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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Jon Clarke, 54, veteran musician

Los Angeles Times

Jon Clarke, an original member of the Loggins & Messina band and a veteran studio and recording musician, has died. He was 54.

Clarke died of kidney cancer Friday at his home on Kaua'i, said one of his sisters, Sally Stevens of Los Angeles.

Classically trained, Clarke played several instruments, specializing in oboe and saxophone. He began performing in his teens in the rock band California Earthquake and in a Los Angeles Valley College jazz quartet. He later toured with Don Ellis' jazz orchestra.

After Jim Messina of the bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco met and joined Kenny Loggins as Loggins & Messina in 1970, Messina recruited a five-piece band that included Clarke. The group performed and recorded together through the 1970s.

Clarke has a memorable baritone saxophone solo on "Your Momma Don't Dance," from the 1972 album "Loggins & Messina."

After the group dissolved, Clarke became a studio musician and played with the Academy Awards orchestra for 17 years. He performed on hundreds of television and motion picture soundtracks, including the HBO series "Six Feet Under" and the films "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "The Road to Perdition."

Clarke is survived by his wife, Miriam Sosewitz Clarke; two sons, Ian and Colin; three sisters, Vickie Paulsen, Lydia Hoenninger and Sally Stevens; and two brothers, Michael and Charles.