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Cork Young: 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.

Vic Stretton:
I worked at Tony Mart's, Bay Shores, and the Anchorage 1972-1980.

Fran Wagner:
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.  Thanks!

Bob Petrilla: 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!

Lee Martin:
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 again.

Danny Charles: 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.

Harry Wallace:
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.

Lee Martin:
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.

Sam:
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 known?

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.

Donna Wright:
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.

Roger Evoy: 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.

Rex White: 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.

Bill Brumage:
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 the 60's!!

Anthony:
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 memories alive!

Doug Fusonie: 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.

Bruch Brown:
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.

Donna Prendergast: 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.

Daniel Fedeli: 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.

Susan:
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.

Mary Rosell: 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 & the Cruisers".
 
Frank D'Alonzo: 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.
 
Debbie Battles: Gosh,  Tony 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.

Rocky Pepino: 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, that's when
I met my darling wife Barb.

Jamie Kesdekian: 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 find them.

Jerry Contento: 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 and movies.

Danny Evans: 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 them.

Paul Barkley: 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.

Tom Levin: 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 !!!

John Shetron: 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 Nuccio. 
 
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.

Thank you,
Carmen Marotta




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Candy Coe: I met my husband at Tony Mart's in 1965 .. Dave Coe .. he was a summer cop  working under Lyn Bader chief of police in SP,  I worked on w/e's across the street from Tony Mart's in Coach's Corner own by Dave DeFillipo.  During our break at midnight .. my girlfriend and I would go over to TM just to look at all the beautiful people.  We were under age but the bouncer's would let us in for 20 mins.  I didn't care if I had a drink or not ... just being in Tony Mart's and looking at everyone dancing and laughing and hearing the bands(like Levon and the Hawks who are now call 'The Band' working with Paul McCartney) was enough for me.  What great memories.

Dee Grigsby Bennett: I worked for you Carmen as a waitress and bartender the summer of 1981.  Shotgun was the band that summer.  I must say that had to be the best summer of my life!  I met so many people and had so much fun.  Thanks for the memories.