Clarence Clemons Passes Away at Age 69

Clarence Clemons

The sad news came wafting out of Florida Saturday night like the somber notes he would caress out of his saxophone; Clarence Clemons had passed away. For over 40 years, the loveable “Big Man,” the ying to Springsteen’s yang, changed the landscape of rock and roll with a saxophone sound that was just as prevalent as any lead guitar. Clemons’ horn raised the ante and expanded the depth of the E Street Band, bringing joy to millions. Anyone who witnessed a Springsteen concert over the years will forever carry the memory of the times Clarence would step up to the front of the stage and elevate the night. His solos were always charged with passion, played by a loveable, larger than life, man. His love for his saxophone, the E Street Band, and of Springsteen himself was imbedded in his contagious smile and his gracious heart. Clemons’ passing puts an end to a sound that will live forever in the history of rock and roll.

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