The marquis also promoted the first version of the popular band “MACE”
with Tony Cherry as it’s front man and lead singer. In addition to
performances by MACE and a third band, Charity, the band known as “Ricky
and the Rockets” would do their nostalgia show of rock and roll revival
hits from the 50’s and also perform contemporary rock and roll and pop
music as the band “Friends”.
The apartment behind the marquis was the actual residence of the Marotta
Family until the construction of a home, just north of Tony Mart’s
across George Street, completed in the spring of 1964.
This picture was first published in the 1972 Atlantic Community College
Yearbook. Group pictured: MACE. Photo by: Hank O'Brien from Somers Point
A wonderfully tongue and cheek portrait
of the man who created all of this,
Anthony Marotta, Sr.
promotional photograph of the Magnificent Seven.
This was another of the horn-driven big bands that appeared during the
These bands were also performing the popular music of Chicago and Blood,
Sweat and Tears as well as, Funk, Soul and the R & B Rock and Roll sound of
Memphis, featuring the music of artists such as Wilson Pickett and Sam
This is a glossy publicity photo of another excellent soulful big band,
“The Fabulous Wildflower”.
During this period at the end of the 60’s and the early years of the 70’s,
these soulful big bands were very popular.
This band was one of the first bands with African Americans, to appear at
Tony Mart’s. “The Fabulous Wildflower” was very entertaining and
They performed high energy, funky dance sets featuring excellent horn
arrangements and a driving rhythm section.
photo of the front of Tony Mart’s with a blow up picture of Ricky and the
Rockets on the right and a special sign on the left of “A” door. The
door underneath the marquis was the main entrance to Tony Mart’s with the
door on the right, a secondary entrance. This photograph shows both
“Ricky and the Rockets” as well as their alter ego, the contemporary pop
band “Friends” on the marquis.
This photo above was taken during a birthday party for one of his
children held on the elevated platform with tables and chairs in
what he called “Jr’s Lounge”, a large addition to
Tony Mart’s built in 1967.
Therefore this photograph is dated
towards the late 60’s or 1970. It is prior to an unfortunate
accident when Anthony Marotta fractured his left foot and sustained a
very serious injury that rendered him partially disabled. He never
really fully recovered from this injury and he was never as active in
the day to day management of the club and his considerable surrounding
This photograph was obviously taken prior to that
incident when he was “as healthy as a bull” working long hours every day
from April to September. Tony Mart’s driving ambition was matched
by his indefatigable work ethic. He was a tremendously hard
physical worker who maintained much of the premises and property,
personally, in addition to supervising others. In this picture he
was probably enjoying one of his favorite drinks of the time, a very
generous J & B scotch and water. In earlier years, he drank strong
Manhattans with VO blended whiskey.
1970 thru 1972: The first rock-n-roll revival: Ricky
and the Rockets.