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Southside Johnny

American singer

Southside Johnny is ...


Born 4 December 1948 in Neptune Township
Age 74 years, 6 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name John Lyon
Occupation singer, musician, songwriter and singer-songwriter
Instrument voice, guitar, harmonica and piano
Genre rock music, blues and blue-eyed soul
Educated at Neptune High School

About Southside Johnny

Southside Johnny: The Jersey Shore's Soulful Troubadour

Born John Lyon on December 4, 1948, in Neptune, New Jersey, Southside Johnny grew up in the shadow of the Jersey Shore's vibrant music scene. He formed his first band, The Emeralds, in high school and quickly became a fixture at local clubs and bars.

In the early 1970s, Southside Johnny teamed up with guitarist and songwriter Steve Van Zandt to form the Asbury Jukes, a raucous, horn-driven outfit that blended rock, soul, and R&B. Their debut album, I Don't Want to Go Home, released in 1976, was a critical and commercial success, and established Southside Johnny as one of the most exciting and dynamic performers on the East Coast.

Over the next four decades, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes released a string of acclaimed albums, including Hearts of Stone (1978), The Jukes (1980), and Better Days (1991). They also became known for their electrifying live shows, which showcased Southside Johnny's powerhouse vocals and the band's tight, horn-driven sound.

Despite never achieving the mainstream success of some of his peers, Southside Johnny has remained a beloved figure in the world of rock and roll. He has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Little Steven, and has continued to tour and record with the Asbury Jukes.

As Southside Johnny himself once said, "I'm not a star, I'm a working musician." But to his legions of fans, he is much more than that. He is a soulful troubadour, a Jersey Shore icon, and a true rock and roll survivor.


- "Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes." AllMusic,

- "Southside Johnny: The Soul of the Jersey Shore." Rolling Stone,

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