adiós clarence clemons

We were sad to hear that Clarence Clemons, legendary saxaphonist in Springsteen’s E Street band, passed away. He’s left an legacy of great riffs in the world and in our collective psyches, including this one from Jungleland.

The story of how he and Springsteen met is some kind of amazing, about how two people can catalyze each other to create. From yesterday’s New York Times:

Mr. Clemons’s first encounter with Mr. Springsteen has become E Street Band lore. In most tellings, a lightning storm was rolling through Asbury Park one night in 1971 while Mr. Springsteen was playing a gig there. As Mr. Clemons entered the bar, the wind blew the door off its hinges, and Mr. Springsteen was startled by the towering shadow at the door. Then Mr. Clemons invited himself onstage to play along, and they clicked.

“I swear I will never forget that moment,” Mr. Clemons later recalled in an interview. “I felt like I was supposed to be there. It was a magical moment. He looked at me, and I looked at him, and we fell in love. And that’s still there.”

Video link here.

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