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Veteran Musician Jon Clarke Dies At 54

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Jon Clarke, an original member of the Loggins & Messina band and a veteran studio musician, has died at the age of 54 at his home on the island of Kaua'i, Hawaii, after a struggle with kidney cancer.

Classically trained, Clarke played several instruments, specializing in oboe and saxophone. After stints in many local bands and jazz groups, he joined the group Loggins & Messina.

He is remembered for his baritone saxophone solo on "Your Momma Don't Dance," from the 1972 album "Loggins & Messina."

After the group broke up, 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." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers