WHO | [Left to right] Pat Lupo, Gary Gramolini, Cafferty, Kenny Jo Silva, Michael "Tunes" Antunes, and Robert Cotoia [d. 2004]

BIO | Beaver Brown started in 1972 and quickly became a top draw throughout New England. After a decade of filling clubs and expanding their fan base to the Jersey Shore, their big break arrived in 1983 when Cafferty was asked to write songs for the film Eddie and the Cruisers; he also wrote the score. The film's theatrical release flopped, but Eddie found an audience on HBO in '84 and the soundtrack took off, selling more than three million copies and yielding the hits "On the Dark Side" and "Tender Years." The band's second album, Tough All Over, was released in 1985 and they toured the US and overseas; "Voice of America's Sons" from that disc was featured in Sylvester Stallone's film Cobra. The Beavers still make a dozen or so appearances every year, which are particularly great on those wild summer nights. As Bill Flanagan said of Cafferty, "In a world where a lot of people were in it for weekends, it was clear [he was a lifer]."

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