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The following is from Barack Obama, who for eight years a president graced our country with dignity, intelligence, class, curiosity, and so much more....
MTV launched 30 years ago today with this video, The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star." But 30 years later, while music videos are barely seen on MTV, replaced by reality TV, radio is still doing OK (overly reliant on monolithic corporately-programmed music and mindless political chat, but OK). Music videos survive today not because of MTV, but because of YouTube.
Sad news: E Street Band sax player, music legend, and Norfolk native Clarence Clemons has passed away.
Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's longtime saxophone player and a legend in the music industry, died Saturday from complications following a stroke he suffered about a week ago.Wow, that one hurts. I've been a huge Bruce Springsteen fan for years, and also a big fan of Brooooce's E Street Band. Sadly, two key members of that band -- keyboardist Danny Federici (who died in April 2008) and saxophonist Clarence Clemons -- have now left us forever. Rest in peace, "Big Man" -- you will live on through your music and will not be forgotten!
Clemons' sax has been one of the most defining elements of the E Street Band's sound. He has suffered from numerous ailments over the last few years. He had double knee surgery and even had to perform from a wheelchair at one point.