The E Street Band’s legendary saxaphonist Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons died last week at the age of 69, after complications from a stroke he suffered in early June.
Most fans will remember him for his legendary solos on “Born To Run,” “Thunder Road,” and “Jungleland,” though the Big Man’s talents reached much farther as he collaborated with Jackson Browne, Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr & The All-Starr Band, and even Lady Gaga. What’s more Clemons frequently sat in with the Grateful Dead and their members, even as recently as April 2011. The video below features Clemons with the Grateful Dead in 1989 playing “Iko Iko (Jock-A-Mo).”
Bruce Springsteen released the following statement:
Clarence lived a wonderful life. 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.