'Big Man' Clarence Clemons recalled in NJ haunt

June 18, 2011 - 11:41 PM

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Within hours of the death of legendary saxophone player Clarence Clemons, flowers, a candle and a handwritten sign saying "RIP Big Man" sprouted outside the rock club in Asbury Park, N.J., where Clemons and Bruce Springsteen cut their musical teeth four decades ago.

The Stone Pony was hosting an unrelated act catering to a younger crowd Saturday, but older fans of Clemons drifted by the club to share memories.

Phil Kuntz of Rumson brought a small yellow flower. He says he'll miss hearing "Jungleland" played live.

Caroline O'Toole, the club's general manager, says Clemons was known as "The Big Man." But she says he was even bigger in Asbury Park, where fans grew up with his booming sax as part of the Jersey shore sound.