...there were no bells ringing or people singing "Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na...."
Born around 1962 as the new "Bridle Path," in 1974 Tony Galgano, Skip Schmedes and Richie Murphy formed the first of their many partnerships in the retail liquor trade and re-opened the place as Wilson's Garage, a name which had caught Richie's attention in the then contemporary Robert Redford version of "The Great Gatsby."
It was the first of a number of successful and otherwise bar/club ventures the trio undertook based on the premise that the extraordinarily handsome Skip would draw the girls (and where the girls go...), Richie, a three year starter at forward for the Holy Cross basketball team whose sports celebrity would draw police and firemen, and Tony, who had the retail liquor experience to keep the place running.
Wilson's Garage was successful from the jump, and wildly so when they added The Fabulous Greaseband as a Wednesday night attraction1, and as a Sunday evening2 staple, Alive 'N Kickin' who parlayed a 1970 hit, "Tighter & Tighter" (#7 on the charts) into a 40+ year career as a popular club band.
Much later on... can't pin-point the exact date... it was decided that Wilson's was out and a new identity was needed, thus was Casey's Dance Hall & Saloon launched, and while it had it's moments, it never quite caught on the way its predecessor had.
But then, Club Marakesh and Scarlett's were gone as well, along with the '70s and '80s!
Long live Wilson's and Casey's! We almost certainly won't see its like again.
Saw the "Wicked Wilson Pickett" at Wilson's. He and his band played the hits and then went across the street hung with Mr Patterson. Unfortunatly his play list was too short and the night at Wilson's ended way before "the Midnight Hour."
...never. Legend has it that he scored 999 points in his college career, one short of the sacred 1,000 point mark.
The actual legend is that there was a girl with an early mini-skirt in the third row behind the basket when Murph was shooting the front end of an one-and-one in the fourth quarter of his final game, and....