Like yourself, I also used to be a mobile DJ and still vividly recall picking up the promotional copies of the 12 inch versions every Wednesday in South Miami, right next to the South Miami Police Department. I do not recall you specifically....perhaps if I saw you......but I do remember some smart-mouthed, short Italian kid from New York/New Jersey named Gary something.....who was seen DJ'ing at the Wreck Bar every so often. I recall sneaking in there underage.....not too hard to do. Do you know the Gary for whom I speak?
Drove to Fla. Feb 1975 from NYC during a ragging blizzard, took 29 hrs but the 6 of us made it! brought our hockey sticks and played some deck hockey in the Castaway parking lot. We must have had 200 spectators a sight at the time totally uncommon in Fla! What a great place to hang out!!
lots of people found true love during those days, if even for just one night - but oh what a night it was!!
I am from lansing mich. & one nite me & my bro.blue & solomon bond was in ft. laudale on buiness & it was sol 1st time in florida & he told we we are so close to miami i just want to go see what it look like, so we took him there & we end up at the the castway & we parted all nite, i will never forget that night, this was in the late 70
The Wreck bar will always hold wonderful memories for me....before returning home to NYC I was in the club grooving to georgie porgy & the crybabies with the love of my life none other than Miami's own Deborah Lee Rosen.
Miami in the 60's into the 70's.........still held a modicum of innocence for two young lovers...........times seared into my conscience.
fell in love with a girl from bryn ny year was july1969 her name was linda but didnot find out untill last day that she was engaged i was shocked she called me when she got home to tell me she broke up and wanted to be with me guilt set in and i cound not go do that to her x boyfriend never heard from her again i am now 65 and will always wonder about her
Ahhh... The Wreak Bar... yes it had round windows by the bar that one could see into a pool bottom to watch the girls swim around. As a kid when the family stayed in the summers (around mid 70's) my cousins and I use to sneak in and look around till we got kicked out. Then we head out to the indoor pool to cool down... the frozen tundra one!
I, n the 60's my husband had a band Benny Bailey
and the Blue Notes, they would play the beach, FtLauderdale, and North Bay Village. In August
of 1967 Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for the Monkees at MB convention Center, needless to say he
was not given a warm welcome from the Monkee fans,
He made his way to the Wreck Bar, sat in with the
band and at closing went with them to overtown to the Harlem Sqare. There was a blonde photographer with him, she was very nice. I believe it was Linda
Eastman, later McCartney.
MY NAME IS JERRY AND I WAS THE DJ AT THE WRECK BAR YES I WAS A MOBILE DJ BUT I PLAYED GREAT MUSIC OK.. I BELONGED TO BO CRANES RECORD POOL AT THE TIME.AFTER I ALSO PLAYED AT TIFFINYS 194 AND COLLINS
AND AT THE TRADEWINDS AT NORTH MIAMI I STILL HAVE ALL MY MUSIC FROM BACK THEN
Castaways super8 photogramme from the early 1960s
This place was a tourist rap. If you turned on the radio in MIAMI in the early to mid seventies, you heard an advertisement for The CASTAWAYS. Over-hyped, watered down drinks that cost five bucks more then anywhere else. It could only be called a DISCO because it had what they called a deejay and a sound system. In fact, I think it was a MOBLIE deejay who set up shop in the middle of a maze that was the lobby. It was a maze because there were little"Islands" that held tables in the middle of a man-made pool like area that was The CASTAWAYS. Few locals patronized this place, it was 97 per-cent TOURISTS! I remember its final few years, on Saturday nights there would be a dozen people. It is now a CONDOMINIUM on Collins Avenue and 163rd street.
Lots of publicity, lots of tourists, lame Club. A 3 on the scale.
I use to hang out at the castaways and the wreckbar i think it was spelled that way, I still have two shaker can's from the wreckbar at home in miami, this was an interesting bar, if I am not mistaken it was either under water or part under water.