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  •  RIP Clarence Clemons (27+ / 0-)

    He was born on January 11, 1942.  His passing in 2011 was a tremendous loss not just for Bruce Springsteen, but also for the world of music.


    For almost 40 years, Clarence Clemons was an integral part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.  Affectionately known as "The Big Man," Clemons was a former college football player whose dreams of a pro career were cut short by a car accident soon after he'd attracted attention from the NFL's Cleveland Browns.  He also appeared in several movies and television programs including New York, New York, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Simpsons.

    When he passed away in 2011, the Newark Star-Ledger remembered him fondly as a great musician and devoted friend


    Clarence Clemons: Big man, bigger friend

    For decades, Springsteen’s legendary shaggy-dog tales on stage would often include Clemons as protector, instigator, adviser, confidant, fellow life traveler — a person who could fill all the roles someone could want from a pal, through thick and thin.

    On stage, this was symbolized best when Clemons’ and Springsteen’s right hands would smash together in an overhead high-five and remain clasped while perspiration would shower down like fireworks. In the crowd, such bonds were just as obvious, with groups laughing and hugging and cheering.

    (Clarence Clemons, left, and Bruce Springsteen on stage in 2009.  photo credit: Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

    "We stood side by side each one fightin’ for the other," Springsteen sang in "Blood Brothers," a tribute to his E Street Band comrades. "We said until we died we’d always be blood brothers."  Count yourself as one of the lucky ones in the world if you have a devoted friend like Clemons.  Along with Jackson Browne on "You’re a Friend of Mine," one of Clemons’ biggest solo hits, Clemons sang, "You can call on me until the day you die."

    Long past his death Saturday, Clarence Clemons will still be a testament to the meaning and value of friendship.

    •  When the DH comes back home I will have to tell (13+ / 0-)

      him that he shares a birthday w/Clarence Clemons.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:46:05 PM PST

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    •  If You're Here & We're Here, They're Here (4+ / 0-)

      Springsteen was saying that line on the "Wrecking Ball Tour" as he referenced Clarence during the band introductions during "City of Ruins". They also lost organist Danny Federici in the last few years.  He would do the roll call for the band which when Clarence was alive would always end with him ("last but not least"). You can see a clip of it here which also shows that it took a whole horn section to replace Clarence. Fans are doing a "we're not worthy wave" as they point to the section of the stage where Clarence use to play

      Springsteen use to say his concerts were like a combination  of a revival meeting, a political rally and a dance party. Love how on this current tour it has also been a long New Orleans funeral march added to the mix. "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" would also include a video tribute to Clarence after the line "well they made that change uptown and the big man joined the band"

    •  Awesome guy, one of the spirit warriors (4+ / 0-)

      here to do good.

      Whether he realized it or not.

      If your music can keep people from committing suicide, you've got strong mojo.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:04:49 PM PST

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