John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
|Origin||Narragansett, Rhode Island, US|
|Genres||Rock, heartland rock|
|Labels||Scotti Bros., Epic, CBS Associated Records|
|Associated acts||Beaver Brown, Ernie and the Automatics|
Gary "Guitar" Gramolini
Michael "Tunes" Antunes
|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, they got their name from longtime friend William Bosworth. The 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.
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 had 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 and 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 and 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 follow-up album Tough All Over (1985) 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 soundtrack of the action movie Cobra (1986), starring Sylvester Stallone, and Cafferty's solo track "Heart's on Fire" was featured in another Stallone movie, Rocky IV (1985).
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 and 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. On many of the band's shows over the past decade, drummer Don "DC" Culp has filled the role when Santos is not available.
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band continue to tour. Their music has appeared on the soundtracks of several major motion pictures including There's Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber To (2014).
|Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack||
|Tough All Over||
|Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! soundtrack||
|Eddie and the Cruisers: The Unreleased Tapes||
|Eddie and the Cruisers: Live and in Concert||
|John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band: Extended Versions||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1980||"Wild Summer Nights / Tender Years" (Credited as Beaver Brown)||—||—||—||Non-Album Single|
|1983||"On the Dark Side" (Credited as Eddie and The Cruisers)||64||—||—||Eddie and the Cruisers (soundtrack)|
|"On the Dark Side" (re-issue)[a]||7||1||19|
|"Tender Years" (re-issue) [b]||31||10||75|
|1985||"Tough All Over"||22||1||37||Tough All Over|
|"Small Town Girl"||64||—||—|
|1986||"Voice of America's Sons"||62||—||—|
|"Heart's on Fire"||76||—||68||Rocky IV (soundtrack)|
|1988||"Song and Dance"||—||47||—||Roadhouse|
|1989||"Pride and Passion"||66||—||—||Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (soundtrack)|
- "On the Dark Side" was originally released in 1983 on Scotti Bros. ZS404107(Epic) and was credited as Eddie and The Cruisers; the 1984 re-issue was on Scotti Bros. 4-04594/EPIC and credited as John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band.
- "Tender Years" was originally released in January 1984 on Scotti Bros. 404327. It spent five weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at number 78 on the chart dated February 18, 1984. In November of that same year, it was re-issued on Scotti Bros. 4-04682/Epic. It spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100, eventually peaking at number 31 on the chart dated January 12, 1985.
Classic lineup band members
- John Cafferty - lead vocals & guitar
- Gary Gramolini - lead guitar
- Patrick Lupo - bass
- Kenny Jo Silva - drums
- Bobby Cotoia - piano, synthesizer & keyboards (Died: September 3, 2004)
- Michael "Tunes" Antunes - saxophone
Members of other lineups
- Paul "Cozy" Jackson - saxophone & keyboards
- Fred Macari - saxophone
- Thom Enright - bass & guitar
- Steve Burke - keyboards
- Dean Cassell - bass
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- Himes, Jeffrey (October 24, 1984). "Beaver Brown: Maturity and Power". The Washington Post.
- Official website
- Historical Archive Full Biography/Complete Discography—Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF)
- John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band Booking Information - GigMasters