On this day: January 11

POSTED: 11:39 AM PST Jan 10, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 10, 2013 

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OTD January 11 - Clarence Clemons
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1942: Musician Clarence Clemons, best known for being a part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band for nearly 40 years, is born in Norfolk County, Va. Clemons, who was nicknamed "The Big Man" because of his imposing presence at 6 feet 4 inches and well over 200 pounds, also released several solo albums and appeared as a guest musician with other performers and bands. He also appeared as an actor in several films, including "New York, New York" and "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and made cameo appearances in several TV series, including "Diff'rent Strokes," "Nash Bridges," "The Simpsons" and "The Wire." He died at age 69 on June 18, 2011, of complications from a stroke he had suffered six days earlier.

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