About John Cafferty
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band is the name of an American rock band of the 1970s and 1980s, from Narragansett, Rhode Island. Originally known as simply Beaver Brown, the group (consisting of John Cafferty (born ca. 1950) on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gary Gramolini on guitar, Patrick Lupo on bass, Kenny Jo Silva on drums, Bobby Cotoia on piano, and Michael “Tunes” Antunes on saxophone) initially established a popular following throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
They achieved their greatest fame when they performed the music of a fictional band in the hit 1983 movie Eddie and the Cruisers. The soundtrack album from the film reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced a #7 hit single (“On the Dark Side”) on the Billboard Hot 100. “On the Dark Side” also reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for five weeks. The group’s 1985 follow-up album Tough All Over made the top 50, getting some attention for “C.I.T.Y” and the title track, which became their second #1 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. Prior to Cobra, Cafferty’s “Hearts on Fire” was featured in another Stallone film, Rocky IV [], and has been used in several parodies. They have been referenced in the Sean Connery/French Stewart/Burt Reynolds edition of Celebrity Jeopardy! on Saturday Night Live.
They still tour sporadically. The band, minus Cafferty, will appear on the upcoming reality series, Loder’s Run: The Quickening.
To celebrate Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick’s birthday, watch him lead the band on The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” from MSG in 1993.
In honor of Faces’ recent reunion, this week’s Full Show Friday features 44 glorious minutes of pro-shot video from the band’s 1973 show at Edmonton Sundown in London.
Peter Anspach of Goose added keys to Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s debut cover of “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai on Thursday in Bend.
Phish began their four-night Phish Riviera Maya 2020 destination event in Mexico on Thursday with a “welcome set” featuring a number of rarities and jam vehicles.
Celebrate the late Walter Becker’s birthday by watching Steely Dan’s 1995 appearance on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman.’