In 1987 Paul Smith and his wife Anita bought a house on the boardwalk of Point Pleasant Beach that was in shambles. Smith had retired as Chairman of Columbia Records’ Columbia records music distribution division, and he was a big fan of another Chairman – the one known as The Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. It took a year for the house to be refurbished, but from the day he moved in Smith began playing the music of Frank Sinatra 24/7 except for the weekends that he was away (photo and background from Jersey Shore Uncovered by Peter Genovese, Rutgers University Press 2003). His property soon took on a new identity as The Sinatra House to passersby on foot.
Paul Smith passed away in 2002, but a sign on the porch bears his name. As in his day, The Sinatra House plays Frank 24/7 during the summer season, but these days is silent when the season passes. It is a beautiful fall weekend and the Shore’s sun and waves still beckon. Soon the chill will shut virtually all the stores down, but for now the thermometer is kind enough to push a bit of summer’s weekend leisure into the fall.
Martells Tiki Bar on this November weekend provides Dr. Cheeko as a pleasant surprise. We look forward to seeing The Man in his Phillies’ gear or his Flyers jersey and hat. The music is very fine, but a visit to Martells is incomplete without Oma’s Sippy Cup, otherwise known as a 20 oz. Vodka and OJ. The summer isn’t endless but this weekend, on Point Pleasant Beach, its feeling is prolonged.