Legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, 69, of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has suffered a stroke. Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman reported last night that Clemons “is said to be seriously ill after a stroke at his home in Florida.”
Friedman notes that Clemons has had health problems in the past, including having both knees replaced, but “this situation, as described to me this evening, sounds pretty dire. I am told that members of the E Street Band were advised to get down to Florida as soon as possible.”
AP and Rolling Stone say they have confirmed the report, citing an anonymous source. Clemons last performed with Springsteen and the E Street Band in December of 2010 at Asbury Park’s Carousel House for a special web broadcast taping. He can be heard on two songs on Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way, and played on stage with her last month during the American Idol season finale.
Clarence Clemons known by fans as The Big Man, is an American musician and actor. Since 1972 he has been a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing the saxophone. He has also 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 has also featured on Aretha Franklin’s “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 has featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, such as Diff’rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his autobiography, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009. Clarence suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011, but is reportedly showing signs of recovery. Clemons reportedly underwent two brain surgeries after the stroke and was in serious, but stable condition
Clemons has appeared in movies and on television making his debut in Martin Scorsese’s 1977 musical, New York, New York in which he played a trumpet player. He can be seen as one of the Three Most Important People In The World in the 1989 film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In 1985, Clemons was a special guest star in Diff’rent Strokes episode “So You Want to Be a Rock Star”, in which he played the role of Mr. Kingsley, a young saxophonist helping Arnold Jackson to learn to play his sax. He has also been a guest voice in an episode of The Simpsons. In 1990, he co-starred in the pilot episode of Human Target, a Rick Springfield action series intended for ABC. He also played the role of Jack in Swing starring opposite Lisa Stansfield and Hugo Speer, directed by Nick Mead. He appeared alongside Michael McKean and David Bowe as a miner in one episode of musician “Weird Al” Yankovic’s children’s television show The Weird Al Show. He appeared in an episode of Damon Wayans’ television show, My Wife And Kids as a musician and performed an original composition, co written with bassist, Lynn Woolever, called “One Shadow In The Sun”. Clemons twice appeared as a Baltimore youth-program organizer in HBO’s crime drama The Wire. He appeared in an episode of the Brothers and in the “Eddie’s Book” episode of ‘Til Death as himself.
On October 22, 2009, Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in public schools, presented Clarence with the inaugural “Big Man of the Year Award” at the Right to Rock charity benefit. He helped raise money to put musical instruments and curriculum into underfunded public schools across the country. He also performed “Jailhouse Rock” with a student band from the Bronx, in addition to a number with legendary producer, John Colby.
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