Sax Legend Clarence Clemons Dead at 69
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Iconic saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band died on Saturday, June 18, after suffering a stroke. Clemons was 69.
Bruce Springsteen confirmed the message via his official website. “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,” said Springsteen. “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.”
Few could play the saxophone like Clemons, who also enjoyed a respectable career outside of the E Street Band. Aside from his own five solo albums, the Big Man also worked with Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr, and Luther Vandross. Most recently, Clemons lent his powerful tenor sax to Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.”
Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go to his family. Sleep with angels, Clarence. You’ll be missed by the music world.
His legacy will live on through performances like these: