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George Paige: In the summer of 1965 I had just graduated high school and got a job bartending at Tony Marts. Tony and his manager (Pete?) never asked me for my ID and if they had they would of discovered I was only 20 yrs old. Interesting when it came to me having to card patrons at the bar. I went on to work at Tony Mart's for a number of summers after that (including BayShores across the street and The Dunes as well).

But it was in that August of 1965 that I tended bar on Stage #2 where a band played "Levon and the Hawks." They were great guys and we partied several times in their "band' apartment above the club. It was the year of weed, acid and mushrooms. I'll never forget that psychedelic poster on their wall of Jimi Hendrix with colors and graphics that seemed to move with the music.

Of course "Levon and the Hawks" turned into Bob Dylan's electric band and then The Band. That summer inspired me with The Hawks, then Woodstock then years later I'd end up working with major artists like Aerosmith, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Micheal Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Edgar Winter, Big Brother after Janis died and The Doors. Today I'm a TV and Film Producer and still working with musical talent. It all started that summer of 65 at Tony Marts in Somers Point.
 
Pete Martin: I was in The Cut Loose Band. We were there 3 nights a week, hanging with Shotgun a little during down time and Alien used our PA and lighting when they were there. Great times! The first night we played a group of girls said we could stay at their rental in Margate when we asked about nearby hotels. We were from Connecticut and I spent a month straight there without heading back north because it was so much fun.

Jim Weiss: I worked with Fast Cookies Band in 1979. I was there lighting tech. In this version of the band, Dana on bass, Sid on Guitar, Johnny on drums, Bob Noble did not play that year. He was with Dana earlier. He was playing with Auburn from Reading PA. I was with him right before Sid asked me about going to Tony's with them. I used to set off flash pods during the show. Scared a few people who weren't ready for it. We had so much fun that year. We shared the stage with another band I don't remember their name though. Thank you Carmen and Tony for the great memories. I still go to OC every year for vacation.

Bob Potterton:
I had a blast at Tony Marts in the late 70"s and 80"s . I worked at the Ank and Mothers, my room mate worked at TM. We all partied way too much ..... Ah the good ole days ! I hung out with Steve Shields and we carried on like crazy kids. Day time employment was at Copper Kettle Fudge and surfing the break off 6th street ! I miss those days.

Kolman M. Kleinbord:
I worked as a bouncer on and off from 1958 to 1962. I loved the place and the job. The original building was classic. One of my tasks was to keep people from dancing in front of the band area--which as we all knew was practically the only place to dance in the old building. That was always fun. Learned a lot of diplomacy doing that. The cook always had meatball sandwiches and chocolate milk for me for dinner. I also worked at Bayshores and the Dunes. The Dunes was a real treat getting everyone who was ripped coming in after 2AM closings. Earned every cent I got paid there. When I started to teach in 1962 I stopped working. A great experience and a great time. Hi to anyone from that time.

Herbie Holroyd:
Some of the happiest days (and nights) of my life were the summers of ’63 and ’64. I work the days at the Lincoln Hotel in Ocean City, where my buddies and I would steal cases of beer from the River Boat Club located on the second floor of the Hotel. Although O. C. is a dry town the Ocean County power group (judges, politicians, etc.) had their own private club so we felt like it was okay to steal from them. Like we were Robin Hoods, but really just more like plain hoods.

Anyway after work we all would first go to Bayshores for about an hour or so to try and get lucky. If no one scored off to Tony Mart (I had a insistence that we all call it TONY MART and not Tony Mart’s because that was the name on the building…but all my buddies made fun a continued to call the club Tony Mart’s). Bayshores was a great place and probably would have been be the best club ever had it not been for Tony Mart. We would stay till closing at 2:00am and then head to the Dunes. My last night ever at the Dunes was the night Harry Anglemyer, an Ocean City businessman (he owned Laura’s Fudge) was killed in the parking lot of the Dunes on Labor Day, 1964.

Now I am a lifetime Jersey Shore guy. In fact my New Jersey auto license plate reads “SHORE”, and for many years I have experienced all the rock venues from Margate to Wildwood. I have promoted rock concerts in the old Wildwood Convention Hall. Booked acts like Southside Johnny, Marshall Tucker, 38 Special, Kenny Loggins to name a few. But I must say that no place, not even Wildwood in the 70’s, compared to Tony Mart in the 60’s. One could travel the country a never find anyplace like that corner of Somers Point, NJ. ‘The Mart’ was simple the best!
 
Ickle: First went to Tony Marts in 1955. Was working at the Rustic Gardens in OC. Was all of 16. Knew to go in the side door down the alley. Won a Tshirt at amateur night. Also loved Mike Pedicin at Bay Shores and a final beer at Longos. Great memories.

Jim Rowbotham:
My Tony Mart's summer history goes from 1963 through 1969, covering my years at Bucknell University, then grad school at Wharton. Truth told, I managed to get into Tony Mart's when I was just shy of legal drinking age. By my Bucknell senior year, I and my classmates/fraternity brothers were legal. Along with buddies of mine from Havertown PA and Middletown NY, we'd check in for weekends at one of the Ocean City rooming houses, largely owned by sweet old ladies, hit the Ninth Street Beach during the day, have some cheap eats at either Coach's Corner, the Anchorage, or Gregory's, then make our way to Tony Mart's for great music and a lot of cute babes. The summer of '65 was truly magic because of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, which morphed into The Band, plus the Conway Twitty Band, along with the gorgeous go-go girls. One summer Saturday night that year I spotted Arline DiPetrio, one of the "American Bandstand" cuties from the early '60s. I said to one of my mates "She is really pretty. I'm going to ask her to dance. But first I'm getting another beer…" Tony Mart's was very well-run, with precious little acrimony or fights; that was not the case across the street at Bayshore's, which seemed to attract guys looking for trouble. One of the bartenders there, who was very good at his trade, seemed to have a group of nasty friends; he later worked at Little John's in NY City. The same guys would show up on Friday nights and cause the same dustups. When attending grad school, a group of us rented one of those old ramshackle houses in Ocean City one summer. That enabled us to try inviting babes we met in Tony Mart's back to our house for after-hours partying. At least that was our intent. The entire Somers Point summer scene, with Tony Mart's as the linchpin, was indelibly fun. At various times over the ensuing years I've driven over to Somers Point for a drink at Gregory's or at the Anchorage. They are all that's left of that era. Thanks to the Tony Mart's cohort for the Web site and for keeping memories alive.

Pat (Goll) Levis: I recently found a Tony Mart's sailor hat that I had won in a "dance contest" in the 1960's. I will always have great memories of Tony Marts and Bayshores when I worked (at the College Grill) and lived in OC during my teenage years. I spent many nights there (under 21) with my friends. We loved the music and loved to dance. I still live in Ocean City and wish we could find a place like TM and Bayshores to dance and have fun. Still dancin', Pat.

Michael "Pokey" Walls: Was playing the summer of 66 with the Chartbusters and on the other stage were the Four Reasons. There was a bouncer at Bayshores, across the street, that was SOOO big that two of the Four Reasons performed a whole set in one pair of this guy's surf jams - one in each leg!  If Tony called you a "musisha' bum", he liked you (because all musicians are basically "bums"). If he called you idiota - watch out. RE: "Sparkle" the gogo girl - you still pass through a dream or two now & then.  :-] Cindy Arbogast Royer: This is my second entry. Through my 1st entry, I found Greg Arena, front man for the group Night Time Sunshine, played Bayshores in 1970 with Caswell and Crystal Mansion on the second stage. Through him I found Joan Pullia Portor and Sara Trasferini.  We are going to Somers Point on Aug 10 - 12th and have a reunion. It's been 44 years. I still did not find John Doty who stood 6'8" and tended bar at Tony Marts. cindysworld14@aol to join our reunion. Staying at the Residence Inn.

Chris Knight: I was a radio announcer at WSLT/AM & FM in Ocean City at 10th and Asbury Ave. I was asked to be an extra in the movie Eddie and the Cruisers and was in the bar scene in the far left. As a Teenager...when the drinking age was 19....I used to drive my boat to the slips at bay shores and trot over to the Mart. You could see the Giant RED neon sign for miles.

Dick Squires:
I worked part time at Tony Marts from 1964 to 1968. I was one of the cashiers at the door with the castor wheels on the cash registers, so as to pull them out of the way when anybody was being removed. I will always remember Pete, with all those keys hanging from his belt, and little Joe. Most everybody that worked there would always walk around the place looking at the floor for dropped money. The Bands that lived upstairs and all the people that would pack the place almost every hour it was open. I will always remember Tony Marts.

Dwight Hutchison:
Summer of' '62 - tended bar at Tony Mart's - lot's of 'shoobies' coming in on Fridays all wild and excited - leaving Sundays broke and bedragled - back again on the next weekend. Never ending fun, Fall Guys with Joey belting out
'Peanut Butter'  -- Pete Carroll whistlin' 'Sweet Georgia Brown' -- Baby Bear keepin' the peace at the door -- Pete Toscano checking our registers. Best summer I had before embarking on a career in Medicine.

Lin Gooch:
My grandparents frequented Tony Marts almost every weekend in the 40's and early 50's.  My grandfather Albert Wood had the most amazing tenor voice. I've been told that he was called up to entertain and rarely sat down. He was paid with a bottle of booze. When I was a kid I remember seeing all the bottles in his liquor cabinet. He's long gone but those legendary stories remain of the memories of Tony Marts!

Kim Weiland:
Hi, Carmen, many great memories of the Marts as one of the 18's with you and Dan Rose, Jeff Frost and Parry Lord etc. One of my first jobs as an artist was painting and lettering the drinks signs for the walls behind the bar.
Great times!!!!!

Susan Rumer Peifer:
Just got home from the music pier, what a FABULOUS show!!!!!!So much talent. Loved it.

Jim and Maureen Bigley: Just a short note to let you know we loved the beach concert on Fri night. The Midiri brothers and other musicians were fantastic.  We didn't think it could be topped until we went to the show at the Music Pier on Saturday night.  Wow!  Wow! Wow!  It was great.  I have watched shows on WHYY which are fund raisers using the rock music from the 50's and 60's and yours was better.  Those guys are fantastic.  I am sorry we missed the 1 hour 10 minutes you had to cut out.  I would love to hear that also.  Looking forward to seeing this show again.  Congratulations to you and all the musicians for a great show.  My sister-in-law grew up in the big band era and she came with us.  Her comment was this was not even my music and it was wonderful.

Tom Kennedy:
Underage as usual we crashed Bay Shores on a Labor Day Weekend some time between 1961-63.  The entire place was drunk including the staff and the dance floor was underwater!  Suddenly through the front doors came a guy on a motorcycle spinning his way over the dance floor.  Of course everyone who could still think found it cool except the police.  Off in our AH Sprites, MGB's and Triumphs to another spot.  Greatest summers ever! Indian Madras from head to toe!!! We might have been living in "dry"  Ocean City but once you got a ride over the Causeway it was Bad to the Bone!

Don "Duke" Leisey: Hi Carmen, Just a note to let you know that I enjoyed seeing you again at the Chicago Concert on May 25.  It brought back great memories of more than 50 years ago!  Sorry I am unable to attend the anniversary concerts this summer.  Here's wishing you and all the Tony Mart's alumni an enjoyable and memorable time at the concerts.
  ~ Best wishes, Don "Duke" Leisey
 
Cindy (Regan) Arbogast-Royer: I was a cocktail waitress at TM's in 1970.  It was the best summer of my life.  I met lots of people and never saw them again. There was a band from Philly, the lead singer was Gregory.  If I could find him, I could find some friends, I just don't know last names.

Leon Estep:
I played at Tony Marts the last summer in a band called Pressure along with Shotgun. Our big thing was Syd, who did his Jimmy Hendrix set.

Jack Littley:
 In the summer of 68, I had just broken up with my long time girl friend. Tony's kept me from dying of loneliness. The summer was great. Gunther's Bus was the headliner. The summer closed with Oliver singing Good Morning Starshine and Jean. I got the girl back, we got married and still are. Thanks to Tony's for saving me.

Joe Seddon: Joe Seddon here, lead singer and guitarist for Plymouth Rock which consisted of Frank Appice on drums (Carmine Appice`s cousin), Ron Lovett on bass, Allen Weber on sax. I played Somers Point during the 60`s and shared the stages with such good buddies as Johnny Caswell and The Crystal Mansion, Ray Sharp and The Soul Set and many more. This is where i met Levon Helm and The Hawks. A great band that later became The Band. At one point i left The Sterling Brothers, my earlier group, featuring myself and Mark Hutchinson, and joined Sam Allen and The Monkey Men. Sam and the guys worked opposite The Sterling Brothers Band at the Satellite Lounge in Wrightstown, N. J. many times. It was fun stuff building that cage, and hard work. My friend Roy Buchanon took my place with the Monkey Men when i left for Hollywood. Roy was my inspiration. I`d visit the old Dick Lees when he was with The Temps and we became friends via those meetings. I was 16 at our first meeting. Dave White from The Mansion was also my producer for Mercury Records along with Johnny Madera. Caswell was also with the label, thus we ended up at Bayshores, The Dunes and Tony Marts. Lots of terrific times, blasting bands and endless fun. Late hours, some wild and crazy people who stomped it out there, and it was magical. Sea breezes and cheap beers! Time has changed much of that but the memories linger. I still record, have several albums online and miss the good old days at " The Mart. "   As a matter of fact, i`ll be eating lunch at the Point Diner shortly and walking the boards, passing by what was once the hottest spot at the shore. My best to all who worked there. " Joe

Drew Antonelli:
I tended bar for Tony 1967 thru 1970, some of the greatest memories I have ever experienced in my lifetime, thru a very trying time in our country.  Ricky and The Rockets, The Fenderman, Gunthers Bus, and many more house bands that Tony would bring in , they were all great Rock and Roll bands and could make a big  name for themselves as long as they followed Tony's mentoring as to  What to play , how loud, soft or long to play, and believe me if they did not listen to Tony they were not there long. Tony had a real feel for what the customer wanted and that was evident every night the place was packed. I did not stay in the business but if you learned from Tony Marotta you received a Masters degree in "Club" . He was a wonderful man that I admired and is often in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad that Carmen is keeping his name going.




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Mel Davis: I was the organist for the band full house. I enjoyed Tony Marts very much.

Bob Ryan: Just came across this site, saw someone mentioned the Point Diner. My mom worked there for 24 yrs, her name was Eleanor. She was hostess/cashier/bouncer on the midnight-8am shift in the summertime. As some of you may remember, if you came in all juiced up and caused a problem, mom would either call the cops or just grab you by the ear and drag you out the door! Mom passed away in Oct. 2008. Anyway, lots of good memories of Tony Marts, Bayshores, The Dunes, and The Attic (remember that one?) Carmen, long time-no see. Glad to see you haven't left. Whenever I get the chance to visit The Point again, I usually go past the old site just so I can remember. Take care and keep this site going!