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Little Steven

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Litte Steven is one of the stage names of Steve van Zandt (born November 22, 1950), an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin, and as an actor in the television drama The Sopranos, in which he played Silvio Dante.

van Zandt was born as Steven Lento in Winthrop, Massachusetts. His mother, Mary Lento, remarried when he was young and Steven took the last name of his stepfather, William Van Zandt. The family moved from Massachusetts to Middletown Township, New Jersey when he was seven.

Van Zandt subsequently became a songwriter and producer for fellow Jersey shore act Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in the mid- to late-1970s, penning their signature song “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”, co-writing other songs for them with Springsteen, and producing their most-acclaimed record, Hearts of Stone. As such, Van Zandt became a key contributor to the Jersey Shore sound. Van Zandt then went on to share production credits on the classic Springsteen albums Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Born in the U.S.A…

Van Zandt has produced a number of other records, including an uncredited effort on the Iron City Houserockers’ Have A Good Time (But Get Out Alive). Less successful was his work on Lone Justice’s second album Shelter, which was a career-ending flop for the Los Angeles cowpunk band.

In 2004, he contributed the song “Baby Please Don’t Go” to Nancy Sinatra’s self-titled album

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