Big Danny Gallagher


Troubadour Big Danny Gallagher was a gentle giant, an imposing presence at 6 feet 6 inches tall, more than 400 pounds, with his flowing red hair and beard, he was a staple of the Jersey Shore music scene for decades, Danny fronted bands like Big Danny and the Boppers and the Lost Leader Band.

A bouncer at the legendary Upstage Club on Cookman Avenue, Big Danny served briefly as a roadie for Bruce Springsteen, who lived with him for awhile in Asbury Park in the early ‘70s.

Big Danny was a member of Springsteen’s short-lived band, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, famously playing Monopoly onstage while the band played (although in later years, Danny said they were actually playing craps on a Monopoly board).