Teardrops On The City

Last night, Clarence Clemons passed away six months shy of his 70th birthday in Florida. Also known as “The Big Man” ever since Bruce sang about him on Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Clarence was an integral part of the E Street Band’s sound and particularly for his energetic stage presence. I was fortunate to see the E Street Band on two occasions and getting to see The Big Man was a highlight each time. It was pretty hard for anyone to compete with Bruce’s on-stage antics, but Clarence and, to a lesser extent, Max Weinberg were the only ones who succeeded in taking some of the limelight off the bandleader. Clarence’s saxophone was mostly to the fore on the Born to Run album, but he was also responsible for some percussion and vocal duties after that. He worked with loads of other musicians besides Bruce and released many albums in his own right. His version of an unreleased Springsteen track called Savin’ Up is taken from a 1997 tribute to The Boss called One Step Up – Two Steps Back. In 1985, his duet with Jackson Browne, You’re a Friend of Mine, was a hit in the United States. I’m sure it will get a few more airings in the coming weeks as Clarence will no doubt be jamming somewhere with his old friend, Danny Federici


You’re a Friend of Mine – Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

Savin’ Up (Bruce Springsteen cover) – Clarence Clemons

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