They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one early 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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Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished.
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Did You Know?
Frank Ridgeway says he became a high school teacher in Vineland. However, the exterior shots are from the Vineland Developmental Center, East Campus. This is a New Jersey State School for the mentally challenged, still in operation today. See more
At the hotel concert featuring the imitation "Eddie" band, a male extra is seen both at the bar and standing in front of the stage holding a lighter. See more
[to the audience, a few days after Wendell Newton's death
The other day, I buried one of my best friends. He was the best sax player I ever heard. And they tell me I gotta come up here and entertain you people now. I don't think I'll be able to do that.
Referenced in Davey and the Cruisers
Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes
Lead vocal performed by Kenny Vance See more