Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
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Clarence Clemons (born January 11, 1942) nicknamed The Big Man, is an American musician, best known as the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen`s E Street Band. Clemons was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Norfolk County. He attended Maryland State College (now the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore) on a football athletic scholarship — he was a lineman with professional football aspirations until an injury derailed his sports career. He majored in sociology. He played the saxophone, and during summer breaks often signed on to play with combos or larger ensembles, working with such outfits as the Vibratones, the Newark Bears, and the Jersey Generals. He quit college just before graduating and moved north to Newark, New Jersey, where he became a counselor for emotionally disturbed children. While holding the day job he spent many nights jamming in various bands along the Jersey Shore.
Clemons was working with a group called Joyful Noise--performing principally R & B covers--when his path crossed Bruce Springsteen`s. Both artists were playing in Asbury Park, New Jersey, at bars about a city block apart. One rainy night, Clemons strolled down to observe Springsteen`s show. Clemons recounted the event in People magazine: "I had my saxophone with me, and when I walked in this club--no lie--a gust of wind just blew the door down the street. Boof! I say, `I want to play. Can I sit in?` Bruce says, `Hey, you can do anything you want. Take a couple of background singers, anything.` I sat in with him that night. It was phenomenal. We`d never even laid eyes on each other, but after that first song, he looked at me, I looked at him, and we said, `This is it.` After that I was stoked."
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Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone.
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