Remembering Clarence Clemons And His 'Jungleland' Solo

Jun 20, 2011
Originally published on June 20, 2011 9:30 am

The sad news from the weekend that E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons died at the age of 69, a week after suffering a stroke at his home in Florida, has inspired quite a few "best Big Man solos" blogposts., for example, narrowed the number down to what it sees as Clemons' five best: His solos in Prove It All Night, Bobby Jean, Born to Run, Secret Garden and Jungleland.

There's some disagreement out there about which is No. 1.

NME says it's obviously the solo from Jungleland. Others vote for Clemons' work on Born to Run. There's a contingent that thinks the solo in Badlands deserves the nod.

This blogger, perhaps because he was a freshman in college and the Born to Run album was practically required listening on a daily basis, sides with those who favor the solo in Jungleland, the epic final song on the album. Fast forward to about the 4:15 mark in this widely watched video and see if you agree.

Springsteen, meanwhile, says of his longtime bandmate that:

"Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. 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."

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