John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

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John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
OriginNarragansett, Rhode Island, US
GenresRock, heartland rock
Years active1972–present
LabelsScotti Bros., Epic, CBS Associated Records
MembersJohn Cafferty
Gary "Guitar" Gramolini
Michael Antunes
Jackie Santos
Steve Burke
Dean Cassell
Don Culp
Past membersBobby 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 1972,[1] and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s. Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, they got their name from a paint can. 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.[1] 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,[1] and produced a number 7 hit single ("On the Dark Side") on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] "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 40,[1] 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),[1] starring Sylvester Stallone, and Cafferty's solo track "Heart's on Fire" was featured in another Stallone movie, Rocky IV (1985).[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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 illness, but remained an active member of the group in the studio. His on-stage replacement was Steve Burke who remains in the line-up. Cotoia died from liver disease on September 3, 2004, leaving behind a wife and two children.[2][3] On many of the band's shows over the past decade, drummer Don "DC" Culp has filled the role when Santos is not available.

In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked the fictional Eddie and the Cruisers at No. 18 in their list of 25 Greatest Movie Bands.[4]

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).

Original bassist Pat Lupo died on June 21, 2021, at the age of 66.[5]

In August 2021, the band were the headline performers at the Providence Performing Arts Center's first in-person event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the previous year, sharing the bill with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.[6]

In September 2022, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of its first Greatest Hits album. [7]

On May 26, 2023, the band issued their first new single since 1989, entitled "Day in the Sun" from their as-of-yet unnamed forthcoming album to be released later in 2023.[8] On August 14, 2023, "Send a Little Message to You", the second single from the upcoming album, was released.[9] On August 30, 2023, the band released "Blue Moonlight Drive", the third single from their forthcoming album.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack 9
Tough All Over 40 37
  • Release date: May 18, 1988
  • Label: Scotti Bros.
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! soundtrack
  • Release date: August 18, 1989
  • Label: Scotti Bros.
(Forthcoming Album)
  • Release date: 2023
  • Label: Moonstone Music

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
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: September 30, 2022
  • Label: Iconoclassic Records


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1980 "Wild Summer Nights / Tender Years" (Credited as Beaver Brown) non-album single
1983 "On the Dark Side"[15] (Credited as Eddie and The Cruisers) 64 Eddie and the Cruisers (soundtrack)
1984 "Tender Years"[16] 78
"On the Dark Side"[17] (re-issue)[a] 7 1 19
"Tender Years" (re-issue)[b] 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
"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)
2023 "Day in the Sun" (forthcoming album)
"Send a Little Message to You"
"Blue Moonlight Drive"
  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "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.


Current members
  • John Cafferty - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1972–present)
  • Gary Gramolini - backing vocals, lead guitar
  • Michael "Tunes" Antunes - backing vocals, saxophone (197?-present)[2]
  • Dean Cassell - bass (1994–present)
  • Steve Burke - keyboards (199?–present)
  • Jackie Santos - drums (1992–present)
Former members
  • Bobby Cotoia - piano, synthesizer, keyboards (1972[2]–2004; died September 3, 2004)
  • Paul "Cozy" Jackson - saxophone, keyboards
  • Fred Macari - saxophone
  • Thom Enright - bass, guitar
  • Patrick Lupo - bass (1972–1994; died June 21, 2021)[5]
  • Kenny Jo Silva - drums (1972–1992)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 389/390. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b c Gulla, Bob (2004). "Brothers in arms: Remembering Beaver Brown's Bobby Cotoia." The Providence Phoenix, 17-23 September 2004. Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  3. ^ John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  4. ^ Wood, Jennifer. "25 Greatest Movie Bands, From 'Sing Street' to Spinal Tap". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Patrick J. Lupo, Founding Member of John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Dies". GoLocalProv. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  6. ^ McDonald, Susan. "Rock-n-roll show brings PPAC back to life Friday night". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  7. ^ "On the Dark Side: Iconoclassic Celebrates John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on "Greatest Hits"". 25 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Day in the Sun by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band".
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  11. ^ "John Cafferty Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Albums". RPM. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "John Cafferty Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Singles". RPM. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel. "For Week Ending November 19, 1983." Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Eighties. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, 1991. Print.
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel. "Survey for Week Ending 2/18/84." Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Eighties. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, 1991. Print.
  17. ^ Whitburn, Joel. "For Week Ending November 3, 1984." Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Eighties. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, 1991. Print.


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