A Farewell to the “Big Man”

June 19th, 2011, byJeremy Freed

Clarence Clemons may have been best known for being a sideman to Bruce Springsteen as the saxophonist in the E-Street Band, but there was nothing minor about him. Clemons, who passed away this weekend at the age of 69, will be remembered for his music, as well as his larger-than-life persona. Not only was he a big man (a former football player, Clemons stood 6’4″ and weighed 250 lbs — hence the nickname), his musical flare was just as huge.

Known for his bright costumes and exuberant onstage energy — not to mention his proficiency on the sax, Clemons was famously pictured on the album art of “Born to Run” wearing a sweet pair of leather pants, with The Boss leaning on his shoulder.

“Clarence lived a wonderful life,” Springsteen said in a statement posted on his Website. “He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage.”

Here’s a great piece about Clemons’ life from The New York Times, and below, of course, the man himself, doing what he did best. Skip to 2:10 for some great shots of him wailing on the sax.

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    -A big man with a huge heart who will surely be missed by many who were close to him and many who didn’t get to know him personally.

Last modified: June 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm