Monday, June 20, 2011

Remembering Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons, who passed away on Saturday at 69, was the true heir to rhythm and blues tenor saxophone giant King Kurtis. Clemons started his career as a rock ‘n’ roll sax player inspired by Kurtis’s solos on hit tunes by The Coasters, including the 1958 “Yakety Yak.” He was vital to Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band; such songs as “Born To Run,” “Jungleland” and “Rosalita” would not be the same without Clemons’ vigorous, muscular solos. Springsteen paid tribute to Clemons as “my great friend, my partner,” and stated, “With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell as story far deeper than those simply contained in our music.” Performing above in 2009 at Madison Square Garden, “The Big Man” played a soaring solo from “Jungleland,” making it clear that he was a rock saxophone giant in his own right.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

It's true; it was Clemons' saxophone that set The E Street Band apart from other greate rock 'n' roll bands. I'll have my own tribute mix on Friday's show.

Jeff Tone said...

Readers can hear the Molar Maven's tribute at St. James Infirmary,