Clarence Clemons, aka The Big Man, sax player for
Clemons, 69, was born in
Clemons has battled numerous ailments over the last few years. He had double knee surgery and performed from a wheelchair at one point. Recently, things had been looking up for him, however. Last month, he performed with
"The Minister of
In 2007, Clemons was inducted into Norfolk's Legends of Music Walk of Fame.
Most recently, Clemons was featured on Lady Gaga's massive Born This Way album, appearing on two tracks and performing with her live on "American Idol" last month.
Clemons, also known as "The Big Man," began performing with the E Street Band in 1972, giving an assist on Springsteen's debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.. In addition to appearing on 20 albums with Springsteen, including the breakthrough Born to Run, he's worked with a number of other artists including Gaga,
Recently, however, he has had problems with his health, and following the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's tour in 2009, he had to have both knees replaced and a spinal fusion surgery, according to Rolling Stone. But he vowed, "As long as my mouth,
Clemons has worked with such luminaries as Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne,