By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Clarence Clemons was well-liked and respected all over the world, but it’s his home state of New Jersey that’s looking to solidify his place in history.
After a few weeks of sorting through the details, it looks like the Big Man's birthday, January 11th will now be named Clarence Clemons Day in the Garden State.
Patch.com reports that Senator Jennifer Beck sponsored the resolution, which was passed by the Senate last week.
Beck stated that the music of Bruce Springsteen and the culture of the Jersey Shore would not be the same without the late E Street Band sax player.
She went on to say, “For me as a resident of Red Bank, where he once owned a rock club, the loss rings ever more true. New Jersey lost an icon last year, an inextricable part of our shoreline’s cultural history that started by a happenstance meeting between Bruce Springsteen and the 'Big Man' in Asbury Park in 1972.”
Clarence Clemons passed away in June of 2011 after suffering a stroke. He was 69 years old and still an active member of Springsteen’s E Street Band, which he had been a part of since its formation.
So, on Friday, January 11th, take a moment to remember one of the most iconic saxophonists in music history. Clarence, you are greatly missed.
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