Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tito Mambo and the Messiahs of Soul
I love reading these posts on the Somers Point Clubs. I was the sax player for Tito Mambo & the Messiahs of Soul. We worked in the mid 60's at both Bayshores & the Dunes. As with the other posters here, I remember those times as some of the best. Great life for a young guy. Played every night/after hours/wknd afternoon sessions. Weight trained with bouncer Guy Borelli from Bayshores, Slept on the beach, ate lunch at the College Grill, & worked. Our band consisted of Tito/Vocals, BJ Stone/B3, Dick Sequino/Guitar, Paul Nunes/Drums, & Diz Lee & Saul Shocket/Tenor Saxes. This group was loaded with talent & it was an honor to work with them, especially Diz.
Saul Selitetrng If anyone out there remembers any of these names, please feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
While Tito Mambo was a little before my time, he was described as one of the most eccentric performers to ever play the Point by everyone who saw him.
The legendary Vince Rennich, former Bay Shores bartender, said that Tito Mambo was one of the first hippies and actually before his time, dressed with long hair and looked like Jesus Christ. He even did a Jesus Chris act by trying to walk on water once, and also was carried into the bar in a coffin and rose from the dead.
At the end of one summer he bought, at discount, one of the convertibles used to ride Miss Americas down the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Kurt Loder recalled him and actually mentioned him in a story in Rolling Stone sometime in the late 70s or early 80s. Kurt told me how he got a phone call from Tito Mambo, who said he was in a motel in the desert somewhere in the Southwest.
I had also heard that he had done time for murder, and died after he got out of jail.
Maybe Saul can fill us in on what became of Tito Mambo after he left Bay Shores and Somers Point.