Clarence Clemons, the famed saxophonist who joined the E Street band in 1972 and made himself a legend among rock musicians, died today of complications from a stroke he suffered last week in Florida.
“Clarence lived a wonderful life,” Bruce Springsteen said in a statement. “He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”
Clarence was an amazing musician who made his presence felt in the E Street Band and beyond. Enjoy this saxophone solo from Clemens June 7, 2009 performance in Stockholm, Sweeden and let’s remember a man who rock music won’t soon forget.
And just for kicks, Bruce’s “Dancing In The Dark,” which features one of Clarence’s most iconic performances of the music video era: