Monday, January 18, 2021

Music of my youth III

 A lot of the songs I can post in this series I first heard on a car radio. I lived in an urban area, drove a delivery van for a job in high school, commuted to school on a beltway, and then rode around alot in the evenings.

Not this one. I can't tell you the date, but I know exactly where I was the first time I heard it. I was sitting in the flight line shop on the corner of VMFA-451's hanger. The afternoon launches had just gone out. Flight line had a cheap little stereo with an 8-track player and a stack of tapes. One of them was Springsteen's Born To Run. The last song on the album is Jungleland. 

When Clarence Clemons came in with that horn I was blown away. Background noise, tinny speakers, 8-track fidelity, nothing got in the way of the majesty of his ability. Here it is. The horn comes in at 4:25.


Old NFO said...

Oh yes... He was amazing!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Clarence Clemons was the man. His work was so distinctive and such a part of that band.