Tramps Like Us...We Will Miss You Big Man!!! The Florida Keys Have a Special Place in Our Hearts For You!

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"Tramps like us...Baby we were born to run"
1970s  E Street Band... Born to Run...Arguably the greatest rock song ever recorded.  And a MAJOR part of that recording...the grit and vibe...was the Big Man - Clarence Clemons.  If Heaven has a House Band ... The sound just got a whole lot cooler.
What many people may not be aware of is his great connection to and enjoyment of The Florida Keys.

Here are excerpts from and article in The Florida Keys Keynoter by Larry Kahn
Shown here releasing a bonefish, Clemons found great enjoyment in fishing Keys waters. (Photo courtesy of Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series)
"Saxophone player extraordinaire Clarence Clemons, 69, for nearly 40 years Bruce Springsteen's No. 2 man in the E Street Band, was well known in the Keys for playing gigs at various bars, sitting in with whatever bands were playing.
They include the Schooner Wharf in Key West; the Brass Monkey Lounge, Castaway, Dockside Lounge and the Hurricane Grille in Marathon; and Woody's, the Lorelei and Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.

Clemons, who died June 18, was also a staple fixture at a group of Florida Keys fishing tournaments that raise money for cystic fibrosis treatment and research.
"He always showed up with his sax and played, even though I never was presumptuous that he would play," said Gary Ellis, founder of the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series.
Ellis said that even though it wasn't widely known, Clemons had an affinity for sportfishing.
"He was totally taken by fishing," Ellis said. "He was all about Keys fishing ... for tarpon and bonefish."

 In the Keys, Clemons' special place was in Marathon. His Stirrup Key home overlooks Florida Bay.Clarence plays the Brass Monkey in Marathon  in May 2010 at the Save the Monkey party.  (Photo by Ryan McCarthy, "Florida Keys Keynoter")
Clemons' 2009 autobiography, "Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales," has a chapter called "Marathon Key." In it, he writes following back surgery:
Most of my time lately has been spent in Florida healing. It's a slow process but I'm doing well. I feel strong every day and look forward to dancing across the stage again on the next tour. As I write this, I'm sitting on my porch looking out at the bay toward the horizon where the ocean meets the sky.

The book also has a chapter called "Looking Back from Islamorada." That recounts his chance meeting with singer Jimmy Buffett, who was signing books at an Islamorada bookstore, likely Hooked on Books.

Clemons went into the bookstore and saw a bunch of Parrot Heads {as Buffett fans are called}.

I walked up to the head of the line and waited for Jimmy to notice me. It's very hard not to notice me. Especially in a tiny Florida bookstore a few feet off the highway.
"You'll have to get in line with everybody else, sir," said Jimmy when he finally looked up.
"I don't think so," I said.
"I don't think so either," said Jimmy, smiling. "Big Man! Look everybody, it's Clarence Clemons."
The folks in line smiled. Two big stars for the price of one in a very unlikely setting. Well, one big star and me. They applauded. "

Thank you for your Artisty Big Man!!.

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Hi Mykael, Thanks for your comment on my blog...I clicked over to yours and went to your website...I still have Jimmy Buffett running in another window...its perfect...just perfect.  Great site.

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