R.I.P. Clarence Clemons (1942-2011)
Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist best known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, died on Saturday, June 18 at the age of 69. Clemons had suffered a severe stroke on June 12 and, despite two brain surgeries within the next 24 hours, his condition reportedly continued to worsen throughout the week.
Clemons first joined forces with Springsteen in 1971, before the young New Jersey singer-songwriter recorded his debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park." The imposing saxophone player, nicked "The Big Man" by Springsteen, quickly became the most identifiable member of the E Street Band apart from Springsteen himself, and his rip-roaring solos became a signature element of songs like "Born to Run," "Jungleland" and "Dancing in the Dark." Most recently, he played sax on Lady Gaga's latest album, "Born This Way," and appeared with Gaga in her "Edge of Glory" video. His last public performance was with Lady Gaga on the season finale of "American Idol."
Here's a look back at Clemons's colorful career in pictures, from his earliest days in the E Street Band to his later status as a Grammy-winning rock and roll icon.
From Metromix Jersey Shore: Fans pay their respects at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park