‘On the Way to Cape May,’ Cozy Morley

Cozy Marley, in an undated publicity photo.

Cozy Morley, in an undated publicity photo.

“On the Way to Cape May”: lots of people are now going in that direction, on this warm late-May afternoon. If this were 50 years ago, there’s a good chance they would hear this South Jersey standard played live by a nightclub band at some point during their stay down there. These days, admittedly, that’s probably a bit of a long shot. But the sweet, sentimental “On the Way to Cape May,” about a love affair that blossoms on a trip through various towns in Cape May County, remains one of the all-time-great Jersey songs. Here’s a swinging version by the late North Wildwood club owner Cozy Morley.

New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.

If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.

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