Michael "Slammer" Lord:
Just like everyone else on here, my fondest
memories were nights spent at Tony Mart. I will never forget,
getting right up to Carmen's bar, a fresh Alabama Slammer sitting
there waiting for me, listening to the bands so loud that I still
have hearing problems (probably more from old age though). To this
day, there has never been a better bartender then Carmen. I remember
being there on the final night, as sad as that day was. I was
allowed to take a bar stool and several other pieces of memorabilia
as well as many of my friends did. Carmen, your place was legendary,
and too me, you'll always be a legend. My Grandmother, my Mom and I
had all spent time there through all the years, and the memories you
gave to all of us, can never be repaid!! Always look forward to
seeing you again, please keep me informed of what's going on.
thanks, Michael "Slammer" Lord Sr.
I worked the last two
summers and the last winter at The Mart. We had a great time and I
made some life long friends there. I wish I could find some of
those others. We were brothers in arms. Carmen and Tony
were and are great people. I truly appreciated the way they
welcomed me into their home for dinner and nights of
relaxation. Mrs. Marotta's cooking was tremendous and The Drag
was amazing. The staff was tremendous, Billy D, Slammer, Moon man,
Barry "butlick" Bukowski, Chink, Rocky Horrowitz, Dubie, Joycie Wah,
Dave, Big Ange (who saved me from brain damage), Suzuki ( a
truly inspirational guy), Steve Wright, and of course......
Animal. We had a lot of great times and a lot of great fights.
Hi Carmen, my name is
Saul Shocket, & I was the sax player for Tito Mambo & the Messiahs
of Soul in 1965.We worked across the street at Bayshores, but would
exchange sitting with Levon & the Hawks. I worked along side
another sax player named Diz Lee, who was an amazing player & mentor
to me. Those were incredibly memorable times, & interesting to see
how many people share these warm memories of SP/OC days in the 60's.
I remember the names of the BS bouncers, as we trained together
during the days. Do these names sound familiar? Guy Borrelli, Chris
Olson, Denny Lankes, & Ted Stremback. Ok, great site, tnx,& please
keep it going. SS
I was a bouncer at
Tony Mart's in 62, 63, and 64. They were the 3 greatest summers of
my life. I loved working for Tony, Pete and Ron Fry. They treated me
great! Also I loved our customers. In 1964 Philadelphia magazine
came in and did a story on us. We were called crowd control
engineers. I always liked Conway Twitty the best. He was such a
gentleman. WE WERE THE THE JERSEY SHORE!
Dan Rieck "Cactus Dan":
So many good
memories of my several years at Tony Marts. Out of college and off
to bar tend at Tony's in Spring of 69. Wasn't Poppa happy! In the
deep end at the Junior Lounge doing the evening rigorous cleaning,
icing, and prep work getting ready for early spring opening. Under
the watchful and benevolent eye of Harry Toscano (brother of manager
Pete Toscano).And then off to the Anchorage for 7/$1 beer and
Spent most of first season running the service bar and back end of
the big Junior Lounge bar.Think it was early 70 when the big disco
ball with strobe lights were added. Often did bar setup during the
week for late arriving vets like Sonny McCullough (triangle bar);
Square Bar (where Mrs.Mart would sit with Tina and the boys after
diner at Mac's. Side Bar always had to be just perfect for this is
where the Boss would supervise the night's affairs.
Many names flash before: Sonny; Bunny Barton and BIG Jim Zager (from
Pittsburgh); Ronnie Quigley; Bobby Walls (always on the L
Bar);Eileen Slack as my very capable Lounge table waitress; Freddy
"Mart" (Fred Smartley); Frank DiGregorio on the back bar (funnier
than Don Rickels); Bernie back in the corner flippin burgers; Pop
Dallas across the street.
Later on Tony allowed me to serve as his "assistant manager" after
Pete had moved on to driving his Jitney in AC. Always liked Pete and
would sometimes join him after hours in Ac at the B&B Lounge on
Atlantic for drinks and super sharp cheese. Somehow wound up living
in front apartment upstairs with former VHS football bud, Mike
D'Domenico. Good times. Rented a sofa for $14/week at Sonny's
Developed a sideline of selling flashy neckties and, then, really
wild bell bottom pants which we sold to the bartenders and
doormen.Not certain that this look was quite what the Boss
Always enjoyed sitting down with Tony at the end of a long night and
listening to some fabulous stories. Remember his ritual cleansing of
tall shell class with repeated scrubbing, rinsing, topping with ice,
rinsing the ice and finally topping up with J&B and water. Only
drink I ever remember him drinking.
Bands? Always loved Ricky and the Rockets and remember their endless
practice of CSNY covers in the afternoon-especially Suite for Judy
Blue Eyes. Gunther's Bus and the upside down go go dancers
with their heads in the beer coolers. The
Great Brass invasion from Canada of Grant Smith and the Power.
Donovan. Cowsills. Sure do wish I had been around a couple years
earlier for Levon and the Hawks!!
Still remember Tony's greatest greeting " You .... Bum"
Best regards Carmen! Hope to see you soon.
I certainly remember
a talented band during the summer of 1969: The Nitetime Sunshine.
Does anyone remember this Hippie style band. They were very friendly
and I think the lead singers name was Larry. Well, we sure had a
ball dancing our heads off and merging in with the big Philly Pa.
crowd was cool too They got along with us Jerseyites pretty well.
Lot's of fun and great memories for sure! And we got to see "Oliver"
He has recently passed away but had a great hit single called "Jean"
very nice person too. I remember he asked one of the bar tenders to
go over by my nice sister and wanted to ask her for her phone number
to maybe get together some time. My sister was flattered but we
lived way up in North Jersey and he was on tour and we had to go
home the next day. I also remember the fun watching people get into
doing the limbo. They had a few contests for prizes once in awhile.
Great memories forever!!!!
The first time I ever
danced with a girl (other than my mother) was at Tony Marts. I think
I was 18. I don't remember the girl's name, but the song was The
Cisco Kid by War.
Hi my name is
Denise Christopher, I was checking out some videos on you tube and
found this page. My father Tony Christopher aka Fish, Punchy,
whatever his nick name may have Been at the time, haha, enlightened
me to his Tony Marts years, working there out in the parking lot and
moving up to tending bar. I've heard some stories about Tony Marts,
and when they filmed Eddie and the Cruisers. We have the video on
vhs of course and a few tony marts coasters too along with a picture
in black and white of the tony marts crew, looks like such a fun
time! I've seen the movie many times with my dad pointing out this
and that in the background! I've heard about Tony, my dad does a
great impression of him. Lol. I wish I could have been around that time, there aren't places like
that anymore! Glad I can hear the stories though!
I have the distinct honor
of being the first guy arrested at the door of Tony Marts for an
under age false ID at the beginning of the 1963 season. It was
Easter weekend, when the Bar's would open up and then close until
the Summer. We came down from College near Philly, drinking warm
Beer (Fallstaff quarts, I think), to get drunk, and save money in
the bars. Anyhow, I didn't look anything like the picture on
the ID. I was thrown in the Somers Point Jail, where I spent the
entire weekend, plus a few days. No money to bail me out until my
Buddies got back to Philly and the Banks opened up. At the Court
appearance the Judge told me to tell all my Buddies that they
wouldn't tolerate incidents like this in the future. He fined me
$50. After I turned 21 I had many fabulous times at the
Point/Dunes. The incident didn't effect my status as an Officer in
the Air Force as I was Commissioned and sent to Nam. (They needed
Officers then, so were willing to overlook less than perfect
records). Anyhow, will always remember those times at the shore as
some of the best times of my life.
I was in a band called
the Magic Mushrooms that played Tony Marts in the Summer of 1966 or
1967. Wondering if anyone is around who was there the, and
also wondering if there was any memorabilia left from that time
period. I know Tony was around there, our manager was Sonny Casella,
and we were out of Philadelphia. We did a lot of the British
music before it was released here, and we also kind of tore up the
stage at the end of our shows. We were there until we got on Tony's
bad side, and walked. I have fond memories living above the
bar. It was the ultimate for a 19 year old. Just wondering.
From Pittsburgh Central
Catholic High,1945. Visited Bay Shores & TMs/Late 40s early
50s/ Grace Kelly & Lizanne there / bartend. Frank Sheey ??
Friends George/Nancy McAllister home Longport / Married Peggy
McSorley / where is
It was one of the
most memorable & wonderful times of my life. The year was 1970.
I lived at the Old A House in Ocean city, worked at Sim's Restaurant
where I met my amazing wife of 40 years, drank Harvey Wall Bangers,
and danced to great bands every chance I had at Tony Mart's w/ my
good friends from upper New York state. We drove to concerts at the
Wildwood Convention Center featuring some of the greats like Elton
John, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Red Bone, Doug Hicks & his Hot
Licks, etc. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Your friend forever,
Kathy Staats Accardi:
I loved the
show in Ocean City this past Sunday. My parents who are now living
in Florida are always talking about the great times they had at Tony
Marts. Do you guys have a cd - you were all phenomenal. I have
joined your mailing list and are looking forward to future events.
Enjoyed the Tony Marts
Allstars on Aug 18th celebrated my 60th birthday. Great show. Are
planning to release a cd. Your band is great.
I was a regular at Tony Marts
from 1970-1973 living for two years in Atlantic City and then moving
down the coast to N. Wildwood and Wildwood. We spent parts of
most weekends at Tony Marts 'The Host of the Jersey Coast' I think
was how they marketed themselves on radio. I recall seeing
Johnny Caswell and the Crystal Mansion many times. And there
was a great house band with a lead singer that did a wonderful Mick Jaggar routine..wish I could remember the name of the band.
And then there was Ricky and the Rockets (Ricky who could kick the
shit out of everyone in Bayonne New Jersey was part of their
introduction...after the hubcap went flying from back stage).
In 1972, I dated a girl who was living and working in Ocean City.
Her roommate dated one of the Rockets guitar players but I can't
recall his name or hers. I met him often and he would give
Denise and I tickets to the band's shows when they played a coast
venue. One venue was The Stardust in downtown Wildwood.
Ocean City was an exciting play in the early 1970s. When I
wasn't rocking out at Tony Marts I was getting very drunk at The
Anchor (with 7 for 1 this was easy and cheap to do). The
memories are so thick I would write about them for hours and
honestly, I haven't thought about Tony Marts in almost 40 years. They are important memories indeed.
1965 - I recall a
Saturday or Sunday afternoon matinee at Bay Shores when everyone was
becoming impatient waiting for Tito Mambo to show up for his gig. A
boat procession pulled up at the dock behind the place and a coffin
off and carried in and placed on the stage. The band commenced and
during the second or third number the lid slowly lifted and Tito
emerged. What a hoot.
Motor cycle "gangs" often showed up at Bay Shores weekend matinees.
One afternoon this guy drives right thru the front door and proceeds
to rev up his Harley circling the dance floor over and over and over
filling the place with choking exhaust while the crowed went wild.
Finally the cops arrived to spoil the fun.
One hot and sweaty night when I was underage, the cops raided the
place looking for fake IDs. A bunch of us "illegals" headed for the
known best exit under the circumstances ... the girl's restroom
which had a window at the back of the place you could climb out of
and drop into the bay. A short swim under the bridge to a little
beach by the parking lot of the Circle Liquor Store was our path to
Around 2AM you would find your car, often not a easy task, and head
for the Dunes, bleary eyed and totally under the influence to sweat
it out dancing to the loudest music ever coming from the elevated
band stand. "Johnny Caswell and
the Crystal Mansion" became the local Jersey band I followed
CL: Charles Laudsberry - artist and a bit of a Somers Point
CL: "All the bars in Somers Point closed at 2 AM. Everyone then
drove over that rickety bridge on the Longport causeway to the
Dunes. The Dunes catered to the late night set and people who worked
as waiters, waitresses, bartenders and bouncers. Everyone ended up
at the Dunes open past 6 in the morning."
CL: "It was daylight when you crawled out of the Dunes but breakfast
was waiting for you at the Point Diner then it was crash on the
beach so you could start the ritual all over again or if you were
not as lucky...head back to Philly."
Me: My regular pick me up at the Point Diner was a buttered cinnamon
bun done on the grill with a double order of bacon. Today my
cardiologist is grateful I'm still around to help with his BMW