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Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons perform with the E Street Band at the Oakland Coliseum on Oct. 28, 1980.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clayton Call / Redferns

Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen play at New York City's Bottom Line during the "Born to Run" tour in August 1975.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard E. Aaron / Redferns

Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Garry Tallent and Max Weinberg perform during the "Born to Run" tour in 1975.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Redferns / Redferns

Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt (aka Little Steven) share a musical moment onstage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Verhorst / Redferns

Bruce Springsteen, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band perform at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta in 1975.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tom Hill / WireImage

Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons during the "Born to Run" tour. Clemons often served as a playful and big-hearted foil to the E Street Band's leader.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fin Costello / Redferns

The E Street Band's Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Garry Tallent put on a show in Atlanta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tom Hill / WireImage

Clarence Clemons performs in New York in August 1978. He initially was less than enthusiastic to learn the saxophone.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard E. Aaron / Redferns

Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons perform at San Francisco's now-defunct Winterland Arena in December 1978.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed Perlstein / Redferns

Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons get down during a MUSE "No Nukes" benefit concert in New York in 1979.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Redferns / Redferns

Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt in 1975 at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tom Hill / WireImage

Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen perform in New York in August 1978.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard E. Aaron / Redferns

President Clinton and Clarence Clemons play their saxophones at the District of Columbia/New York Ball at Clinton's inauguration in 1993.


Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen perform in Munich during 2009's "Working On A Dream" tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christof Stache / Associated Press

Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen perform at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons poses for a portrait while promoting his book "Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales" in New York in 2009.


Clarence Clemons celebrates his 69th birthday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Jan. 11, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Daly / PictureGroup

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Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, an indispensable part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band both for his full-throttle tenor sax work and his larger-than-life onstage persona as “the Big Man,” died Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered on June 12. He was 69.


  1. June 18, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Rest in Peace, Clarence. Your presence here will be greatly missed, but you will rock on forever!

    By: wandawandavalon
  2. June 19, 2011, 4:19 am

    Thank you Clarence for the music…the legendary sound of your sax. Thank you for the shows, the memories and for being a part of my formidable years. I could never think of the Boss as one…it was always Scooter & the Big Man. I went to shows at times just to watch you. You will be sorely missed. Thank you for leaving a ton of memories to relive over and over again. We watched you tire due to the rigors of an E Street Tour. Rock & Roll Heaven is now complete with the best ever rock saxophonist. You have earned the right to rest your painful bones eternally in peace. Your peaceful soul will never be forgotten.

  3. June 19, 2011, 9:02 am

    I feel so fortunate to have been able to see Clarence Clemons in concert in Milwaukee w/Bruce Springsteen.I have loved the band since I was little.Clarence Clemons took my breath away,I just stood in awe,as I had waited so long to see these men.My dad and I talked about his saxaphone playing just the other day,he will be greatly missed. Jill Springsteen

    By: jills269
  4. June 19, 2011, 10:23 am

    Rest in peace 'Big Man'……your talent and personality will live on forever. The music you made with that saxaphone will never be equaled. The coming together of you and Bruce was magical.

    By: Bob G.
  5. June 19, 2011, 5:50 pm

    The world will miss you and won’t find another Big Man, ever. Rest comfortably now, the tour is over. Tears are fallin’ in the city.

    By: Gabby
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  7. August 31, 2011, 12:18 am

    That BIG MAN and I were big friends. I miss him so much as I know Bruce does.

    That must be a really old photo if Michael and Danny are in it. When was it taken?

    Carol Lozito,
    Aritst & ROSALITA'S blonder sister

  8. August 31, 2011, 12:23 am

    Only one Big Man in the whole, big universe.! It's "Teardrops on the city'" but that's close. I picture Clarence rockin' not resting. He might even be playing the sax with Daddio, also a Sax Man who had an orchestra way back when. I love you, hope to see you in R & R heaven someday, hopefully not too soon though. We've got a lot of catching up to do bro. Love, CL

  9. December 24, 2011, 3:18 pm

    I had the opportunity of working with and experiencing Clarence as a close friend in Sea Bright , NJ in 1973. I will always remember his unbounded energy and lust for life


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