Southside Johnny's no homeboy, but back in the '70s, when Cleveland began strutting its rock and roll stuff, we made him a favorite son. Of course, the Jersey boy's ties to the Boss and the Cleveland International label certainly helped. But it's Johnny's blue-collar soul that ultimately endeared the Jukes to this hardworkin' town. Beginning with 1975's I Don't Want to Go Home
, Johnny served as the ideal everyman for those locals setting their watches to Murray Saul's "Gotta Get Down!" radio rants every Friday.
Few North Coast bar bands have enjoyed the success and longevity of Wild Horses. In 1974, the five-piece began a run of the area's dance-club circuit that lasted a decade and a half, garnering one of the most loyal fan bases in these parts. The Horses also represented nationally with "Funky Poodle," its reggae-tinged single from 1980.