Clarence Clemons, The Big Man of the E Street Band, was born on this day in 1942 in what is now Chesapeake, Maryland. Were it not for being in a car accident the day before a scheduled tryout, Clemons might have ended up a lineman in the NFL.
In September, 1971 legend has it, Clemons, was playing sax in a band named the Joyful Noyze at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, During a between sets break, Clarence walked to a nearby club where Bruce Springsteen was booked, introduced himself and proposed doing a song with Bruce and his band. They started with an early version of Spirit In The Night on stage at The Student Prince. By the time the song was done, each of them was convinced Clemons belonged in Bruce's band.
Keyboard player Tony Kaye, who had stints in Yes and Badfinger, was born 1/11/1946. On this day in 1985, the first Rock In Rio festival opened. Over its 10 days, AC/DC, Queen, Yes, Rod Stewart, George Benson and James Taylor would headline nights. Ted Nugent got arrested for shooting a flaming arrow during his 1993 concert in Cincinnati. And the Rolling Stones concert scheduled for Montreal was cancelled when an ice storm tore open the roof of Olympic Stadium on this day in 1998.