What’s Your Favorite Clarence Clemon’s Sax Solo? [VIDEO]
Do you have a favorite saxophone solo from “The Big Man”? My favorite is his solo from Jungleland.
On Saturday night one of rock’s best sax players died, Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band passed away at 69, less than a week after he suffered a stroke in Florida. Bruce Springsteen‘s official website released a statement.
Clemons started playing the saxophone when he was nine and attended Maryland State College on both music and football scholarships. The day before he was to tryout for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns he was involved in a car accident which ended his football career.
Along with his work in the E Street Band, Clemons played on Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way album on tracks “Hair” and “The Edge of Glory.” As recently as April Clemons performed with members of the Grateful Dead in Boca Raton, Florida with their band Further.
Clemons toured with the first incarnation of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band in 1989, singing “You’re a Friend of Mine” along with Billy Preston. In 1985 he had done a duet of that song with Jackson Browne and he played on Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love.”
Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers put out an album in 1983 and Clemons released several solo albums; “Hero” (1985), “A Night With Mr. C” (1989) and “Peacemaker” (1995).
He’s contributed sax work to many artist’s albums including Todd Rundgren, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Ian Hunter, Greg Lake, Janis Ian and even Great White and Twisted Sister.
“The Big Man” also had an acting career, he portrayed a trumpet player in Martin Scorcese’s “New York, New York,” and was one of the world’s most important people in the movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” In the “Blues Brothers 2000,” he was one of the Lousiana Gator Boys. He has also guest starred on TV in “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Simpsons” and “My Wife and Kids.”
Together with his television writer friend, Don Reo, he published his autobiography in 2009 called “Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales.”