Southside Johnny

Southside Johnny

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Southside Johnny (born John Lyon, December 4, 1948, Neptune Township, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter, who usually fronts his band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.

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Early days

Lyon grew up in Ocean Grove, New JerseyMinor, E. Kyle. , The New York Times, June 18, 2000. Accessed January 8, 2008. "That association was made in Mr. Lyon's youth, growing up Ocean Grove, N.J., half a mile from Asbury Park." and graduated from Neptune High School.Kaz, Ed. , Asbury Park Press, December 29, 2000, copy of article on AsburyJukes.net. Accessed August 26, 2008. "JERSEY ALIVE: And where did you guys go to high school? SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY: Neptune High School. The Scarlet Flyers, man." Southside has long been considered the Grandfather of "the New Jersey Sound." Jon Bon Jovi has acknowledged Southside as his "reason for singing."

1975-1980

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...
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