Sammy Boyd was the epitome of the Asbury Park music and leisure scene.
Sammy, a promoter and restaurateur was a very good buddy of mine who handed away this week on the age of 75. His ardour and love for the revitalization of Asbury Park was effectively famous as he served on many committees and boards to supervise the great modifications which are taking place to the bustling Jersey music capital.
His love for music and good leisure was evident from his bringing top-tier music and leisure acts to Asbury Park. Music legends like Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli, Gary US Bonds, Southside Johnny, The Weeklings Denny Laine from Wings, Tommy James, Leslie West from Mountain Felix Cavaliere from the Rascals and Pat Guadagno, simply to call a couple of.
I had the dignity and pleasure of internet hosting lots of Sammy’s exhibits. It was at all times nice seeing him and his large traditional smile backstage at all times remaining cool even in the course of minor chaos and issues that at all times occur when selling a present.
Sammy was at all times the primary to step up when requested to assist these in want. When Hurricane Sandy hit, Sammy lent his expertise roster and time to place collectively a number of exhibits to boost monies for these hardest hit from the devastating harm.
His presence and time was at all times welcome at The Lakehouse Academy in Asbury Park, which gives underprivileged youth music classes and expertise in coping with the music trade.
He was on the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and would assist arrange the pre and post-events to boost cash for the parade.
It was at all times a good time with Sammy. I notably loved heading with him and his enterprise affiliate Judi and often band members and others to Kim Marie’s in Asbury Park after a present, sharing a chunk, cocktails and nice laughs.
He supported me once I did my TV present in Asbury Park, would cease by exhibits that I hosted that he wasn’t straight concerned with as a result of he loved the music and leisure.
He opened Marusco’s Tomato Pies in Asbury Park, a fantastic pizza place that was voted finest pizza in Asbury Park in 2021. I used to be on one in all my diets and I used to be doing a broadcast of my present and he introduced over a big pie. After all, my food regimen went out the window and my workers loved the particular deal with that Sammy introduced over.
Sammy was beneficiant together with his time, loved supporting native New Jersey artists and was really a legend within the enterprise. I’m honored to have identified him. To his stunning spouse Eileen, his household, buddies and Judi from Sammy Boyd Leisure you all have my sympathy and thanks for sharing Sammy with the remainder of us.
The publish above displays the ideas and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Huge Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Huge Joe’s personal.