Best know for multi-platinum hits including "On the Dark Side," "Tender Years," "Tough All Over," and "C.I.T.Y.", John Cafferty could simply be called " The Man Who Made Eddie Cruise," but he and his Beaver Brown Band are so much more.
From their Rhode Island working class roots, Cafferty and Beaver Brown saxophonist Michael Antunes (who actually appeared as the saxophonist in the Eddie and the Cruisers movie) know much about winning and losing. By 1982, despite their status as one of the strongest club bands in the Northeast, they still had not won a recording contract. So, they took the risk of writing and performing the music for a yet to be released movie. Of course, the film Eddie and the Cruisers became a blockbuster hit and Cafferty's rendition of "Tender Years" (which had been a poignant gem in the band's repertoire for years) and "On the Dark Side" flew to the top of the Billboard Charts.
As both of those tracks became hits, the soundtrack of Eddie and the Cruisers was released by Scotti Bros/CBS in May 1983 and, bolstered by cable play of the film, sold more than three million copies earning triple platinum status.
The risk paid off and Cafferty and Beaver Brown got their own record deal. The resulting album, Tough All Over, was released by Scotti Bros./CBS in May 1985. With its varied styles and realistic themes, it was the first chance for Cafferty and the band to display the scope and depth of their music. The album yielded two more Top 20 hits, the title track, "Tough All Over" and "C.I.T.Y." and and the powerful rocker "Voices of America," Cafferty declaration of rock music"s role for his generation, which also appeared on the Rocky IV soundtrack.
"I wanted to have a sense of continuity," says Cafferty. "We're still trying to write songs that ring true to life - that's what's important." And if you've ever experienced the power of a Beaver Brown live show, you know that John Cafferty brings that struggle to the stage and triumphs nightly.