John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

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John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Origin Rhode Island, United States
Genres Rock, heartland rock, blue collar rock
Years active 1972–present
Labels Scotti Bros. Epic Records, CBS Associated Records
Associated acts Beaver Brown
Ernie and the Automatics
Members John Cafferty
Gary "Guitar" Gramolini
Michael "Tunes" Antunes
Jackie Santos
Steve Burke
Dean Cassell
Past members Bobby Cotoia, Pat Lupo, Kenny Jo Silva, Paul Jackson, Fred Macari, Thom Enright

John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is an American rock band from Rhode Island which began its career in the 1970s and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s. Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, who they got their name from longtime friend William Bosworth. classic lineup of the group (consisting of 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) started out as a New England bar band based in Narragansett, Rhode Island and established a following up and down the Northeast corridor with strongholds in the beach resort towns of Narragansett and Misquamicut, Rhode Island; New York City; New Haven, Connecticut; Boston, Massachusetts; and Asbury Park, New Jersey.

History[edit]

They first achieved success with a 1980 self-released single pairing two of their songs, "Wild Summer Nights" and "Tender Years" which sold over 10,000 copies and enjoyed radio play up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Despite their success, the act was ignored by the major labels due to persistent critical comparisons to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. They finally achieved international success when producer Kenny Vance, a longtime fan, offered them the score to a movie soundtrack he was helming based on a best-selling novel about a legendary bar band, "Eddie & The Cruisers." Thanks to frequent airings of the film on HBO and the purchase of the soundtrack album by their established fanbase as well as hundreds of thousands of new converts, "Eddie & The Cruisers - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced a number 7 hit single ("On the Dark Side") on the Billboard Hot 100. "On the Dark Side" also held number-one on the Album Rock Tracks chart for five weeks. The album was eventually certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

The group's 1985 follow-up album Tough All Over made the top 50, enjoying great sales for "C.I.T.Y." and the title track, which became their second number-one single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Another song from that album, "Voice of America's Sons," was the featured theme song on the official motion picture soundtrack of the movie Cobra, starring Sylvester Stallone and Cafferty's solo track "Hearts on Fire" was featured in another Stallone film, Rocky IV.

The band's next album, the self-produced "Roadhouse," sold well to their fan base but did not reach the sales heights of "Tough All Over." In 1989, they followed it with the score to an "Eddie" sequel, "Eddie & The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!" which became their last major label release of new material.

Several personnel changes occurred over the next few years with Kenny Jo Silva departing in 1992 and Pat Lupo in 1994 to be replaced, respectively, by Jackie Santos, formerly of Tavares, and Dean Cassell. Bobby Cotoia had been forced to retire from the road during the 1990s due to an illness but remained an active member of the group in the studio. His on-stage replacement was Steve Burke who remains in the lineup. Cotoia died on September 3, 2004.

John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band remains a top concert attraction[citation needed] and continue to tour. Their music has appeared on the soundtracks of several major motion pictures including the There's Something About Mary.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US
[1]
CAN
[2]
Eddie and the Cruisers Soundtrack 9
Tough All Over 40 37
Roadhouse
  • Release date: May 18, 1988
  • Label: Scotti Bros.
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! Soundtrack
  • Release date: August 18, 1989
  • Label: Scotti Bros.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Eddie and the Cruisers: The Unreleased Tapes
  • Release date: October 22, 1991
  • Label: Volcano Records
Eddie and the Cruisers: Live and in Concert
  • Release date: May 22, 1992
  • Label: Scotti Bros.
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band: Extended Versions
  • Release date: October 5, 2004
  • Label: BMG

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[3]
US
Main
CAN
[4]
1984 "On the Dark Side" 7 1 19 Eddie and the Cruisers (soundtrack)
"Tender Years" 31 10 75
1985 "Tough All Over" 22 1 37 Tough All Over
"C-I-T-Y" 18 9 30
"Small Town Girl" 64
1986 "Voice of America's Sons" 62
"Hearts on Fire" 76 68 Rocky IV (soundtrack)
1988 "Song and Dance" Roadhouse
1988 "Pride and Passion" 66 Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (soundtrack)

Classic Lineup Band Members[edit]

  • John Cafferty (Vocals and guitar)
  • Gary Gramolini (Guitar)
  • Patrick Lupo (Bass)
  • Kenny Jo Silva (Drums)
  • Bobby Cotoia (Piano/Keyboards) Died: September 3, 2004
  • Michael "Tunes" Antunes (Saxophone)

Other Band Members[edit]

  • Paul "Cozy" Jackson (Saxophone), keyboards
  • Fred Macari (Saxophone)
  • Thom Enright (bass guitar, guitar)
  • Steve Burke (keyboards)
  • Dean Cassell (bass guitar)

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

Official website:

Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame (RIMHOF):

RIMHOF Historical Archive Full Biography/Complete Discography: