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!
Friday nights reunion
party at the Boatyard was a smashing success, The weather was
beautiful and of course the music was fantastic. Thanks to the Elks
and Carmen and Nancy for a very special night. The food was
excellent and I never tasted better potato or macaroni salads.
I'm looking forward to the next get together. Everyone should
come out and relive great old times and feel a wee bit younger
I read these stories
and most talk about the early years and the later years. I
played at Tony Mart's in '62 and '63. Our band was the
Roof-Toppers. I played bass. Other bands in that era were -
The Fall Guys, The Kit Kats, Pete Carrol and the Carrol Brothers,
Jack and the Beanstalks, The Four Fables, The Emcees, Bobby Brown
and the Curios, And many, many more. We would work the whole
season. Remember Charlie's snack stand in the back? I'd ask
for a meatball sandwich and he'd ask, "You want two?" We lived
upstairs all summer. Best years of my life. We then went to
play at the Dune's . I loved the crowds, the bouncers, the
Point Diner, the whole deal.
I was with the
Monkeymen during their 2 summer reign at Bay Shores, I think 67
and 68. Sam, James, Ricky, Bobby and and myself Harry then in
68 Fred Morris on drums in. Great times stayed the Anchorage
one year and some motel the next. Played at the Dunes
with the The Insects I think and Johnny Caswell to start then moved
up to Bay Shores. Played with Malcohm and the Bonnevilles one
of those years. Sam and Bobby have passed. Fred, James
and I are still here.....have no idea why! They were the
fastest times of our lives and will never forget. After the
Dunes we would drink beer and played pool at O'Burns which was on
the way to the Dunes. The Monkeymen had one record under the
name The Luv Bandits. We had to use that name because The
Monkees were hot then and the label was afraid of being sued.
Google The Luv Bandits if you want to hear it. James and I
also did a few albums later Google CDbaby and look for The Monkeymen
Then and Now or Google The Monkeymen or Itunes.
I just want to thank
Carmen again for allowing me to be small part of Tony Mart's
history. Steve Wright (another alumnus 7yrs!) were at the
reunion concert Aug 18th. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
We're looking forward to Sept.. We hope to see many of you
there. When I worked at the Mart my first summer in 1981,
there was a barmaid named Tracy. We "affectionately" referred
to her as Weaselina. I hope she has been having a good and
happy life. No hard feelings? We were all young
and crazy. Unfortunately some of our Tony Marts family are
gone now and they are missed. They will never be forgotten.
Every night was a loud, rowdy, sweaty, sometimes rude rock 'n roll
adventure. It would be great if we could see more of the
people from that era. Joe Stone where are you? Rosine
and Heidi no love for us anymore? Come on back to revisit the
best days of our lives, We won't be carding.
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!
Debi Riley Carty:
Back in the middle
70's Tony was the place to go. At that time drinking age was 18 so
everyone came from New York and Philly to be there. Mace and Marach
were the bands at that time. I was still in high school but hung
with both bands. I wish I could go back to those years where times
were just fun. Tony Sr was a hoot sitting at the empty back by the
front door watching every one came in. Tony and Carmen were the
bartenders at that time. I love going every weekend and
sometimes during the week all summer. 12th beach in Ocean City is
where every one went from there.
During the summer of
'64, I made my first of what would be eight summers of working in
Ocean City (just across the bay from "The Point" and Tony Marts,
Bayshores, and Steel's Bar). Being only 17 at the time I was
much too young to get in to Tony Marts. I worked those summers
at a pizza shop on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Some guys came in
to the pizza shop who looked like true bodybuilders. We found
out they were football players from Grove City College who worked as
bouncers at Tony Marts. Some free pizza and good conversation
allowed a few of us to go to the mecca of rock and roll. The
bouncers told us to go in stand in a far away corner and try not to
attract attention. We were in heaven. Tony Mart's!!!
We stood and just soaked in the atmosphere and joy of living in the
innocence of 1964. We also made it into Bayshores and the
Dunes to just listen to bands. Oh, to be back at the Point in
What memories. We
were only 18-19 then and on summer weekends in the late 70's, we
would arrive from Pa., check in at the Raleigh in OC(a dump, but
cheap) then ate dinner. After that we would go to the Anchorage for
the 7 for $7. After there for a while, it was on to the Rockbox to
watch the Bonnie Parker Band. We then backtracked to Tony Mart's. By
that time we were pretty well shot, BUT, we would then go to the
Dunes until 6am. We left to go out in the daylight and came out of
the Dunes as the sun was coming up. We would then sleep on the beach
all day while avoiding the rent-a-cops checking for beach tags. This
would be repeated again on Saturday afternoon and pretty much every
summer weekend. Those days and places were so much fun and will
never be forgotten. Thanks for the site in helping to keep these
During my summers off
from medical school in early sixties, I bartended at Tony Marts.
Great place to work. Enjoyed the people. Remember the family, young
kid etc. Would like to see place again sometime.
Hello & Congratulations
on your celebration! I am the actor who played the MC in
"Eddie & The Cruisers" in your wonderful lounge all those years ago.
Best wishes, Bruce Brown.
I remember Tony
Marts as a kid. I use to peek in but I was just a little kid. My
uncle sometimes use to come to Tony Marts.
I was kid when the
owner was a Chelsea Cola Driver , he delivered to Ferraro's in
Atlantic City. When he opened all the family use to go here to
dance. I went there in 1971 what a great place. My aunts would be in
the dance contest! It was the Spring Break of it's time, better than
Florida. The Jersey shore from Tony's to Margate bars to Atlantic
City...watched the sunrise alot. Thanks for the memories.
Just was walking through
memory lane myself and saw this web site, and remembered the day,
Fast Cookies and The Band, as I was Dana's girlfriend for many, many
years and tended bar there. We lived in Ocean City on 5th Street and
the rock and roll days were brought back, thanks for the memories.
My prayers go out to
you. I have a lot of happy memories of Tony Mart's. There will never
be anything like it again. Love and prayers.
Don "Duke" Leisey:
Thank you for
keeping me on your mailing list. Even though I live in
California, I hope to attend an event sometime in the future. I
worked the door and floor at Tony Mart's during the summer of 1959.
What a fun job! I have many fond memories of working with some
outstanding people, hearing great music, meeting new friends and
having a wonderful summer. Some of the guys I worked with were
Jimmy Valentine, Bob Franz, and Johnie Tatarro. Thanks to those
people who are keeping the Tony Mart's legacy alive.
Buddy George Watts:
I tended bar
there 1965, 1966, 1967and 1968......what memories!! Soooo many
stories: partying w/ Levon and the Hawks; partying w/ The Four
Reasons; partying w/ Joey Powers and the New Demension.
Playing drums w/ an "in-house" band of bartenders and bouncers whose
name was "The Outhouses" !? We were awful, but, it
sure was fun.
Susan Rumer Peifer:
I was a
beautician at the time and did hair for some of the cast of "Eddie &
I played at Tony
Mart's in the spring and summer of 1973 with The Nace Benner Band,
later to become Airport and the house band at Mother's. I played
with a broken ankle for four weeks, standing on stage with a crutch
or leaning on a chair, which did not make the boss too happy. I
remember after our first audition, he rose up from his seat in the
corner of the room and said, "You guys are good, but what I am I
going to do with all that noise?". We turned down our amps, and he
loved it. What a great memory.
Marts was the cleanest, brightest, jumping club I enjoyed
patronizing. It was just fun. They are many very happy memories. My
friends and I would dance all night to the greatest music
ever. When I would walk in the door I was treated as family.
Oh to be young again!. Tony hired the best employees& bartenders, I
felt safe but most of all I felt alive! Thank you for those younger
days that was innocent and free.....Have fun at the reunion.
I played there the
summer of '70 in Mag 7 along with Ricky and the Rockets, great
summer. Also played several other dates for Tony , he always
called us BUMS. Played again the summer of '74 with Tangent,
I met my darling wife Barb.
I still think about
Tony Marts. I am now 52. I started hanging there with my crowd from
Marple-Newtown in the 70s, we all had summer homes in OC. We went
every night in the summers until they closed. I loved the Bop Shoo
Bops and Carlos the singer was so cute. Where is he now? Never went
to Bay Shores, not as much fun. I have a couple pictures. I have to
I am 49 years old
and Tony Mart's was my home away from home. I loved it. I wish
I could have seen it in the mid '60s, my favorite period fro music
I played drums at Tony
Mart's bar with the Playboys (1957-58). What a great place! I
recall the continuous music - one band going off stage and another
coming on. One of my most memorable moments is when we would leave
the bar, while playing, and going across the street to the Bay
Shores while continuing to play and drawing some of the Bay Shores
crowd into Tony Mart's. Also recall playing there at the same time
that the now famous Frankie Avalon was playing at Bay Shores. He was
a trumpet player at the time. These were memorable times during my
teenage years and I was saddened when I returned there years later
to show my wife where I played only to find that Tony Mart's no
longer existed. I enjoyed it while it lasted. If anyone who reads
this story has pictures of our group I would appreciate hearing from
Was the greatest nite
club ever. The music and the atmosphere was incredible. I just wish
it could be rebuilt to it's original grandeur on the same exact site
and get that ungodly building on the property removed. Tony Marts
was an icon and always will be.
TONY MART'S is a real
South Jersey legend...I remember it fondly...I started going there
when I turned 21 in 1967...as you entered, the music greeted
you...then there were the lights...the people...the energy...the
beat...the excitement...the drinks...Tony Mart (sitting at the bar
"hosting" the festivities)...all made the experience
UNFORGETTABLE... and UNFORGETTABLE is probably the best one-word
description there is of this revered, truly one-of-kind, South
Jersey institution !!!
Around 1979 or 1980,
there was a band called, Fast Cookies? That played at the mart. the
lead guitarist was black and left handed and did amazing covers of
Jimi Hendrix. Do I have the name of the band correct? Does anyone
else remember this band and the incredible guitar player?
Tony Marts Replied:
Yes, I remember them very well and talk about them often. In
fact, my brother, Tony Mart Jr and I were just talking about that
band. The black guitar player was named Sid and there was
another guitar player, Bobby Noble, and the bass player/leader Dana
Tony and I agree with you. They were an excellent rock band.
I'd like to talk with you about this more. Try to come to a
Tony Mart gig or a Somers Point Beach Concert, which we produce with
a municipal committee.
You should definitely try to see Billy Walton who does phenomenal
Hendrix guitar solos. He's on the beach with his band on
Friday, June 25th and at Sandi Pointe Bistro for a Tony Mart gig on
Friday, July 23rd.
Check our Live
Events page for more info on lots of great live music.
Look forward to meeting you and speaking.