Southside Johnny

Somewhere around the early 80’s Mary spend a summer in New York City. When she came back she handed me a CD titled “Havin’ a Party with Southside Johnny” by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. “Trust me”, she said, “you’re going to love it”. I was skeptical but, well, Mary, so I gave it a listen.

I was in a jazz phase back then. I was listening to a lot of Tom Scott, David Sanborn, Keith Jarrett, Grover Washington Jr., Lee Oskar, and so on. I also listened to rock at the time — Boston, Kansas, The Eagles, etc. The point being, Southside Johnny was a bit of a departure from what I normally listen to.

To keep a short story short, Mary was right. I instantly fell in love with that album to the point where it was just about the only thing I played for months on end.  As I write this, a good 30-plus years later, I’m again listening to it for the umpteenth time. In the interim I’ve bought a few more albums by Southside Johnny, Slow Dance being perhaps my favorite, so she was right about how much I would like the music.

Thanks, Mary, for broadening my horizons way back when.

Southside Johnny

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