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  • AKA: Stormin' Norman Seldin
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Sceneroller, Norman Seldin
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Biographical Notes

From Asbury Park West Side Vocal Groups: 

One of the key figures in Jersey Shore music was, and still is, Stormin’ Norman Seldin. Seldin, who is white, was raised in Red Bank, NJ, and began taking formal piano lessons at the age of three. While trained in Classical music, Norman soon took an interest in R&B. By the time he was 14, he was sneaking out of the house at night to visit the clubs on Springwood Avenue, the black section of Asbury Park. “On Springwood Avenue,” said Norman, “They would always let me into the clubs. I was a little kid but I didn’t drink anyway,” said Norman. “They used to give me a special, a Coke with cherry juice and a cherry. At Big Bills or the Orchid Lounge, that’s what they gave me.” From there, Norman started his own band. Becoming friends with many of the black musicians, Norman could hire a horn section for $20 a man. He began managing other acts at the age of 14 or 15. “I started managing groups when everybody saw I had a black band and called me up,” said Norman. “They came to my father’s jewelry store in Red Bank and said, ‘I’ve got a group.’ So I started auditioning them in the front room. My father came home and saw 12 black guys on the carpet and I’m pounding on the piano and they’re singing stuff like the Student’s ‘My Vow To You’. He said, ‘What the hell is going on in this place?’ I said, ‘I’m going to manage them.” He said, ’Manage? You’re not old enough to sign a check!’”

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