The death of Clarence Clemons, one of the most celebrated saxophonist in rock music has saddened so many people among them his hero Bruce Stingsteen.

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Clarence Clemons, Springsteen’s Soulful Sideman, Dies at 69
By BEN SISARIO
The saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s band had a jovial onstage manner and soul-rooted style that made him one of rock’s most beloved sidemen.

Mike
Rockville, MD
June 19th, 2011
11:27 am
How sad, as a fan for decades, I will miss his music. My heartfelt sympathies to his family, to Bruce and the rest of the E Street Band. He may no longer be here in body, but you will be damn sure that he will always be here in soul. When you think of him, you can always laugh out loud. RIP Big Man, you are loved.

Paul
Narragansett,RI
June 19th, 2011
11:28 am
I met Clarence in the 1980’s when he played a club in Houston in the early eighties. My brother worked there and had a big banner made and draped over the front of the building above the entrance way. It read: Houston welcomes the Big Man! This morning there is a banner hanging from the sky: Heaven welcomes the Big man! Bless you Big Man and RIP.
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pbilsky
Manchester, VT
June 19th, 2011
11:30 am
My memory is from 1979. I was a concert promoter in Providence, RI and Bruce and the band were on their first tour in a year and were at that moment of going from a really well known regional act to superstardom.

My favorite story about him is from a Providence College concert. All the band and crew members were all very nice but pretty demanding. Between sodas, beers, food, electricity, security and on and on they wanted and expected it all, price be damned. And we did fine. After the show, there was plenty of hubbub backstage, the usual groupies, wannabees and hangers-on. Everyone was looking for something; a hug, a kiss, a beer, an autograph, a little action, the usual.

All of a sudden a door opens and a guy says something like, “I am here from the Lobster Pound Restaurant, I have a delivery of ten lobster for some guy named Clemins.” “Great,” I thought, “another couple of hundred down the drain.”

As I reached into my pocket, Clarence came out and as cool as can be, said, “No way, man. I could never expect you to pick up something like this for me, I just wanted a shore dinner after the show. I’m paying for this.”.


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