Meet a “Jersey” band that isn’t from New Jersey
Meet the band Not-from-Jersey with the “Jersey Sound”.
“John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band” is a rock band from Rhode Island. The guys were originally known as “Beaver Brown”.
When “Beaver Brown” reunited in 1972, the band’s classic lineup included John Cafferty on vocals and guitar, Gary Gramolini on lead guitar, Pat Lupo on bass, Kenny Jo Silva on drums, Bobby Cotoia on keyboards and Michael “Tunes” Antunes on saxophone.
They started as a New England-based bar band in Narragansett and established a large following along the northeast coast.
Some of their biggest fan bases were in Narragansett, Rhode Island, New York, New Haven Connecticut, Boston, Massachusetts and even Asbury Park.
‘John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band’ first achieved some success in 1980, with a self-released single consisting of two songs: ‘Wild Summer Nights’ and Tender Years.
The “single” sold over 10,000 copies and was played on radio along the Atlantic coast.
Despite their success, the group was ignored by major labels due to comparisons with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Yes…a band from Rhode Island was tagged with the “Jersey Sound”.
And in this case, it was… a evil thing?
The band’s big breakthrough came when producer Kenny Vance, a longtime fan, offered them the chance to write songs and star in a movie based on a bestselling novel about a legendary bar band: “Eddie & The Cruisers”.
Thanks to the film’s frequent showings on pay-per-view cable movie channels and the purchase of the soundtrack album by their established fans, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of new converts, “Eddie & The Cruisers – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
The single “On the Dark Side” was released in the fall of 1983 (as “Eddie & The Cruisers”), and it stalled at #64 on the Hot 100.
When it was re-released in the summer of 1984 and credited to John Cafferty, it rose to #7 on the charts.
“On the Dark Side” also held No. 1 on the Album Rock chart for five weeks. The album was finally certified triple Platinum.
“Tender Years” (from the “Eddie & The Cruisers” soundtrack) was also released TWICE.
In early 1984 the song stalled at #78…by the end of the year it was re-released. (#31/1985).
1984…what a “tender year”. Musically bounded by a book by “Tender Years”.
The band’s 1985 follow-up album “Tough All Over” made the top 50 on the album charts.
“CITY” became their second number one single on the Rock chart.
Mainstream, “CITY” rose to #18 on the Hot 100.
“Tough All Over” rose to #22 in 1985.
Another song from this album…
“Voice of America’s Sons” was the theme song for the movie “Cobra” starring Sylvester Stallone.
Cafferty’s solo song “Hearts On Fire” was featured in “Rocky IV”.
The group’s next album (1988), the self-produced “Roadhouse”, sold well to their fans…
…but did not achieve the overall commercial success of “Tough All Over”.
In 1989, they followed it up with the score for an “Eddie” sequel, “Eddie & The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!”, which became their last major release of new material.
Several personnel changes took place over the following years.
“John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band” continues its tour. And, they’ve placed songs in the soundtracks of several major movies over the years, including “There’s Something About Mary.”
As you can see (and hear), John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band is NOT a “one-hit-wonder”.
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The video above is from an Atlantic City concert in 2010.
Below: “Tender Years” performed at a famous venue in Jersey in 2014.
Long live the “Jersey Sound”, as carried out in New Jersey.
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