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Most of them took to Twitter to share their favorite memories of Clemons, whose larger-than-life personality and talent spanned across generations.
Jesse Dylan, son of musician Bob Dylan, honored Clemons’ contributions to Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band by tweeting a video of Clemons talking about meeting Springsteen for the first time. “A beautiful recollection,” Dylan said.
Springsteen issued a statement on his longtime friend and bandmate’s death Saturday night, writing, “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.”
CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv highlighted his favorite moment from the Springsteen-Clemons collaboration. “Pained that #Clarence Clemons has died. Listen to the Big Man play on Bruce’s “Rosalita” etc etc. Sad. Remember the joy.”
SNL‘s Seth Meyers also recalled his fondest memory of Clemons’ musical career: “RIP Clarence Clemons. I’ll never forget when the change was made uptown and the big man joined the band.”
Filmmaker Michael Moore took a more intimate approach to his mourning. “RIP Clarence Clemons. So many yrs of bringing joy 2 so many of us,” he tweeted. “In 94 I spent a day cruising round NJ w/ him. Unforgettable.”
Gayle King, editor of The Oprah Magazine and host of The Gayle King Show, also shared a personal memory on Twitter. “So sorry to hear about clarence clemons we became pals after I intvued him last year thinking about his lovely wife victoria tonite,” she wrote.
Added actor Rob Lowe, “Clarence Clemons was an electric, generous, sweet spirit. Taught me how to look cool with a sax. Goodbye Big Man #Legendary”
David Remnick at the New Yorker remembered Clemons’ unique, soulful sound, calling him “an entirely sublime band member, an absolutely essential, and soulful, ingredient in both the sound of Springsteen and the spirit of the group.”
Remnick followed up by listing his favorite performances of Clemons’, which include the Springsteen-led E Street Band’s 1975 concert at Hammersmith Odeon and their show at the Capitol Theater in September 1978.
Singers and songwriters in particular held the musical icon in fond remembrance.
“My heart goes out to Clarence Clemons and his family, friends, bandmates, and fans. RIP Clarence,” wrote American Idol alum David Cook.
Singer Janet Jackson tweeted, “Clarence Clemons was a wonderful talent. He will be on my mind tonight.”
Former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello wrote, “Thank you so much Big Man for sweetening the sound of our planet with your sax and your soul.”
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