Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist who played alongside Bruce Springsteen for four decades, passed away today at 69. The Big Man and his sound will be missed.

Above, a simple mournful reminder of what we’ll be going without: First up, a soulful solo from “Jungleland,” performed in Milwaukee back in March 2008. And then a return to the early days, a youthful performance of “Thunder Road” recorded at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ (1978). Clarence takes over at the 6:12 mark.

H/T to David Remnick for bringing this vintage clip to the suface.

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