They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but early one morning in 1964, Eddie Wilson's car took a dive off a New Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years after the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers disappeared, the band's songs are hotter than ever. And renewed interest in the band leads television reporter Maggie Foley to pursue a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? The circumstances surrounding his death are just shadowy enough to make it a distinct possibility, and someone (could it be Eddie?) has been ransacking the homes of the surviving band members in a desperate search for tapes of the group's visionary, never-released album. As Maggie interviews the former band members, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit... but only until still deeper mysteries begin to surface. Written by
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In 1964, Eddie Wilson had it all. He had genius. He had vision. He had the hottest rock n' roll band in the country. Then, suddenly one night, his car went off a dark New Jersey bridge. His body was never found. But his dream was never lost. And twenty years later, the mystery of Eddie Wilson begins to unravel.
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Did You Know?
lobbied for the role of Eddie Wilson, but director Martin Davidson
who had purchased the rights to the novel didn't think he could be convincing as anyone other than himself. While he "might have been great" in the role, Davidson said, "he wouldn't have spanned the history" of the missing musician. See more
In the concert scene in Tony Mart's, Eddie takes off his guitar after the Cruisers perform "Wild Summer Nights", and the band then goes into "Tender Years". Despite no one onstage playing guitar, the guitar line is still clearly audible throughout the song. See more
Are you crazy? We had the money in our hands and you blew it. You blew it!
[Eddie pushes him far back
Eddie, you're wrong! You're wrong! Now listen to me, I love you. I've known you longer than anyone else. But you're wrong. They want "On the Dark Side"! Why are we giving them some damn opera? I don't even know what your after!
I want something great. I want something that nobody's ever done before!
Why? We ain't great. We're just some guys from Jersey.
If you can't be great, than ...
Performed by John Cafferty
(lead vocal and guitar), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes
(saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (piano), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums) See more