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Remembering the Life of ‘E Street Band’ Saxophonist Clarence Clemons

June 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM EDT

JEFFREY BROWN: And we close tonight with a brief celebration of a musician known as the Big Man.

Clarence Clemons was best known as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s great sidemen, the sax player, founding member, and joyful stage presence of Bruce — Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Band.”

Clemons died this weekend of complications from a stroke. He had a solo career as well, and was recently featured on Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way.”

But it is on records and on stage with Springsteen that the 6’4” Clemons made his biggest mark and most memorable solos.

Here’s one of those from the song “Jungleland” in a 2001 concert at Madison Square Garden.


JEFFREY BROWN: Clarence Clemons died Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69 years old.