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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are an American band from the Jersey Shore and led by Southside Johnny. They have been recording albums since 1976 and are closely associated with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. During the bands formative years Steve van Zandt (sometimes known as Miami Steve Van Zandt, sometimes as Little Steven) acted as the band’s co-leader, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer while other E Streeters including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent, Ernest Carter, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell have all performed, toured and/or recorded with the Jukes. The band’s horn section - The Miami Horns - has also toured and recorded with Springsteen. More than one hundred musicians can claim to have been members of The Asbury Jukes, including Jon Bon Jovi who toured with the band as a special guest during 1990.

Southside Johnny (real name John Lyon, born December 4, 1948 in Neptune, New Jersey) is an American singer, harmonica player, and songwriter, who usually fronts his band The Asbury Jukes.

Lyon grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and graduated from Neptune High School. As an artist, 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.


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  • thebosscowboy

    come to think of it there are quite a few southside songs written by the boss

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • thebosscowboy

    dont forget that Bruce wrote hearts of stone

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • thebosscowboy

    hi I am new to this guess I am talking to a lot of "colonial cousins"

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • rockmyplimsoul

    Great cover of Little Steven's "Men Without Women" album, gotta get it if you're a Disciples of Soul and Jukes fan!

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    Seventies blues-based rock like this group is what turned me onto the pre-rock blues in the first place, so I give Johnny and his guys credit for being part of that sound.

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • sumidiotdude

    lmfao just saw pretty much all of conan's tonight show band are in this group.

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • liam7777

    Yeah....finally.... LastFM is playing the new Pills & Ammo album.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • edanielsen

    Are you Springsteen in disguise? I'm listening to the "Hearts of Stone" album and I could swear it sounds like Springsteen did 35 years ago. I'm happy I discovered this artist (through recommendation), fantastic stuff!

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Equality7-2521

    @jimmyp41 Get my head out of my ass for considering Southside underrated? You fucking moron.

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • liam7777

    Their new album is out & it's a real rocker:

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • johnnycool2002

    What a voice.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • igg20

    this guy is great!! 2nd comment on him!!

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • igg20

    been listening to the album hearts of stone, and im lovin it!!

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • jimmyp41

    when he hit the stage at a show in Jersey a few years back when I saw him the crowd was in total bedlam.... I don't think I have ever seen so much cheering and love being thrown at someone! Yea and equality... U my friend are a MORON. read the quote below mine and get your head out of your BEHIND!

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • goldsausage

    "Can't believe the lack of plays, while jackasses like Bruce Springsteen are considered gods." - um, that jackass wrote a few of Southside's songs...

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • BruceNY

    Artists are defined by two central fundamentals; their songs and concerts. For years, concerts were used as promotional tools to sell records. As the sixties progressed, the Grateful Dead appeared and within a few years, Led Zeppelin took concerts to new heights with festival grooviness and flashing arena-rock presence. For bands like the Dead and Zeppelin, the records weren’t enough. The concert became an extension of the record and in many ways, a more vital experience. Tapes were shared, stories told and myths were born. In the entire rock era, no other artist has a greater and more extensive legend than Bruce Springsteen. From stories of intimate in-your-face clubs shows early in his career to the misquoted myth of the five-hour show, the adoration and fervent followings Springsteen has amassed over the decades is almost unparalleled and on full display in a new book chronicling the 1978 Darkness on the Edge of Town tour, The Light in Darkness.

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • twmia

    Excellent plain 70s Rock and Blues best heard life ;-)

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • blue1

    We're havin' a party.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • BonGoogy

    Sadly underrated

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • richiegt

    I've been diigin' the South since high school. Yes, the 70's. I still find the sound very unique. Rock & Roll with a horn section. "Hearts of Stone" and "The Jukes" are the classics, but don't neglect the more recent ones. "Messin' With The Blues" is down to the ground rockin' blues, especially "Looks Like Rain". His latest is a cover album of Tom Waits songs. Here's his web site:

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
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