Clarence Clemons, better known as "The Big Man," was the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street band. He died on Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered earlier this month. And while so many are mourning the loss, perhaps no one has been as vocal as Springsteen himself.
They met in the early 1970's and both were fond of saying it was love at first sight. Recently, Clemons was too sick to spend much time on stage. But Springsteen always made it clear how much he adored the saxophonist who earned his nickname "The Big Man" due to his enormous stature.
He died at 69, but packed a lot of living into those few years. Here are a few of Clemon's best moments, some with his longtime close friend and band-mate Springsteen and some solo. Here they are:
"I have seen the future of the whole f**in' thing and it's Big Man Clarence Clemons," Springsteen says. Indeed. In his statement, Springsteen said:
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.
The love between the men was palpable. Here is another one:
Here is Clemons alone:
Here he is playing the National Anthem in April on opening day for the Florida Marlins:
Here he is performing with Lady Gaga on American Idol:
Clarence Clemons will be missed. There will never be another saxophonist quite as cool as "The Big Man."
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