This artist grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and graduated from Neptune High School. He has long been considered the Grandfather of “the New Jersey Sound.” Jon Bon Jovi has acknowledged him as his “reason for singing.” Many of the bands early numbers were many songs written by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt. One of the songs on this artist's 1986 LP was co-written by singer Patti Scialfa.
Southside Johnny Lyon grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and graduated from Neptune High School. Southside has long been considered the Grandfather of “the New Jersey Sound.” Jon Bon Jovi has acknowledged Southside as his “reason for singing.”
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.”
Songwriting credits on the 1986 At Least We Got Shoes also contain a song co-written by Bandiera and singer Patti Scialfa, who was known as a Jukes collaborator since the 1980 album Love is a Sacrifice and who became a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1984.