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THE TUBE BAR Jersey City New Jersey

The Tube Bar.

FEATURING

Louis "Red" Deutsch


HOMETOWN

Jersey City, New Jersey


TAVERN

The Tube Bar
Journal Square
Jersey City
New Jersey


ALSO

Deutsch on Wikipedia

The Tube Bar on Wikipedia


DESCRIPTION

"The Tube Bar" features telephone calls placed to the Tube Bar in Journal Square, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.


THE TUBE BAR cassette
THE TUBE BAR vinyl LP
THE TUBE BAR compact disc
UNREST, band, Mark Robinson, Phil Krauth, Dave Park, Tube Bar, Jersey City, New Jersey

Phil, Dave, Mark [L to R]
of the band UNREST
in front of The Tube Bar, 1988
Photo by Terry Tolkin?


BIOGRAPHY OF RED

Louis "Red" Deutsch (September 16, 1895 - September 11, 1983) was a heavyweight boxer and later the owner of the "Tube Bar," a tavern in Journal Square, Jersey City, New Jersey that he started in 1933 after the repeal of Prohibition. The bar, named for its address of 12 Tube Concourse, near the PATH subway station (colloquially known as "the tubes") , became a popular watering hole, especially with Deutsch's fellow boxers. According to Jim Davidson, Deutsch was known as "The Tough Jew" by police who frequented his bar. Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano was known to drink at the Tube Bar, and a photo of him and Deutsch at the bar is widely circulated among Deutsch's fans.

BIOGRAPHY
Deutsch was drafted during World War I; he served two years and eight months in the service but was never sent overseas (probably because he was deaf in one ear). He became a minor celebrity around New Jersey for his unorthodox methods of running his bar: there were no barstools, only one bathroom, women were forbidden to enter until the late 1970s, and anyone caught not drinking was subject to be beaten by Red and ejected by force. However according to Jim Davidson, as stated in an interview with Howard Stern, this was only partially true.

Red, at 6 feet 2 inches and over 200 pounds, was still an imposing physical presence even in his 80s and was famous for his unusual voice, described by one person as "a deep, guttural bark." He was also known for his charitable giving. Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin wrote about Red in a 1974 column, adding to Red's already legendary status. Deutsch sold the Tube Bar in 1980, and retired to Pompano Beach, Florida, where he died three years later at the age of 87.

THE TELEPHONE CALLS
Deutsch is still known today for his profanity-filled tirades in response to a series of prank calls placed in the mid-1970s to his bar. The recordings of these calls were widely circulated in the 1980s and 1990s. The character of barkeeper Moe Szyslak on television's The Simpsons is said to be based on Deutsch.

The pranksters behind the phone calls are purportedly Jim Davidson and John Elmo. Although they initially said that they had picked the Tube Bar at random out of a phone book, they later admitted that they had passed by the bar several times as high school students, and had developed a long standing fascination with Red ever since they saw him beat a loitering drunk - literally hurling him through the front door of the bar by the seat of his pants and the collar of his shirt.

Some of the early phone calls involved getting Deutsch to unwittingly call out a name that was actually an embarrassing pun such as "Phil Lacio", "Jim Nasium",or "Pepe Roni". Initially the gullible Deutsch would fall for the gags, but later Deutsch began catching on to his tormentors, and would then invariably launch into a cursing tirade. He would say very insulting things about their mothers, and would threaten to mutilate them. The callers would also sometimes insult Deutsch to further infuriate him. The callers later escalated their assault on Deutsch, repeatedly challenging him to fight (but never showing). In another call, Davidson took on the characteristic voice of another of Red's bartenders, calling Red at home to tell him the bar was on fire. This was initially recorded as a series of calls, however while intoxicated one night they accidentally erased all but the last call.

Despite Deutsch's claim that he knew the identities of his tormentors, he never did, and after several months of telephoning Deutsch the pair moved on to other targets. Unbeknownst to Elmo and Davidson, the tapes they had made of their calls to Deutsch were beginning to circulate among their friends and friends of friends, becoming an underground sensation.

- Wikipedia

DISCOGRAPHY


ALBUMS

The Tube Bar [cassette]
The Tube Bar [vinyl LP]
The Tube Bar [compac disc]