Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. He was reported to be 6'5" (195,5 cm) tall. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone.He released several solo albums and in 1985, had a hit single with "You're a Friend of Mine", a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician he also featured on Aretha Franklin's classic "Freeway of Love" and on Twisted Sister's "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" as well as performing in concert with the Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff'rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his semi-fictional autobiography told in third person, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009. Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011, and died of complications from it on June 18. Three years following his death, Clemons, along with the rest of the E Street Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wikipedia
He and the E Street Band are inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their contributions to Arts and Entertainment. They are the first group to be nominated for the honor. They include Steve Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, David Sancious, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Ernest "Boom" Carter, and the late Danny Federici.
He and the E Street Band (including Steve Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, David Sancious, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Ernest "Boom" Carter, and the late Danny Federici) were inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services and contributions to music.
He was married five times and divorced four times. His fifth wife, Victoria Clemons survived him. He is survived by four sons, Clarence Clemons Jr; Charles Clemons; Christopher Clemons; and Jarod Clemons.
He was a youth counselor in Newark, New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s when he began playing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on the Jersey Shore. He first played with him in Asbury Park in 1971 during a lightning storm.
He studied at Maryland State College (now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore) on a football and music scholarship. A knee injury interrupted his football career.
Has suffered a stroke [June 12, 2011].
Joined The E Street Band in October of 1972.
Introduced as the "Minister of Soul", "Secretary of the Brotherhood" on the "Live in New York" album with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
He was a noted saxophone player for The E Street Band, featuring 'Bruce Springsteen'.
Grew up and around Chesapeake, Virginia.
I am not out to get laid every night, not looking for the bomb cocaine or weed. I just want to clear my head and see what living on the planet is really like as a normal, well almost normal, human being.
I grew up with a very religious background. I got into soul music, but I wanted to rock. I was a rocker. I was born rock 'n' roll sax player.
You had your black bands and you had your white bands and if you mixed the two you found less places to play.
[on first playing with Bruce Springsteen in 1971] I swear I will never forget that moment. I felt like I was supposed to be there. It was a magical moment. He looked at me, and I looked at him, and we fell in love. And that's still there.