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Richard Simonsen

A Bradley Beach councilman who owned the McNeely real estate Agency, Simonsen was co-owner of the Student Prince nightclub on Kingsley Street with his father.

In 1971 and 1972, a young Bruce Springsteen played at the club more than 50 times, with the Sundance Blues Band and then the Bruce Springsteen Band.

“Some nights, they only made $50 or $100,” Simonsen told the Asbury Park Press.

It was at the club, in 1971, where Springsteen first met – and jammed with – Clarence Clemons, who was playing down the street at the Wonder Bar with Norman Seldin and the Joyful Noyze.

The club closed down in 1974.