Christie Agrees to Clarence Clemons Day
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a resolution declaring Jan. 11 Clarence Clemons Day. That’s the day Clemons was born.
Clarence Clemons was an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s 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.”
“The New Jersey Shore would not be the same without the music of Bruce Spingsteen’s E- Street Band,” state Senator Jennifer Beck (R) told the Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch last December when the state Senate passed her resolution.“And the E-Street Band would not have been the same without the sound of a saxophone played by Clarence Clemons.”
The resolution lists many of Clarence Clemons career accomplishments including his work with other musicians including Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr and Lady Gaga and his charitable work.
“WHEREAS, During the E Street Band’s legendary live concerts Clarence Clemons’ saxophone solos were highly anticipated and he was always introduced last in the band introductions, to the delight of the concertgoers who greeted his every move with roars of approval,” the resolution reads in part.
The day is meant to be observed with an official proclamation by the governor and “appropriate activities and programs.”
Clarence Clemons died in 2011 from complications of a stroke at age 69. Christie, who has attended over 130 Springsteen concerts, caused a bit of controversy when he ordered flags flown at half staff in his honor upon his death. The honor is one normally reserved for military personnel and elected leaders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.