Remembering Clarence Clemons and Sax in Pop Music

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saxophone legend Clarence "Big Man" Clemons passed away over the weekend, following complications of a stroke he suffered last week. For almost 40 years, Clemons was the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. With his passing, not only did we lose a legend, but also one of the last sax players in pop music. How many songs in recent memory have you heard on top 40 radio featuring a saxophone? David Hinckley, from the New York Daily News, joins us to talk about Clemons's legacy and the role of the sax (or lack thereof) in current pop music.


David Hinckley

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [4]

steve on LI from nys

hinckley said 'absolutely' a few times but i do not think he said it in response ot the comment that clinton killed the saxophone

Jun. 20 2011 11:22 PM
Scott from Charlotte, North Carolina

I suggest your listens try the amazing Texan band "BROWNOUT" ...this is classic Latin funk and the band has multiple sax players....even features the great baritone sax....or anything on Daptone records....Sharon Jones & Budos Band

Jun. 20 2011 03:50 PM
Janice Cohen from Detroit

Why no mention of Bob Seger? His saxophonist has several great solos!!

Jun. 20 2011 08:58 AM
Darrick from Atlanta

If want to know where the sax went in pop music, listen to soul music. Beyonce has a female saxophonist in her live band. Incognito (British soul band) has an awesome sax player as well. Rock may have abandoned the sax but it is alive and well in Soul.

Jun. 20 2011 07:53 AM

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