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Come Celebrate Captain Tony Days August 8-9, 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 | Permalink

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Come celebrate the life of Captain Tony Tarracino at this year’s Captain Tony Days. This year we will have trivia events, live music and an exclusive viewing of “Captain Tony Years”, the movie. Don’t miss this incredible documentary of Captain Tony as seen through his eyes. It’s a must see!

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Don Middlebrook tribute to Capt. Tony Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Conch Republic Seafood Co.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Permalink

Don Middlebrook

Key West and the late ‘Captain Tony’ Tarracino are shared inspiration for Michigan-based songwriter Don Middlebrook who will perform Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Conch Republic Seafood Co.

A musical “toast” to Captain Tony will be held there Thursday, Nov. 1, starting at 6 p.m., shared with friends and family of the colorful Tarracino.  He was a former Key West mayor, charterboat fisherman and saloonkeeper who was always encouraging to young musicians.

Middlebrook’s song “Goodbye to Captain Tony,” a musical link to the annual Captain Tony Days celebration held on the island in August, has recently been added to Pandora Radio’s rotation.

That song is on his “Beach Bar Serenade” CD, which is also well known to fans of Jimmy Buffett known nationwide as “Parrotheads,” and others known as “Trop Rockers.”   Middlebrook wrote the song after Tarracino died in 2008 at the age of 92.

For his Nov. 1 “toast to Captain Tony, “ the singer-musician said he hopes locals and visitors will be able to share in “Capt. Tony” stories. “With all the Parrotheads in town, this is a perfect time to toast the legend and learn more about this annual event,” Middlebrook said, referring to Captain Tony Days 2013, scheduled Aug. 1-3.  He himself is a member of the Key West Parrothead Club.

He recalls, “Captain Tony had the wonderful ability to make visitors feel like neighbors.  Some ten years ago Captain Tony called me and said he was coming to Detroit for a Jimmy Buffett show; he asked me if I would join him.  I was flattered, and reminded that this legend was a legend because he was so real.”

Middlebrook’s song about Capt. Tony can be heard at the web-site  “Don writes songs about things that matter,
said Tarracino’s widow Marty.

In addition to the addition of the song to Pandora Radio’s rotation, Middlebrook, who has been coming to Key West for more than 20 years, also has a song “Advice from an Old Sailor” that he said is slated to be picked up by the Discovery Channel for a 2013 documentary.

Another new song he has just released is “Big Thunder,” a tribute to the racers of the powerboat by that name who were lost at the 2011 races off Key West.   Starting Oct. 18, his web-site,, will make those new songs, with a third, “Beach Life,” available for free downloads for a “limited time offer” thank-you.

Captain Tony Tarracino

Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Permalink

Captain Tony

“I went down to Captain Tony’s to get out of the heat….” Who is this “Captain Tony” Jimmy Buffett immortalizes in his famous hit, The Last Mango in Paris? Key West’s and your, and our, own Capt. Tony Tarracino, that’s who!

Captain Tony- what a great life and legacy. From his humble beginnings in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to his even more humble arrival in Key West on a milk truck from Miami in 1946, Capt Tony lived life to its fullest and made countless friends around the world for himself, his family, and for his adopted home, Key West.

On this piece of coral and sand called Key West where he lived for over 60 years, Anthony “Captain Tony” Tarracino was a fisherman, charter captain extraordinare (his famous shark catch is in the Smithsonian), owner of the renowned Captain Tony’s Saloon, city mayor, and friend of literary masters Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Shel Silverstein among countless others and best of all, a wonderful husband and father to all of his wives and children. He has been the subject of feature films, songs and books. He appeared on national television more times than anyone can count.

Buy Captain Tony Years the Movie Oct 30th!

Captain Tony Years, the Movie, will be released on DVD on October 30th. Get your copy today of this amazing documentary of the one and only Captain Tony.


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