Clarence Clemons, R.I.P.


Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, whose jovial onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Mr. Springsteen made him one of rock’s most beloved sidemen, died on Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.


In a statement released Saturday night, Mr. Springsteen called Mr. Clemons “my great friend, my partner.”

“With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music,” he added. “His life, his memory and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”

He was one of the great ones. Heaven just got a new sax man for the house band.

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21 Responses to Clarence Clemons, R.I.P.

  1. Jadzia says:

    Many years ago i was a little while girl who desperately wanted to grow up to be clarence clemons. yes, people thought this was a bit odd. rip big man.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Growing up my older sister played the sax in the school band. Listening to a beginner practice scales is not pleasant.

      I played outside a lot.

  2. Three Wickets says:

    Not a Springsteen fan, just never got into his voice. But I went to see Clarence and his band when he was doing his own thing in the 90s. Outdoors on a hot summer day in the city, and he rocked. RIP.

  3. jjmtacoma says:

    I can remember when 69 was old. Seems way too young now. Loved to see that guy play…

  4. Three Wickets says:

  5. Valissa says:

    This weekend I am in Springsteen country. My family lives in the same general area of New Jersey (Asbury Park) and we are visiting for Father’s Day. Just yesterday when we were talking about Clarence’s stroke, my sister-in-law mentioned how years ago Bruce and Patty used to come by weekly to the restaurant-bakery she worked at to get his favorite oatmeal cookies.

    I only saw Bruce Springsteen (with Clarence & E Street Band) in concert once… in the summer of 1975. I was only 19 at the time but I still remember what a great performance it was. Was never a big fan, but I did like many of their his songs.

    From the early 80’s until about 2 years ago Asbury Park was a pit. We used to joke that it had succumbed to ‘the blight’ (lots of local stories about Mafia games and suspicious building fires) and wondered if it would ever get rehabbed. Projects would start up and would mysteriously stop again, and the place looked like hell. Considering that Asbury Park is on some prime beach front it was very strange that it took 20 years before investors finally started rebuilding the beach front. In the past 2 years the boardwalk has been repaired, a number of new restaurants, bars, and shops have opened up and the area is finally looking pretty good again.

    R.I.P. Clarence and thanks for all the great music!

    • foxyladi14 says:

      indeed condolences to the family

    • Valissa says:

      Here is a link to the website of the Stone Pony, the renowned rock club in Asbury Park that Bruce would often show up at unannounced to perform when he was in the mood. Sometimes Clarence would show up too. Unfortunately that never happened when I was there.

      They are having a celebration in Clarence’s honor there today starting at 12pm.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    but on a happier note
    I hope that you all have a most wonderful Father’s Day. 🙂

  7. mjr says:
    you can’t make this stuff up. off duty cop in a clown suit kills alleged robber. how about giving clowns a bad name

  8. soupcity says:

    Thanks for this tribute myiq love the BIg Man forever

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    enbeding is easy.go watch on utube right click copy url and come here and right click and paste :lol 😆

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    just that easy.the Klown taught me many good things.
    THANKS!!!!!! :mrgreen:

    • Mr. Mike says:

      Bit of trivia, Springsteen was approaced to write a song for this movie with the title Born in the USA.

  11. Three Wickets says:

    White House strategist David Plouffe says all President Barack Obama’s messages should be directed to a middle-aged, white woman in Ohio.

    Lolol. Sure why not. Who’s going to remember all the insults anyway. 🙂

  12. JeanLouise says:

    I’m a middle-aged, white woman in Ohio and I’ve gotten the message. It’s “Fuck you!”

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