(UPDATED: I found another video (added at the bottom) that I thought was quite appropriate for this moment.)


Clarence Clemons, AKA The Big Man, is dead.  As much as I love Little Steven, Max and the rest of the band, Clemons sax playing set the E Street Band  apart from other bands of the era.

He was given an alto saxophone at age 9 as a Christmas gift; later, following the influence of King Curtis — whose many credits include the jaunty sax part on the Coasters’ 1958 hit “Yakety Yak” — he switched to the tenor.

The rest, as they say, is history.  Rock on, Big Man, you had one hell of a great run.


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A randonneur and epicure without a sinecure.
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