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Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 3:23:09 PM

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E Street Band's Clarence Clemons dies
June 19, 2011 - 12:19PM

E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons has died in Florida aged 69.

Spokeswoman for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Marilyn Laverty, confirmed the death on Saturday.

Clemons was one of the key influences in Springsteen's life and music. He was hospitalised about a week ago after suffering a stroke at his home in Singer Island, Florida.
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Known as the Big Man for his imposing 196-metre, 122kg-plus frame, Clemons and his ever-present saxophone spent much of his life with The Boss. His solos became a signature sound for the E Street Band on many songs.

Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:05:12 PM
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What sad news. There was no mistaking the Boss's affection for the Big Man. in 10th Avenue Freeze Out he sings about when the big man joined the band. And what a band. Their 1975 live album from the hammersmith has been on my playlist constantly since christmas. Loved them then and I have enjoyed enjoying them again. The 18min version of Kitty's Back with the great teamwork and Clarence's sax blows me away. Vale Big Man.
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"When the change was made uptown & the BigMan joined the band from the coastline to the city or the little pretties wave their hands" now they are mourning.

Very sad news the passing of one the greatest rock sax players & genial giant.

Here is a heavily edited selection of non Bruce music that he has played on:

Dan Hartman: Images (1976) Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: I Don’t Wanna Go Home (1976) Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band: "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" / "Baby, Please Don't Go" (1977)
Intergalactic Touring Band: Intergalactic Touring Band (1977) Janis Ian: Night Rains (1979) Musicians United for Safe Energy: No Nukes (1979) Michael Stanley Band: Heartland (1980)
Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I (1980) Greg Lake: Greg Lake (1981) Ian Hunter: All of the Good Ones Are Taken (1983) Michael Stanley: Poor Side of Town (1984)
Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985) Twisted Sister: Come Out and Play (1985) Soundtrack: Porky's Revenge (1985) Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (1986) Jersey Artists For Mankind: "We've Got The Love" / "Save Love, Save Life" (1986)
Gloria Estefan: Let It Loose (1987) The Four Tops: Indestructible (1988) Todd Rundgren: Nearly Human (1989) Soundtrack: Home Alone 2 (soundtrack) (1992) Lisa Stansfield et al.: Swing – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1999)
Joe Cocker: Unchain My Heart (1990) Nils Lofgren: Silver Lining (1991) Alvin Lee: Zoom (1992) Roy Orbison: King of Hearts (1992) Luther Vandross: This is Christmas (1995) Craig and Co.: My Newish Jewish Discovery (1997) Various artists: Humanary Stew – A Tribute to Alice Cooper (1999) ) Tyrone Ashley’s Funky Music Machine: Let Me Be Your Man (2007) Stormin' Norman & Friends: Asbury Park — Then And Now (2008) Lady Gaga: The Edge Of Glory (2011)

A great loss & it will be a different E Street Band without him.
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 6:58:13 PM
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In 1975 I first heard Springsteen's "Born to Run",and the sax playing on the title track remains a pivotal memory.

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