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Clarence Clemons

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Clarence Clemons (born January 11, 1942 – died June 18, 2011) was an American musician, best known as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Clemons was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Known as “The Big Man”, Clemons played with Springsteen from 1973 to his death in 2011; his sax parts were an easily recognized feature of the E Street sound, with the most famous being his long, elegiac solo during the song “Jungleland.” With the band Clemons plays mostly tenor saxophone, but has also occasionally played soprano and baritone saxophone. He also plays various percussion instruments during songs that do not have a saxophone part.

In addition, Clemons had a larger-than-life persona within the band; he served as a visual foil to Springsteen during concerts (as well as on the Born to Run foldout album cover) and as the crowd favorite is always the last player mentioned during band introductions, usually after a lavish, over-the-top build-up from Springsteen.

In addition to his E Street Band work, Clemons had recorded with many other artists and had a number of musical projects on his own. The best known of these were his 1985 vocal duet with Jackson Browne on the hit single “You’re a Friend of Mine”, and his saxophone work on Aretha Franklin’s 1985 hit single “Freeway of Love”. In the mid-1990s, he recorded a Japan-only CD release called Aja and the Big Man “Get it On” (on the now-defunct Dream Train Records) with singer/songwriter Aja Kim (formerly of the tribute band The Iron Maidens). In the 2000s Clemons had worked with a group called The Temple of Soul, and had also recorded with philanthropic teen band Creation. During the 1980s Clemons owned a Red Bank, New Jersey nightclub called Big Man’s West.

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  • lecube

    My number 1 inspiration on the saxophone. Always and forever.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    I will never see him live. I miss you Big Man.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ferrari83

    CC ist not ON TOUR, he ist dead ;-( ........ RIP

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Fruitlessnoodle

    Real sad you're gone, Big Man. I'd hoped for a long time that there would be a follow-up to Peacemaker. Sorry you were in so much pain.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • shedonist

    Rest in peace, Clarence. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • hdsander

    RIP Mr Clarence Clemons, amazing saxophonist, you will be missed. [2]

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • JessRagh

    RIP Mr Clarence Clemons, amazing saxophonist, you will be missed.

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dxhawk

    RIP Clarence you were by far the best sax player to walk this world, and I am so proud to have seen you live with Bruce and the E street band

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BILLTHEBEARD

    SAD THAT YOU HAVE JOINED THE BAND FROM ABOVE - R.I.P. CLARENCE

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • yudhabastard

    sad to hear that. RIP clarence. you'll be missed. BIG MAN

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • OLDCHAVYCAR2RED

    R.I.P Clarence

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Floydfreakinfan

    Truely larger than life.

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Outlawsean

    RIP Clarence'BIG MAN' Clemons

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Stickybacks

    RIP Clarence :(

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    Rest in peace Big Man Clarence Clemons. Now you can play with Coltrane, Parker and Hawkins in heaven.

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • abscenced

    RIP Clarence. You were amazing. [*]

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • saa321

    RIP Clarence. You were amazing.

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MistressPuff

    Thinking of you Clarence. Celebrating your life today with a musical marathon of the gift you brought to this world. RIP Big Man - You will always be the greatest and most influential sax player.

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • AsylumLeeches

    Such an amazing and truly talented musician. RIP

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Paramo_Femalo

    R.I.P. Big Man, you'll be missed!!!

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
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