June 19th, 2011
Clarence Clemons, the longtime and legendary saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, died on June 18, 2011, at the age of 69. His death came just six days after suffering a stroke. Clemons was a fixture with the E Street Band, first appearing with the group in 1972. As such, Clemons appeared on many top Springsteen albums, including Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. Clemons’ saxophone solos on Springsteen hits, such as “Jungleland” and “Badlands”, helped to define the Springsteen sound throughout the years.
Springsteen and Clemons developed a great friendship and appeared inseparable on stage. That closeness is forever immortalized on the cover of the landmark 1975 album Born to Run, shown below. Upon Clemons’ death, Springsteen said “With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music.” Here’s hoping that story is told to future generations. It’s a great story that words cannot adequately convey.
R.I.P., Clarence Clemons.