Clarence Clemons, saxophonist
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Clarence Clemons

January 11, 1942, Norfolk, VA ~ June 18, 2011, Palm Beach, FL

So who is the “Minister of Soul” and the “Secretary of the Brotherhood?” In concert introductions Bruce would ask: “Do I have to say his name?” to which the audience would dutifully reply with only one word: “Clarence!” ~ Clarence Clemons ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 ©

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January 11, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Mariah Carey, Can't Let Go ~ #2 (3) Color Me Badd, All 4 Love ~ #1 (1) Michael Jackson, Black Or White


Saxophonist/vocalist Clarence Clemons was a member of Bruce Springsteen's backup group, the E Street Band, from 1973 to 1989. Clemons' soulful R&B stylings became a key element of the band's sound, notably on Springsteen's breakthrough hit ‘Born to Run’ along with other singles and album tracks. Given his fiery soloing, audience rapport, and obvious camaraderie with Springsteen and the other E Street Band members, he was also a fan favorite during the group's marathon live sets. Clemons released several solo albums and scored a duet hit with Jackson Browne, ‘You're a Friend of Mine.’ ~ Allmusic: Clarence Clemons ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Allmusic

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Aretha Franklin ~ Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985) ~ Ranked #89 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ “If I see someone cute,” Aretha Franklin told producer Narada Michael Walden during an initial telephone conversation to discuss working together on an album the singer was planning, “I may wink. Then he may wink, and it's like 'Who's zoomin' who?'” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The E Street Band

The E Street Band was founded in October 1972, but it was not formally named until September 1974. […] The band took its name from the street in Belmar, New Jersey, where Sancious' mother lived. She allowed the band to rehearse in her garage. “Bruce tourism” to the area often mistakenly believe the house was on the corner of E Street and 10th Avenue, perhaps due to the song Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out about the band's beginnings. The Sancious house was at 1107 E Street with the garage squeezed between the house and the southside fence. ~ Wikipedia: E Street Band ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Wikipedia

The E Street Band ~ Inducted in the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Through various incarnations, the “mighty men and women” of the E Street Band, as Springsteen calls them, have provided a unique and powerful sonic template for Springsteen’s music, combining British invasion guitar-driven rock, the joy of 1950s rock and roll and the drama and dynamics of soul music. They are showmen of the first order, and have more stamina than any rock band in the history of the music. ~ 2014 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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