Sunday, June 19, 2011

Death of Clarence Clemons, saxophonist of the 'E Street Band "Bruce Springsteen

The American saxophonist Clarence Clemons, a member of Springsteen's E Street Band deBruce, died Saturday in Florida at age 69 from complications of a stroke suffered a week ago. Clemons died at a hospital in Palm Beach with his fifth wife, Victoria, and other members of his family. His last public appearance was in the contest "American Idol" with Lady GagaConocido as The Big Man ('The Big Man') for its size, Clemons added four decades defining the sound of the most emblematic songs of the E Street Band, as Thunder Road, Badlands, Born to Run Jungleland or (in fact, appears with his 'boss' in the album of the same name, 1975).

Operated at various times during the last years of back and knees, his last public appearance took place on May 25 to share the stage with Lady Gaga in the U.S. television program American Idol.

Nothing about your death, Springsteen released an emotional farewell statement on its website. "It was my great friend and my partner, my band was able to tell a story much deeper than he was simply contained in our music." "His life, his memory and love that will live in history and in our band. Their loss is immeasurable and we are honored to have known him for almost 40 years," added the note of condolence.

Born in Virginia in 1942, Clemons began playing the saxophone at the age of nine years before moving to New Jersey, where he worked as a youth counselor before joining Springsteen's band, which injected a mixture of blues, jazz and funk, which led him to work independently with such artists as Aretha Franklin, the Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia and Jackson Browne, who achieved success in the charts in 1985 with the single You're a Friend of Mine.

However, the bulk of his career is in the E Street Band, after his first meeting with Springsteen at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park (New Jersey).

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