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New Jersey Declares January 11 to Be "Clarence Clemons Day"


The New Jersey state Senate has approved legislation decreeing that January 11 will be recognized annually as "Clarence Clemons Day" in honor of the late saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.  The beloved musician, who was born on January 11, 1942, died in June 2011 after suffering a stroke.

The resolution, which was passed last week, was sponsored by state Senator Jennifer Beck.  Beck is a resident of Red Bank, New Jersey, where Clemons once owned a club called Big Man's West.

"The New Jersey Shore would not be the same without the music of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and the E Street Band would not have been the same without the sound of a saxophone played by Clarence Clemons," said Beck.  "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."

A founding member of the E Street Band, Clarence played with the group until his death.  Over the years, he also collaborated with such other stars as Aretha Franklin, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Todd Rundgren and Lady Gaga.

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