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Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen during a Dec. 12, 1984, concert in Lexington, Ky.
Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen during a Dec. 12, 1984, concert in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty Images
What made Bruce Springsteen a mega-star? You could say it was his working-class poetry. His verve. You could also say it was Clarence Clemons.
Clemons was the "Big Man" on saxophone at Springsteen's side — the joyful supporting player whose solos brought out the soul in "Jungleland," "Born to Run," Thunder Road" and on and on. He was "myth and light," Springsteen says. A star all his own.
Now, Clemons is dead at 69. In this edition of On Point, we listen back on the saxophonist's career with:
- T.M. Stevens, bass guitarist. Played with Clarence Clemons' band Temple of Soul. Currently touring with Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band.