'Big Man' Clemons may get his day in NJ

In this Dec. 12, 2010 photo, saxophonist Clarence Clemons performs the National Anthem before an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. A spokeswoman for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band says saxophone player Clarence Clemons has died in Florida at age 69 on Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

December 6, 2012 4:50:42 AM PST
It's not the day 'the Big Man' joined the band, but Clarence Clemons may get his own special day in New Jersey.

Monmouth County Sen. Jennifer Beck has proposed designating Jan. 11 as Clarence Clemons Day, to honor Bruce Springsteen's legendary saxophone player.

Clemons, who was born Jan. 11, died last year at age 69.

The resolution honoring Clemons will be taken up by a Senate committee on Thursday.

Clemons was an original member of Springsteen's Jersey-based E Street Band. 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."

Gov. Chris Christie, who has been to 130-plus Springsteen concerts, would sign annual proclamations on behalf of Clemons if the tribute is approved.