get Out Alive) and Lone Justice, on their second studio album, Shelter, which did not achieve the expected success and meant the end of the cowpunk band angelina . In 1994 he produced the self-titled album of the punk rock band Demolition 23, which included ex-members of Hanoi Rocks, and co-wrote six songs from the album along with Michael Monroe and Sami Yaffa.

In 1995 Van Zandt was the guitarist in the Meat Loaf song “Amnesty Is Granted”, corresponding to his album Welcome to the Neighborhood. In 2004 he composed the song “Baby Please Do not Go” for the self-titled album by Nancy Sinatra.

Solo career

Van Zandt officially left the E Street Band in 1984 and since then has been involved in various solo projects and other collaborations, from soul music to hard rock or world music. He released four studio albums during the 1980s and one in 1999, mostly as leader of his group Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul . The first of them was Men Without Women, released in 1982, and achieved relative critical success. Its second album, Voice of America, was sent in 1984 and it was the one that obtained better results in the American lists, although it did not obtain commercial success. With the release of this album, Van Zandt’s music focused more on political issues, especially in opposition to the US foreign policy of President Ronald Reagan.

In 1985 he continued to get involved in the fight against the problems of the moment and created the musical project Artists United Against Apartheid, which was contrary to the Sun City complex in South Africa. Forty-nine artists, including Springsteen, U2, Bob Dylan, Joey Ramone, Pete Townshend or Run DMC, collaborated on a song titled “Sun City,” in which they pledged never to touch the South African resort. Later, in 1987, Vand Zandt released Freedom – No Compromise, his third album with Disciples of Soul, which remained in his political line, and in 1989 he released his last album with his band, Revolution. Ten years later, in 1999, Van Zandt recorded a new album, Nobody Loves and Leaves Alive with his garage rock band The Lost Boys . Although the album still remains unleashed, three of her songs appeared on the television series The Sopranos: “Nobody Love and Leaves Alive,” “Affection” and “Come for Me.”

Steven Van Zandt Net Worth – $80 Million

More Facts about Steven Van Zandt

Net Worth Stats $80 Million
Born November 22, 1950
Born/Where Boston, Massachusetts, United States
His/Her Height 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)
What He/She Does Actor, Music Department, Soundtrack
Citizenship American
Relationships Maureen van zandt since
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