“Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, an indispensable part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band both for his full-throttle tenor sax work and his larger-than-life onstage persona as ‘the Big Man’ died Saturday. He was 69.
“Clemons, who put his stamp on such Springsteen staples as ‘Born to Run,’ ‘Jungleland’ and ‘Rosalita,’ died in a Palm Beach, Fla., hospital of complications from a massive stroke he suffered June 12 at his Florida home, a spokeswoman for Springsteen and the E Street Band said.
“‘Clarence is his sax’ Springsteen told Peter Gambaccini, author of the 1979 biography “Bruce Springsteen. ‘Sometimes you can’t tell where Clarence ends and his sax begins.”‘
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