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Maurice Scott and his society band. Metropolitan Hotel c. 1950's. Blogfinger file photo courtesy of the Scott family. © Maurice Scott and his society band. Metropolitan Hotel c. 1960’s. Blogfinger file photo courtesy of the Scott family. ©  Hotel photographer unknown.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger

Most hotels in resort areas such as Asbury Park and the Borscht Belt (Catskill Mountains) had their own bands because ballroom dancing was popular in that era and because guest entertainers needed backup. Maurice Scott, a highly regarded New York bandleader and trumpet player, worked with the biggest names in entertainment in Manhattan, but in the summer he would perform at the Metropolitan, a well known hotel in A. Park, which was torn down about six years ago after being closed for a number of years.

He and his family stayed in the hotel all summer, and the life of a musician there was very good.  They played music at night, often backing up well known singers and dance teams.  During the day they enjoyed the amenities of the hotel.  Maurice also was a fine singer and master of ceremonies. His trumpet playing was remarkable, with a big sound reminiscent of Harry James.

And, speaking of memories, don’t forget “Stardust Memories” a film by Woody Allen shot in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.

Here’s a link to the 2011 Blogfinger post about that film. Photos from the video by Paul Goldfinger.

 

Stardust Memories Blogfinger post 2016

VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS  with “Stardust”    The trumpet solo sounds like Maurice Scott in his prime.  This version is from the film soundtrack “The Aviator.”

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Asbury Park. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Asbury Park. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

TONY BENNETT  from his album  “From Now On.”

 

 

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In  1934, an Ocean Liner (SS Morro Castle), was traveling from Havana to New York  when it caught fire and beached on the shores of Asbury Park. There were 137 deaths.

A handful of survivors washed  up at the Zombie Walk in Asbury Park (October 2013)

Paul Goldfinger photo. Asbury Park Zombie Walk, 2013. ©

Paul Goldfinger photo. Asbury Park Zombie Walk, 2013. © Click to enlarge.

 

 

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT     From the soundtrack of The Aviator:

 

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The Oceanic Inn on Kingsley Avenue in Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The Oceanic Inn on Kingsley Avenue in Asbury Park.  2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

2015 Re-post:     The Oceanic Inn is considered to be the least expensive place to stay in A.Park.  It is one block from the ocean and is near the Stone Pony and the Asbury Lanes.  Will throwbacks like this be kept alive as Asbury rolls into the 21st century?   How is that possible? It is prime real estate, but it also has value as an authentic piece of history in a unique Jersey Shore town.  Which value will society allow to prevail?

I guess we know.  After all, they tore down the Palace Amusements and dismantled the Carousel.*

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

February, 2022;  We have learned from the Coaster that the Inn will be torn down and replaced by condominiums. Only the memories will be left.

 

PLAYER:

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Asbury Park, NJ. March 11, 2015. By Bob Bowné. ©Special to Blogfinger.

Asbury Park, NJ. March 11, 2015. By Bob Bowné. ©Special to Blogfinger.

 

 

The Empress Hotel near the ocean in Asbury Park dates back to the 1960’s.  It was brought back to life and is now a centerpiece in the revived AP.  It is currently  (2015) undergoing a “spring spruce-up”

 

From the Empress web site.

From the Empress web site.

THE CROWS

 

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Wesley Lake is almost frozen solid this morning, Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015. By Bob Bowné, special to Blogfinger. © Wesley Lake is almost frozen solid this morning, Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015. By Bob Bowné, special to Blogfinger. ©. Asbury Park, N.J.

 

 

SHERRILL MILNES.  “Bella figlia deli’amoré”   (Verdi’s  Rigoletto)  From the soundtrack of the film “Quartet”

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Back from A. Park to OG  (speaking of mission bells)—it’s a less publicized theme.   Paul Goldfinger photo. © 2017.

 

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL   (with George Strait)  Celebrating the music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.  “South of the Border”

 

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A. Park near the Asbury Hotel. July, 2016. Blogfinger photo. ©

“WELCOME ALL— ALL YEAR ROUND.”     A. Park near the Asbury Hotel. July, 2016. Blogfinger photo. ©  Click to make the vision larger.

THE STYLISTICS:

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Portrait of a Zombie. Asbury Park, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Portrait of a Zombie. Asbury Park.  By Paul Goldfinger  ©  Blogfinger.net

 

 

BEE GEES:

 

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Bridge across Wesley Lake looking south. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Bridge across Wesley Lake.  Ocean Grove, NJ.   By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

 

Theme from the movie:  The Bridges of Madison Country  written by Clint Eastwood.

 

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