Clarence Clemons

I’m a child of the 80’s. My first and most enduring musical loves are folks like Bryan Adams, Van Halen (the DLR version, thank you), RATT, and the king of ’em all, The Boss.

What made Bruce Springsteen “The Boss” and not just another blue-collar bard, though, was his back-up band. The hot, slightly crazed Gypsy dude (Steven Van Zandt?), the lovely Patti Scialfa (who’s been credited with the demise of Springsteen’s puzzling marriage to model/actress Julianne Phillips – whom I will always remember in that awful lifeguard movie with a white streak of zinc on her nose…), and the towering presence of the soulful Clarence Clemons on the saxophone.

 

I can’t imagine Bruce without Clarence – and I don’t want to. It’s the soundtrack of my youth, and I like it just as it is.

After Clemons death last night, Springsteen released the following statement – a fitting eulogy from one artist to another:

“Clarence lived a wonderful life. 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. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly 40 years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.”

 

 

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