Tonight in Jungleland (Clarence Clemons, 1942-2011)

Anyone who knows or cares about music knows already knows Clarence Clemons passed about 5 1/2 hours ago. And millions of us will wax rhapsodic about the greatest rock’n’roll saxophonist and sideman of all in the coming hours and day or two, and what he meant to us as music fans.

I won’t add to the pollution.  Anything I’d say would be as woefully inadequate as my sax playing, and I never picked up the instrument in my life. (Though later on, I’ll post the interview I did with him for the New Haven Register in January 2004.)

But I’ll leave you three clips of The Big Man. The first is from one of The E Street Band’s most legendary performances — the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, N.J., Sept. 19, 1978, playing my favorite song from high school, “Jungleland,” the song that made me a Bruce fan. The second is Lady Gaga’s new video, “The Edge of Glory,” accompanied by Clarence. The last is from April 1 in Miami — the national anthem at the Florida Marlins’ season-opener against the Mets. Rest easy, Big Man …

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