Harry filkin


I was in Asbury Park last weekend.

It had been a while since I'd been there, actually since my radio days. As you can probably imagine there's a story behind why I was there and here goes...


I worked with a dear friend at CBS, her name is Annmarie Parr. She married another person I worked with, Reid Collins, so her full name actually is Annmarie Parr Collins. I know, I know, TMI, but for this story I use just her maiden name.

She and I hooked up on Facebook. Annmarie posted a video there that her brother Tom had shot of a song by a guy named Harry Filkin.


The song was "Angeline" and I thought it was very good so I shared it on my page. Her other brother, Mark, owns the record label that produced Harry's album, saw the share, and asked me if I would come and be the MC for the CD release.

The album, by the way, is very good.

And that's how I got to be in Asbury Park.

Harry is a legend on the Jersey Shore. We had one of his earlier bands, Cats on a Smooth Surface, on when my station WNEW-FM broadcast live from the Boardwalk.

Kids, the weekend was like a dream. A good one.





New Music Monday with Jim buff

"Man, it just knocked me out!" - Jim Buff

Great album review by legendary DJ Jim Buff on New Music Monday. He played three songs on air this week: Second Chance, Angeline, and Love with All My Heart. 



We Love harry

Coming of age at the Jersey shore was inextricably linked to good music. The older my generation gets, some of our best lifelong memories involve clubs we frequented with our friends, bands we followed, that indelible memory of when Bruce showed up in a local club, our first kiss on the boardwalk… Good times.

Music and the youth scene was so intermingled in the 70s/80s, it’s hard for many aging boomer Jersey shore natives to recall the good old days without some kind of club or bar band experience.

Two of the best cover bands on the Jersey shore from that era, Holme and Cats on a Smooth Surface,* had one cat in common: Harry Filkin. 

Surrounded by fans, family, and friends, Harry released his own original album last month at the famed Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Although he had been writing his own original songs for decades, he confided to me,

“Inside me, I always felt that something was missing. I was not doing that one thing I really wanted to do.”

The new album, Harry Filkin, captures all the love, joy, heartbreak, frustration, and raw energy Harry’s kept bottled up for all these years.