LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died on Saturday, according to media reports, almost a week after he had a stroke at his Florida home. He was 69.
The New York Times said Clemons' death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Springsteen. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports.
Clemons started playing with Springsteen in 1971, and had notable solos on such tunes as "Born to Run," "Thunder Road" and "Badlands." He was dubbed "Big Man," which was also the title of a 2009 memoir he co-wrote with Don Reo.
Away from the E Street Band, Clemons enjoyed a hit single in 1985 with "You're a Friend of Mine," a duet with Jackson Browne. He also dabbled in acting, and worked with other artists including Ringo Starr, Aretha Franklin and Lady Gaga.
Clemons underwent double knee-replacement surgery in 2008, and walked for the first time in three months when Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Super Bowl early in 2009.
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Stockholm June 7th 09 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Somebody had to be the Big Man. The star of the E Street Band (if you don't count Danny, Gary, Max, Roy, Patty, Steve and that other guy).
It was the Summer of 1999, everything was wonderful, Bruce was playing at the Meadowlands (Continental Arena) I had the best of seats and my Camcorder was rolling. I caught the entire show-Clarence Clemons brought down the house with a Solo. www.tycoongalleries.com
Greek Theatre, September 3rd 1989. "You're a Friend of Mine" is a 1985 hit song, written by Narada Michael Walden and Jeffrey Cohen, with lead vocals by Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne in a duet. At the time of the song's release, Clemons was already well known nationally as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. The song was released on Clemons' solo album Hero of that year. Browne's then-girlfriend Daryl Hannah provides background vocals and appears in the song's music video painting and later filming the duo. Also appearing in the video is a backing band, including songwriter Walden on drums. Bolstered by the enormous popularity of Bruce Springsteen at the time, the song was a decent success commercially, reaching the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#18), Mainstream Rock (#16), and Adult Contemporary (#21) charts in the US The song was named #100 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s in 2009.
Furthur w/ Al Schnier (moe.) and Clarence Clemons "Lovelight" Mizner Park Amphitheater Boca Raton, FL 04-06-2011. Recorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live in Milwaukee, WI (Bradley Center) March 17, 2008 "Jungleland" Clarence Clemons: tenor saxophone solo The Bigman plays an amazing solo. Recorded from more or less the front row (!!!!) at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 17, 2008. (St. Patrick's Day!)
The Alan Thicke Show in 1982. Before iPods. (What's a rock & roll DJ?)
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