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Saturday, June 18, 2011

R.I.P. Clarence Clemons, Springsteen Sideman and Saxophone Great

Posted By on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM


The Big Man is gone.

Clarence Clemons, who over four decades helped leave his own stamp on popular music with bombastic, soaring saxophone playing with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and others, died Saturday. He was 69.

Clemons -- whose nickname referred to his hulking six-foot-five, 270-pound frame -- suffered a stroke on June 12, and had been in ailing health for the last several years. His signature saxophone style -- exemplified by Springsteen tunes like "Jungleland" and "Born to Run" -- saw a revival on recent releases like Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" and others.

Clemons died at his home in Singer Island, Fla., on Saturday. "His loss is immeasurable," Springsteen said in a statement.



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