Skip to main content

[H]is baritone sax tugged at the bottom of the track like taffy on the sole of a sneaker.”

The quote is from this obituary of Clarence Clemons. Sadly, The Big Man died yesterday.

I saw him at a solo gig once, during the year I worked in Turin. He did a load of blues and rock standards, some of his own, and a couple of Springsteen songs. “Well what did you expect?” he said, “The Big Man wouldn’t be The Big Man without The Boss.”

And I saw the E-Street Band on the Born in the USA tour, where his sax, of course, tore the house down. Always a neat trick at an outdoor gig.

Sad to see him go.