Springsteen led the tributes to his “great friend” in a statement on his website, BruceSpringsteen.net, where he spoke of his “overwhelming” loss.
PRESSENS BILD Clarence Clemons
Bruce Springsteen: “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.”
Bill Clinton and Saxophonist Clarence Clemons
Known as the ‘Big Man’, Clemons had been a key part in defining the sound of the E Street Band, contributing the iconic sax parts on hits like ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Thunder Road’. Here he is jamming with fellow sax player President Bill Clinton at the 1993 Inaugural Ball.
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Clarence Clemons pictured in 1989, during his stint with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. That same year, Bruce Springsteen broke up the E Street Band (“It was like someone had died,” recalled Clemons of the day he heard the news), though they reformed a decade later.
Owing to his popularity as a musician, Clemons was invited to appear in a number of films and TV shows – including (pictured) 1992’s Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure, in which he played a wise law-maker from the future, and The Wire, in which he played a drugs counsellor, a role that recalled his own pre-fame days working with children with behavioural problems.