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Memory Lane
1944 thru 1952: The early years: origin and foundation
1952 thru 1959: The tavern becomes a swingin’ nightclub.
1960 thru 1964: The golden years
1965: From Conway Twitty to Bob Dylan
1966 and 1967: British Invasion and Flower Power
1968 & 1969: The first big soul bands, Psychedelia and “Heavy” rock
1970 Thru 1972: The first rock-n-roll revival: Ricky and the Rockets
1973 thru 1976: 18 year olds are legal-Anything Goes!
1977 thru 1980: Disco vs. Rock
1981 & 1982: Shotgun brings the first “New Wave” The Crusers Bring down the cutain
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1981 and 1982:
Shotgun brings the first “New Wave” – The Cruisers bring down the curtain.

Shotgun, Tony Marts 1980s

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.


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 Mart.

Tony Mart’s was sold to Harris and Leo Berman on September 15, 1982.
Lenora - Shotgun, Tony Mart's 1980s

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. 

Fanfare - Tony Marts 1980sJoe, 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.

Alien - Resurrection fo Jim Morrison and the Doors, Tony Marts 1980sAnother 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.

Eddie & The CruisersOne 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.


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