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‘Boardwalk Elvis’ treated like king, gets new bike after crash

(Nov. 1, 2013) Local celebrity Norman Webb, known by many as “Boardwalk Elvis,” walked away from a car crash with a few bruised ribs on Oct. 20, but his electric bike faired far worse.

Norman Webb, front, stands with his new electric bike and the crew at Irie Radio, who ran a campaign to raise the $700 for the bike after Webb’s old ride was destroyed in a car crash. (Clara Vaughn | Ocean City Today)

After local Irie Radio personality DJ Batman (a.k.a. Mike Beatty) read the news on Facebook, he took to the airwaves, raising $700 for a new bike with all the fixings — an extra battery and a $100 gift card to Continental Cycles in West Ocean City for other gear.

“In 25 minutes, we had everything we needed and had to cut it off,” Beatty said. “This town always, always comes through with something like this.”

His relationship with Webb dates back to the 1960s, when the radio personality and his group of friends took the then-budding Boardwalk star under their wings. Over the years, with the help of a boom box and lime green suit, Boardwalk Elvis was born.

“He deserves it (the new bike). He’s given a lot of people pleasure in this town,” Beatty said. “He’s a kind guy. He puts a smile on your face.”

Webb was excited to have a new ride.

“I appreciate what you all did,” he said, loading the bike into his brother’s truck. He plans to ride it once he’s outfitted with a helmet.

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