Fanfare performs as “Frankie and the Hot Rods” in the summer of 1982. After
“Ricky and The Rockets” and “Bop Shoe Bop” this was a third rock n’ roll
revival performed at The Mart.
Joe, the keyboard player and lead singer of the group “Fanfare” performs on
the big stage at Tony Mart’s in the last summer –1982. Fanfare was
justly popular for its renditions of music by Super Tramp and Styx.
Their production rock and “heavy” music proved a bright spot in the
difficult summer 1982.
Another major attraction in the summer of 1981 was the appearance of “Alien”
performing the “Resurrection of Jim Morrison and the Doors” on Tuesday
nights when they weren’t playing their regular gig at The Princeton Lounge
in Avalon. After entering in a coffin, their front man, Dave, performed a
truly inspiring tribute to Jim Morrison which was incredibly popular with
many patrons at Tony Mart’s.
A wonderful full length picture of Lenora from Shotgun. This reveals
her uncanny resemblance to Chrissy Hyde of the Pretenders. Even more
remarkable was her vocal renditions of the Pretenders, as well as Pat
Benatar and many of the “new wave” bands of the times such as The B-52’s,
The Talking Heads and Elvis Costello.
Shotgun also did a suburb and extremely popular medley of Kinks
rock-n-roll which really ignited Tony Mart’s during the late hours of
crowded weekend nights.
Shotgun brought notoriety from its popularity in Philadelphia and
attracted hundreds of partiers from resorts in Cape May County where they
previously performed in Sea Isle City and other shore resorts.
A color glossy publicity photo of the band Shotgun who was very popular in
the mainline section of Philadelphia in 1980 and 1981. Shotgun,
featuring a very sexy and compelling female vocalist, Lenora, first
performed at Tony Mart’s in May of 1981. They were very well received
and quickly became a popular attraction. Once again, Tony Mart’s was
headed back towards the top after the lull in the years 1979 and 1980.
1981 was actually the last great summer for the phenomenal combination of
commercial success, tremendous musical entertainment and exciting ritual
celebrations at Tony Mart’s.
1981 and 1982: Shotgun brings the first “New Wave”
The Cruisers bring down the curtain.
One of the promotional posters for the movie “Eddie and the Cruisers”
which was filmed for approximately 20 days at Tony Mart’s in May of 1982.
Several of the scenes were filmed at The Mart. The famous “Follow the Arrow”
neon sign is prominently displayed in the scene which features the excellent
rock-n-roll song, “Wild Summer Nights” performed by John Cafferty and the
Beaver Brown Band.
Many regular Tony Mart patrons and Tony Mart
employees appeared as extras in several scenes filmed at Tony Mart’s.
Carmen Marotta performs his MC duties for one of the last times at Tony
Mart’s during the “Tony Mart Testimonial” held on September 13, 1982.
It was a great evening full of warm moments and emotional nostalgia.
The entertainment highlight was the performance of the Fall Guys who
returned to Tony Mart’s, after 18 years, to pay their final tribute to Tony
Tony Mart’s was sold to Harris and Leo Berman on September 15, 1982.