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John Shaw

Drummer Shaw was one of the founders of the Jaywalkers, the most popular band on the Jersey Shore in the early to mid-1960s. Mostly playing Top 40 covers, the band also played some original tunes, like Love at First Sight, Can’t Live Without You, Summer’s Coming and Wild Surfer’s Call. They were a mainstay at clubs like the Candy Cane Lounge, Mrs. Jay’s, Steve Brody’s and Big Bill’s on Springwood Avenue, and also played up and down the Shore, at Tony Marts in Somers Point and Groh’s in Belmar.

The band provided a steady income for a large group of musicians who played stints with the Jaywalkers, including Buzzy Lubinsky, Little Steven Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, David Sancious, Leon Trent, Nicky Addeo, Billy Ryan and Ray Dahrouge.

In 1964, the Jaywalkers performed at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City, with members of other bands – including Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals – sitting in.