69-year-old saxophonist Clarence Clemons has a face and a sound that are known in places all around the world. As an iconic member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, he's toured the globe and played for crowds huge and small. There is, however, a danger that his melody may come to a close, according to this story from last night …
We’re sending prayers to The Big Man, Clarence Clemons He is said to be seriously ill after a stroke at his home in Florida. The legendary, magnificent saxophone star of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has had health complications in the past and overcome them. But this situation, as described to me this evening, sounds pretty dire. I am told that members of the E Street Band were advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible. Clarence has a history with Springsteen going back to the early 70s. It’s his trademark sound on “Rosalita” and other songs from “The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” that established Bruce, and moved him from singer songwriter to R&B aficionado. By the time Clarence’s sax is heard on “Born to Run” in 1975, Springsteen’s entire trajectory is changed. More recently, in addition to working with Bruce, Clarence can be heard all over Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” album.
We know it's been a long, crazy road, but we hope for the speedy recovery of the legendary sax man.
[Source: Showbiz 411]