My name is Cork Young I
played at Tony Marts with a band called Fast Cookies. What a great
memory I have. I see Sid once in a while. He had some very serious
health issues which left him with a pace maker. But he pulled thru
and is still playing. I think he now is playing bass. Bob is still
playing and is as incredible as ever. I ask Sid about Dana and he
pretty well dropped out of contact with everyone and I am pretty
sure he quit playing. I am still playing and planning to start a new
band. If anyone reads this who we became friends with please contact
me on facebook. Once again I have memories that will last forever.
I worked at Tony
Mart's, Bay Shores, and the Anchorage 1972-1980.
In (about) 1986, after
TM's was gone, I had drinks w/ Carmen Marotta and a few others.
I had attempted to paint a picture of TMs and I presented it to
Carmen at that time. Remember? Long live Tony Mart's,
glad this tribute exists.
Tony Mart Replied: We remember, and it's hanging in our house.
In 1955, I spent the
summer washing dishes and being promoted to "salad boy" at the great
old Lincoln Hotel in Ocean City, just up the street from the
ChatterBox. One of our fellow grunges had a great voice.
One night a week, maybe Wednesdays, Tony Mart's put on a singing
contest. Our guy won several weeks in a row. The house
band at the time was Dave Apple and the Applejacks. They packed us
in three deep around the bar. It was a great time. The
male to female ratio in dry OC was supposedly 7 to 1 that summer.
A few of us who had cars loaded them up and went to Somers Point as
many times a week as we could afford on peasant wages. Across
the street and down a bit from Tony Mart's was Bayshores, featuring
Mike Peddicin and his band. I know we can't go back, but to
really appreciate the scene that summer, you had to be there!
For several years (too many, by
any sane accounting) I spent nearly all my after-sundown hours on
the strip, or after closing, at the Dunes. My life was work
(reluctantly); surf; party - I'm not certain when (or if) I
slept. What little "downtime" I had was typically spent at the Fish
Market coffee shop around the corner resting my ears on acoustical
picking and drying out a bit. I seem to recall that over the inside
of the doors to Mart's was a large wooden plaque that read something
like this: "Through these doors pass the most beautiful women in the
world." Was that plaque salvaged, and are its current whereabouts
Chuck Williams, 103.7 FM The Shark:
Was a Tony's regular in 1978-81. On my part of
The Shark Website
, I have a tribute to Tony's and The Cruisers.
Thank you for the memories.
The memories of Tony
Marts will always bring me joy. I remember when the band Mace played
there. When the bar closed and was torn down it was a sad day for
Somers Point. Gone but never forgotten.
Around 1958 I heard my
first live band at Bay Shores. There were many week ends when my
friends and I enjoyed the Somers Point scene. When I finally reached
legal drinking age I moved most of my attention to Tony Marts where
there was lots and lots of fun. In 1967 I took an
apartment in Ocean City and spent every Friday night, every Saturday
matinee, every Saturday night, every Sunday matinee and every Sunday
evening at Tony Marts. Every time, without exception, I had
the best time of my life. During most of my pre-marriage times, I
came to Wednesday Tony Marts too. Those great times continued into
my marriage and until the end of TM. The last night Carmen “hired”
me to stamp peoples wrists for reentry; he paid me with three Tony
Marts T shirts. Over the years, my friendship with the Marottas has
continued to grow; they are the nicest. I am so grateful to Carmen
for continuing to create great musical events whose times are
publicized on this web page. Thank you Carmen.
Judy De Vries:
Lived in Ocean City
for the summer while going to Keystone College in Scranton in the
late 70's. Mays Landing, Wildwood, Atlantic City, The Anchor Bar was
the best deal. 7-7-oz. drafts (a round of beer) for a buck! And 2
snake bites for a buck. You could get hammered for under $5. And the
ABC was right on the circle. I love watching "Eddie and the
Cruisers" for old times sake.
I worked at Tony Mart’s
in the late 1960’s with The Fendermen. The original Fenderman were
country (Mule Skinner Blues) but the group at that time was an R&B
horn band. We worked opposite Gunther’s Bus and they were excellent!
I remember sitting in with them on trombone and even though they
were not a jazzy, horn band kind of group, they were great to play
with! They really inspired me during my solos. Great group. Then
there were the apartments upstairs. Those stories I can’t print. The
diner across the circle, Dunes till dawn. Those were the days my
friend! Great club! Great staff. Great memories!! Thanks!
Marts was a great place for music and meeting friends. I was there.
I was lucky to get and still have some memorabilia from those great
years. Reviewing your website brought back many memorable moments.
Went to school at
Pleasantville High, we use to cruise by every Saturday night we
loved to listen to the music. The Circle Liquor Store was
right across the street. It's been a long time now so I am
trying to remember, but I think we did go in the and dance once or
twice. Also, we went into the Silk Hat which is gone as well.
Ocean City was the next
stop over the bridge. I trying to remember also if OC had the
Blue Law or not..No Liquor..not sure...but they were the days. I was
at Pleasantville from 1952-1956. And you are great they were the
best years ever..I liked to go back to those days again.