Musician. He began playing saxophone as a boy and attended Maryland State College on music and football scholarships. An auto accident shortly before a tryout with the Cleveland Browns ended his hopes for a football career, and he concentrated on music while also working as a counselor at a New Jersey facility for emotionally disturbed boys. After years of playing in bar bands and as a session musician, in 1971 Clemons met Bruce Springsteen, an event immortalized in the Springsteen song "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". Clemons gained fame as a key component of Springsteen's E Street Band, with his saxophone solos making up vital parts of songs including "Thunder Road", "Darkness on the Edge of Town", "Jungleland", "Born in the USA", and many others. In addition, Clemons enjoyed a noteworthy solo career, releasing several well received albums and playing on songs by numerous other artists. Clemons also acted, including parts in the film "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and the television shows "Diff'rent Strokes", "My Wife and Kids", and "The Wire". Clemons died of complications from a stroke he suffered in early June.
Bio by: Bill McKern