Captain’s Log 2017-07-07: Asbury Park, N.J.


Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 16,116, reflecting a decline of 814 (−4.8%) from the 16,930 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 131 (+0.8%) from the 16,799 counted in the 1990 Census.

It was ranked the sixth-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (wikipedea)





Asbury Park is considered a destination for musicians, particularly a subgenre of rock and roll known as the Jersey Shore sound, which is infused with Rhythm and Blues. It is home to The Stone Pony, founded in 1974, a starting point for many performers. Smaller venues are Asbury Lanes and The Saint, which bring original, live music to the Jersey Shore. Asbury Park Convention Hall holds larger events. (wikipedia)










In 1973 Bruce Springsteen released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. On his follow-up album, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, one of the songs is entitled „4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)“(wikipedia)

Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun
Whoa, but mama that’s where the fun is

Bruce Springsteen, Blinded by the light





Did you hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie
for tellin‘ fortunes better than they do?

Bruce Springsteen, 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)


„Marie Castello (May 25, 1915 – June 27, 2008), who was known as Madam Marie, was an American fortune teller and psychic reader who worked on the Asbury Park, New Jersey, boardwalk from 1932 until 2008. Madam Marie was the longest running tenant on the Asbury Park boardwalk.

Castello was a fixture in Asbury Park for decades, telling fortunes on and off at her tiny booth on the boardwalk which is nicknamed The Temple of Knowledge. She read the fortunes of celebrities ranging from Judy Garland to Bruce Springsteen. According to accounts, Castello reportedly told Springsteen that he would be a huge success. Springsteen later joked that she told all her musician clients the same thing.“ (wikipedia)


And the boys from the casino dance
with their shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore

Bruce Springsteen, 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

Im ehemaligen Casino befindet sich jetzt eine Skaterbahn.



For me, this boardwalk life is through
you ought to quit this scene, too

Bruce Springsteen, 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)



I can hear the organ’s song
but the congregation’s gone

Bruce Springsteen, City of Ruins

In den oberen Etagen befand sich der Upstage Club, in dem Bruce Springsteen die Musiker der späteren E-Street Band kennenlernte.



… and the Big Man joined the band.

Bruce Springsteen, 10th Avenue Freezeout



You sit around getting older,  there’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me
I’ll shake this world off my shoulders, come on baby the laughs on me
Stay on the streets of this town and they’ll be carving you up alright

Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark


I know that it’s getting late
But I don’t want to go home
I am in no hurry baby time can wait
I don’t want to go home
Listen to the man sing his song

Steven van Zandt (performed by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)


On October 5, 2013, the largest gathering of zombies was achieved by the 9,592 participants in New Jersey Zombie Walk at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. (wikipidea)