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