Clarence Clemons, the beloved saxophone player best known for his decades playing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, died at the age of 69 this weekend less than a week after he suffered a stroke.
Clemons was one of the most recognizable members of Springsteen's famous band, often displaying his charismatic personality on stage alongside Springsteen, and even appearing with The Boss on the cover of his iconic album Born to Run, one of the only people other than Springsteen himself to be featured on his album cover.
His musical contributions were evident from the very beginning of Springsteen's career in the early '70s, and his contributions on tunes such as "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," "Born to Run" and "Rosalita" turned them all into classics. However, according to a statement released by Springsteen shortly after his death on Sunday, Clemons was much more than just a musician.
"He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band," he said.
Though Clemons was best known as a member of the E Street Band, according to The New York Times he dabbled in a number of other areas over the years. He acted in the Martin Scorsese film "New York, New York" and appeared in the comedy "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," as well as on an episode of Diff'rent Strokes. More recently, he had contributed to two tracks on Lady Gaga's most recent album, and appeared in her video for "The Edge of Glory."