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Seaside Heights History Footnote #2

Village People, the internationally famous dance music group of the disco era, performed in Seaside Heights on numerous occasions, including a December 9, 1983, performance at Club Hollywood. Were you there? Do you remember “Macho Man,” YMCA,” and “In the Navy?”


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  1. I booked them in the club

    • Can you recall other national acts you booked at any of the Seaside Heights clubs? I’m trying to develop a comprehensive list. Seaside Heights is the spot where Academy Award winning entertainer Joe Pesci performed regularly during the early 1970s in a vaudeville-style act with future Goodfellas and Casino co-star Frank Vincent (who most recently appeared as mob boss Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos). Other performers who are remembered to have made stops in Seaside Heights include Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, Bill Haley & The Comets, The Drifters, Frankie Avalon, bug-eyed veteran nightclub comic Bernie Allen, Tiny Tim, Kool & The Gang, Davey Jones & Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Gary US Bonds, George Carlin, and Bon Jovi among others.

      • The Beau Brummels appeared at the Chatterbox.

      • Mary Wilson from The Supremes sang at the Yakety Yak in late 90 or early 91. James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) was in the Borough for the ALS Walk in the mid-2000’s. He told me he had once worked at Lucky Leo’s.

      • I worked at the Chatterbox 1973-77. Jay & Americans-Gloria Gaynor-Vicki Sue Robinson-The trampps, and of course Lou Caddy and the Panics as well as Ginger. Lottsa action! Dr D

  2. They also performed there in summer of ’83 … the VP were on a decided downswing then! Even at the time – I was 12 – I was into all things pop culture, and the idea of them performing in Seaside Heights at what was a pretty happening club at the time was cool to me. I walked over there, and listened from outside!

    Regarding Bon Jovi – I was at the boardwalk both times they were, but didn’t see them.

    The first time was when they shot the “In and Out of Love” video in the summer of 1985. I was working on a stuffed animal stand in my “Uncle” Mike’s Lucky’s Arcade! My friends were coming up to me with reports.

    They also did a video shoot there in summer of ’88 on Casino Pier – by that point, they were beyond huge, and MAN! the crowds.

    One more 1985 thing – I remember hanging around Lucky’s one night (I always did), when reports came in that “Glenn Scarpelli is on Casino Pier!” He was like Ralph Macchio light.

    Overall, in the ’80s, I don’t think there were too many celebrities hanging around, or gigging. The Chatterbox was featuring cover bands like Sticky Fingers, etc.

    Christopher, great blog, great book! I hope to meet you one time when I’m in town! Saw your dad on Easter!

    Ronnie Albanese


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