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Tribute to Clarence Clemons - Sax Player for Bruce Springsteen - 1/11/1942 to 6/18/2011

Updated on June 19, 2011

Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen and E-Street Band

A very accomplished man indeed.

Today Clarence Clemons, tenor sax player for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band died of a stroke. Clarence was just 69 when he passed.

Clarence Clemons was one of the most influential sax players in the entire music industry and is best known for his Bruce Springsteen hit, Born To Run among other sax solos from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Take our Clarence Clemons poll below this hub...

Bruce Springsteen was not the only artist Clarence performed with:

Clarence Clemons also played sax on hits by Aretha Franklin, Jackson Browne, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr (solo career, not the Beatles), and made TV appearances on Different Strokes (What you talking about Willis ? !), Nash Bridges, and the Simpsons.

Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011 and died today, June 18, 2011, due to the stroke.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Clarence Clemons also played on Lady Gaga's new album "Born This Way"?

Keep reading and you see just how popular this man was in both the music and acting industries.

How did Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons meet?

Clarence Clemons met Bruce Springsteen in September 1971 and made his music industry debut on Springsteen's debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park in July 1972. From there, he recorded and performed with the E Street Band on early famous Springsteen albums Born To Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Born in the USA and hits Tenth Avenue Freezeout, Born To Run, Blinded By the Light, Jungleland, Thunder Road and others.

It was not just music!

Clarence Clemons was also an actor. He appeared in New York New York, 1989's film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Different Strokes, My Wife and Kids (Damon Wayans), and several Weird Al Yankovic productions.

He also appeared in the Blues Brothers movies with Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi.

Clarence Clemons also had this own music and band projects:

  • Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers
  • Clarence Clemons & Temple of Soul

Other performers:

  • Zucchero
  • Gary US Bonds
  • Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Men Without Women
  • Michael Stanley
  • Twisted Sister (Come Out And Play)
  • Greg Lake (From Emerson Lake and Palmer)
  • Janis Ian
  • Joan Armatrading
  • Ronnie Spector (Who also played with the E Street Band)
  • Joe Cocker
  • Roy Orbison
  • Jim Carroll (All the people who died)
  • Dave Koz (smooth jazz sax sensation)
  • Lady Gaga

By the way, I also play sax and our band does a cover of Born To Run.

Clarence Clemons Poll

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Jungleland with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Another Jungleland sax solo

Clarence Clemmons Interview.


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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, glad you like the tribute. Being a sax player myself, I have great respect for Clarence Clemons.

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      Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great tribute, the E-Street Band will never be the same.