A Bradley Beach councilman who owned the McNeely real estate Agency, Simonsen was co-owner of the Student Prince nightclub on Kingsley Street with his father.
In 1971 and 1972, a young Bruce Springsteen played at the club more than 50 times, with the Sundance Blues Band and then the Bruce Springsteen Band.
“Some nights, they only made $50 or $100,” Simonsen told the Asbury Park Press.
It was at the club, in 1971, where Springsteen first met – and jammed with – Clarence Clemons, who was playing down the street at the Wonder Bar with Norman Seldin and the Joyful Noyze.
The club closed down in 1974.