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Southside Johnny (real name John Lyon, born December 4, 1948 in Neptune, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter who usually fronts his band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Lyon grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and graduated from Neptune High School. Southside Johnny first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s as the second act to emerge from the Jersey Shore music scene and be considered part of the Jersey Shore sound, following Bruce Springsteen. Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want to Go Home (1976), This Time It’s For Real (1977), and Hearts of Stone (1978), were Stax-influenced R&B arranged and produced by the co-founder of the band and Springsteen confederate Steven Van Zandt and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen. The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics. Other notable songs included “The Fever”,”Talk to Me,” “This Time It’s For Real,” “Love on the Wrong Side of Town,” and the definitive version of Springsteen’s ” Hearts of Stone.”

Southside has long been considered the Grandfather of “the New Jersey Sound.” Jon bon Jovi has acknowledged Southside as “his reason for singing.” In 1982 the Rolling Stone Magazine voted the album Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 70’s and 80’s. In 1987, Southside and the Jukes were featured in the film Adventures in Babysitting performing at a college frat party.


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  • cutejuke

    This man can sing!!!

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • PodcastSteve

    Looking for aircheck of 5/30/1977 Jukes live concert @ Stone Pony. Broadcast on Metromedia stations WNEW-FM, WMMR-FM, WMMS-FM, and on WJLK in Asbury Park. I worked the board at WJLK that night. Daughter still wears the t-shirt. Anyone have a recording?

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
  • frode1974

    Yep, the Tom Waits-album was surprisingly good.

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • operdoc

    Check out his new release of Tom Waits songs. Tres excellente

    4 Sep 2008 Reply
  • lm525

    we can't be just friends

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
  • a_xeman

    I would recommend the live-album reach up and touch the sky for a start and go and watch the band live listen to key to the highway on their homepage, for free, just to get a taste of ir live does the band vary every very single concert! it is part of the concept try and find it out for yourself this fall they are playing concerts in Europe

    4 Aug 2007 Reply
  • a_xeman

    Kazee and Bandiera were invited to play last year's world tour by Jon Bon Jovi Bobby Bandiera played recentily in the Giant Stadium with the same band at the LIVE EARTH event one of the saxophoneplayers and a former trombone- and trumpetplayer of the band were the hornsection with Springesteen's SEGER SESSIONS, live and on tour great musicians! great band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 Aug 2007 Reply
  • a_xeman

    eine der besten Rock'n'Roll-Bands des Planeten und nichts hier?! What a shame!!!! Check it out. Is claimed to be the best white soul,blues-whatsoeversonger of the East Coast, with his guitar-player Bobby Bandiera being the best of the East coast, some folks say............. close friend of Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen with a superb keyboardplayer named Jeff Kazee

    4 Aug 2007 Reply

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