There is a legend surrounding the moment when Clarence Clemons, the talented saxophonist, met Bruce Springsteen. As he once told it, “A rainy, windy night it was, and when I opened the door the whole thing blew away down the street. The band were onstage, but staring at me framed in the doorway. And maybe that did make Bruce a little nervous because I just said, ‘I want to play with your band,’ and he said, ‘Sure, you do anything you want.’ The first song we did was an early version of ‘Spirit in the Night.’ Bruce and I looked at each other and didn't say anything, we just knew. We knew we were the missing links in each other's lives … So from then on I was part of history.” From that moment in 1975 until the day he died, Clemons (a.k.a. The Big Man) was an indispensible part of Springsteen’s E Street Band, as well as a successful solo artist in his own right. As an actor, he appeared in several well-known films, including Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and made cameos in TV series such as The Simpsons and The Wire. As Springsteen plans his 2012 tour, the show will have to go on without Clemons, but he certainly will never be forgotten.