DID YOU KNOW?
Clemons' soulful and jovial manner made him the ideal partner for Springsteen's cool, everyman appeal.
"Tears may come and go,
But there's one thing I know.
All my life you're a friend of mine.
You can depend on me.
I'll be fine...
'Cause you're a friend of mine."
Clarence was seen with his lifelong buddy Bruce Springsteen when he changed the face of the saxophones, incorporating a brass instrument into rock music, changing the lives of some musicians forever.
LEARN MORE ABOUT, "THE BIG MAN"
- "Clarence Clemons, who at the age of nine received as a Christmas present his first saxophone in lieu of a train set, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on January 11, 1942. His early love of football nearly led to another career, but, influenced by legendary players such as King Curtis and Junior Walker, it was the sax in which Clarence found his true calling."
- In addition to the sax, Clarence also backed the band with the tambourine, penny whistle, flute, and percussion.
"HOW BIG WAS THE BIG MAN? TO BIG TO DIE."