Springsteen's "Big Man" Get His Own Day

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    Clarence Clemons, the irreplaceable "Big Man" of the E Street Band died on June 18, 2011 at the age of 69.

    A bigger than life rock-and-roll legend now has his own day.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a resolution declaring Jan. 11 Clarence Clemons Day. That's the day Clemons was born.

    Clemons was an original member of Bruce Springsteen's Jersey-based E Street Band, known for his saxophone solos and huge stage presence. He was immortalized in the song “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” with the lyric “the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band.”

    Clemons died in 2011 from complications of a stroke at age 69.

    Christie, a huge fan of “The Boss,” has been to 130-plus Springsteen concerts and even has even joined NBC’s Late Night host Jimmy Fallon for a singing rendition of the E Street Band classic “Thunder Road.”

    Christie also ordered flags in the stae to be flown at half-staff in the days following Clemons' death.

    Monmouth County Sen. Jennifer Beck proposed the resolution.

     


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