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Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, is a regional genre which developed from various musical styles of the forties, fifties and sixties. These styles ranged from big band swing instrumentals to the more raucous sounds of blues/jump blues, jazz, doo-wop, boogie, rhythm and blues, reggae, rockabilly and old-time rock and roll. Beach music is closely associated with the style of swing dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag. Recordings with a 4/4 "blues shuffle" rhythmic structure and moderate-to-fast tempo are the most popular music for the shag, and the vast majority of the music in this genre fits that description. Pat Conroys novel of Jack McCall, a South Carolina native who flees the South with his daughter, Leah, after his wife commits suicide. ... Events and trends Technology First nuclear bomb First cruise missile, the V1 flying bomb and the first ballistic missile, the V-2 rocket First transistor Colossus, the worlds first totally electronic computer. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. ... Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Jump blues is a type of up-tempo blues music influenced by big band sound. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Boogie is swing blues rhythm (Burrows 1995, p. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Swing is a group of related street dances, that evolved from Lindy Hop. ... The Shag is a form of swing dancing that evolved from the jitterbug and jump blues of the big band jazz era and originated at Carolina Beach, North Carolina during the 1940s. ... The riffle Shuffling is a procedure used to randomize a deck of playing cards to provide an element of chance in card games. ...


Early history

A majority of the recordings that constituted and/or influenced beach music early on were originally termed "race music". As popular R&B tastes changed to encompass funk, reggae, disco, hip hop and gangsta rap, the predominantly white beach music enthusiasts have remained more loyal to the "old school" stylings. This has been due primarily to the beat and tempo of the music. African American music (also called black music, formerly known as race music) is an umbrella term given to a range of musical genres emerging from or influenced by the culture of African Americans, who have long constituted a large ethnic minority of the population of the United States. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that was popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s, and which dominated mainstream pop until the late 1970s. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... putang ina. ... The first two measures of Mozarts Sonata XI, which indicates the tempo as Andante grazioso and a modern editors metronome marking: = 120. “Andante” redirects here. ...

Historical accounts of beach music as it relates to the development of this dance are often conflicting, but most agree that the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is where the beach/shag phenomenon had its greatest impact among vacationing teenagers and college students. Ocean Drive is the main throughfare through North Myrtle Beach in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... North Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ...

Socio-political context

Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, white youth in the Jim Crow South could not always hear the compelling music of primarily black R&B artists in their home towns. In some communities, this remained in effect even after racial integration was implemented in the region. However, these young people flocked to the bars and pavilions of the Carolina beaches where the shag was gaining popularity and R&B ruled the jukeboxes, and to the "beach clubs" where R&B artists performed live. President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... The term Jim Crow laws refers to a series of laws enacted mostly in the Southern United States in the later half of the 19th century that restricted most of the new privileges granted to African-Americans after the Civil War. ... This article is 88 kilobytes or more in size. ... Children at a parade in North College Hill, Ohio Racial integration, or simply integration includes desegregation (the process of ending systematic racial segregation). ... A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media. ...

A major contributing influence upon this cross-racial musical affinity was the powerful radio station WLAC in Nashville, TN, which blanketed the Southeast with the gritty, driving sound of jump blues and other forms of R&B. Stations with similar playlists began to emerge in the Carolinas and surrounding states throughout the late fifties and the sixties, increasing the popularity of the music across racial lines and contributing to the increasing popularity of the emerging new gospel-infused R&B sound, soul music. WLAC is a clear channel radio station based in Nashville, Tennessee, operating at 1510 kHz on the AM dial. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...

"Classic Beach"

Artists and groups that were important to the formative years of this genre include: Artie Shaw, Wynonie Harris, Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers, Ruth Brown, Little Willie John, Earl Bostic, The Drifters, Wilbert Harrison, Clyde McPhatter, Billy Ward and The Dominos, Hank Ballard, Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs, The Tams, The 5 Royales, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Jimmy McCracklin, Solomon Burke, Sam Cooke, The Platters, The Four Tops, Louis Prima, Arthur Alexander, Stick McGhee, Jackie Brenston, Willbert Harrison, Big Joe Turner, Bruce Channel, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Dinah Washington, Billy Stewart, The Temptations,The Impressions, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The O'Jays, The Spinners, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Etta James, The Checkers, The Clovers, Barbara Lewis, Don Covay, Jimmy Ricks and The Ravens, Mary Wells, Garnett Mimms and The Enchanters, Ben E. King, Major Lance, Willie Tee and Ernie K-Doe. 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While some of the "beach hits" by these artists appeared on the R&B and rock and roll charts nationally, a great many of them were "b-sides" -- or even more obscure recordings that never charted at all. With this penchant for obscure R&B, especially from the sixties, beach music has much in common with the northern soul phenomenon in the UK. In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... The Verve see A Northern Soul This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Transition and renewal

The "Beach Bands"

Another wave of artists, known today as the "beach bands" came into prominence in the mid sixties to early seventies, heavily influenced by the sound of Motown and the other prominent R&B labels of the day such as Atlantic Records, Stax, etc.. These included The Tassels, Gene Barbour and the Cavaliers, Calvin Lindsay and the Hysterics, The Men of Distinction (Original), The In-Men, Ltd., The Attractions, Cannonball Band, The Embers, The Monzas, The Sardams, The Catalinas and the nationally-charting groups The Pieces of Eight (Original), The Swinging Medallions, The Okaysions, and Bill Deal and the Rhondells. Many of these bands got their start backing the famous R&B/soul artists who played at The Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, The Coachman and Four in Bennettsville SC, The Cellar in Charlotte NC, The Embers Club in Raleigh, NC, Rogues Gallery and Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach, VA and other such venues. Motown Records, Inc. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Streaming API for XML (StAX) is an application programming interface (API) to read and write XML documents in the Java programming language. ... The Tassels were a beach music band from Raleigh, North Carolina, United States started in 1962 by Sonny Coley, the lead singer. ... Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus (born August 25, 1954), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish descent. ... The Embers are an Australian six piece roots-fusion band based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. ... The Monzas, founded in 1962, were the first of several blue-eyed soul or beach music groups to be established in the city of Burlington NC They were followed soon afterwards by such groups as The Weejuns, The Alpacas, The Attractions, The In-Men Ltd. ... The Catalinas are a Carolina Beach music band from the late 1950s. ... Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... Downtown Raleigh as seen from the Boylan St. ... Rogues gallery is a police collection of pictures of criminals and suspects kept for identification purposes. ... Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads area in the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. ...

This wave of primarily white R&B artists was part of a strong but nationally short-lived musical trend known as "blue-eyed soul" which also produced The Rascals, The Box Tops, John Fred, Rare Earth, Leon Russell, Johnny Rivers, Bonnie Bramlett, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, and The Righteous Brothers. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Box Tops were a United States pop music group of the late 1960s. ... John Fred (born John Fred Gourrier, May 8, 1941 – April 14, 2005) was a blue-eyed soul, Cajun swamp pop and bubble-gum pop performer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, best known for the song Judy in Disguise (With Glasses). His group John Fred and the Playboys were formed in 1956... Rare Earth. ... Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. ... Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. ... Bonnie Bramlett (born Bonnie Lynn OFarrell, 11 August 1944, Alton, Illinios), is an American singer known for her distinctive vocals in rock and pop music. ... Mitch Ryder (born 26 February 1945) is an American musician born in Hamtramck, Michigan as William S. Levise Jr. ... The Righteous Brothers The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. ...

The revival years

In the '80s, after decades of waning popularity, Beach music enjoyed a major revival in the Carolinas, thanks largely to the formation of a loose-knit organization known as The Society of Stranders (SOS). Originally intended as a relatively small social gathering of shag enthusiasts, "beach diggers" and former lifeguards meeting yearly in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, S.O.S. quickly grew to become a major Spring event.

At around the same time, a fanzine called "It Will Stand" (from the rock'n'roll/R&B anthem of that name by The Showmen) began to delve deeper into the history of beach music than any publication before or since. Concurrent with the new enthusiasm for the shag, and an increased emphasis on the roots of the music came a period of revival for many of the beach bands that had come to prominence in the sixties. In addition to these groups, younger artists began to emerge, either as members of established groups, or with groups of their own. Dedicated beach music charts began to appear, tracking the musical tastes of shaggers and other aficionados of the genre. The number of regional radio stations playing beach music began to increase substantially. A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular subject for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... The Showmen were a New Orleans-based pop group formed in 1961. ...

In 1981, Virginia entrepreneur John Aragona sponsored the first Beach Music Awards show at the Convention Center in Myrtle Beach. He would sponsor two more shows of this type over the next several years, setting the stage for the CAMMY Awards show, first held at Salisbury, NC in 1995. The shows soon moved to Charlotte and then to Myrtle Beach, where they are still an eagerly-anticipated and well-attended annual event under their new name, The Carolina Beach Music Awards (CBMA).

The Current Regional "Beach & Shag" Scene

Artists Of Note

The best of beach music from the early decades, from both national and regional artists, is known today as "classic beach". However, there is more to beach music than just the "oldies". New recordings in this style are being produced regularly as part of the regional music industry in the Southeastern US. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Current regional artists and groups who appear on the Beach and Shag music charts include General Johnson and The Chairmen of the Board, the Craig Woolard Band, The Coastline Band, The Embers, Billy Scott, The Poor Souls, The Carousels with Tony Baker, The Attractions Band, Donny and Susan Trexler, Lia and The Wave, J.D. Cash, Band of Oz, The Fantastic Shakers, The Memphis All-Stars, Heart and Soul, The Rickey Godfrey Band, The Coppertones, The Mixed Emotions and Sea Cruz. While the terms "beach music" and "Carolina beach music" are still used, the increasing popularity of the shag has led to it sometimes being identified as "shag music". Many web sites have lately begun to refer to this music as "beach & shag". Chairmen of the Board was a Detroit, Michigan based soul music group active in the 1970s. ... The Embers are an Australian six piece roots-fusion band based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. ... The Band of Oz is a prominent band of the beach music genre. ...

This is the music being played by shag deejays in dance clubs, as well as on the "Beach and Oldies" radio stations that exist primarily in the Carolinas. Also charting regionally are such well-known national and international artists as Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Huey Lewis, T. Graham Brown, Simply Red, Wilson Pickett, Hall and Oates, Al Green and Delbert McClinton. In recent years, national artists of note -- such as O.C. Smith, Alabama, Jimmy Buffett, Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, D.K. Davis, and the Carolina's own Nappy Brown and Roy Roberts -- have recorded music specifically aimed at this market. George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), a pioneering American pianist and soul musician who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... . T. Graham Brown (born Anthony Graham Brown) is a country-music singer from Atlanta, Georgia. ... Simply Red are an English pop band. ... Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B/Rock and Roll and soul singer. ... Daryl Hall and John Oates. ... For the Democratic Congressman from Texas and the former head of the Houston NAACP, please see Al Green. ... Delbert McClinton is a blues musician born 4 November 1940, in Lubbock, Texas. ... O.C. Smith (21 June 1932 - November 23, 2001) was a Grammy Award winning musician. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... Nappy Brown was the stage name of Napoleon Brown Culp (born October 12, 1929)[1]. Brown is a gospel-influenced blues singer, whose hits include the 1955 Billboard Chart No 2, Dont Be Angry[2]. His style is readily recognisable; Brown uses a wide vibrato, stutters, melisma and a...

Impact On Popular Culture

Though primarily confined to a small regional fan base, in its early days what is now known as Carolina beach music was instrumental in bringing about wider acceptance of R&B music among the white population nationwide. Thus is was a contributory factor in both the birth of rock and roll and the later development of soul music as a sub-genre of R&B.

In the years since its beginning, while the older styles of R&B have faded from popularity nationally, the Carolina shag has gained wide popularity in swing dance circles around the US. This has not generally led to increased appreciation for the music of the beach bands, however. Many of these new shag dance aficionados prefer the "R&B oldies" and/or shagging to currently popular tunes that happen to have the required beat. As more networking is being done on the Internet among shag deejays and beach music fans nationwide, however, there is a growing acceptance of the regional bands by the "new shaggers".

In a related trend, since the year 2000 there has been a steady increase in the popularity of Southern Soul, led by such R&B labels as Ecko and Malako. These labels feature both original and new artists of "the old school", and sometimes turn out recordings aimed specifically at the beach/shag market. An example of this is "In A Beach Music Mood" by Rick Lawson. In addition, at least one dedicated Beach act, General Johnson and the Chairmen of The Board, has begun to chart both nationally and internationally with their brand of Southern Soul -- sometimes with songs that are not aimed more at the beach and shag market, such as "Three Women". Southern soul is a style of music that falls within the larger soul music and r&b Music genres. ... Marc Eckō Eckō is a brand of urban clothing that has been popular among the subculture since the late 1990s, but has moved into the mainstream during the early 2000s. ...

Jimmy Buffett cites beach music as a major influence. His CD "Beach House On The Moon" was intended as an homage to the genre. Though it featured The Tams, and for a while they toured with him as vocalists, the CD did not yield any tunes that were big hits with beach music fans. However, it may have been influential in popular country music. Since that release, there have been others by artists associated with Buffett that have had that "perfect shag beat" and a beach music feel to them. Some have become hits with shaggers, including "Drift Away" and "Follow Me" by Uncle Kracker, "Some Beach" by Blake Shelton and "When The Sun Goes Down" by Kenny Chesney. Just as was the case with "Dancing, Shagging On The Boulevard" by Alabama in the nineties, these country-flavored songs went over well on the dance floor regionally but did not please the more R&B oriented beach music fans. They did, however, impact the growing national shag dance scene to some degree. Uncle Kracker (born Matthew Shafer, June 6, 1974, in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American rock, country, and rap-rock musician. ... Some Beach is a single by American country music singer Blake Shelton that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for four weeks. ... Blake Shelton (born June 18, 1976) is an American country music singer. ... Kenny Chesney (born Kenneth Arnold Chesney, March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer. ...

In addition to these country and pop connections for the music, the pure R&B aspects of it have led to a kind of cultural cross-fertilization of beach and shag music with the northern soul scene in the UK and elsewhere. This has been due in large part to communication between deejays of the respective genres on the Internet. 'Fessa John Hook's Endless Summer Network, streamed on the Internet, has a weekly program featuring noted northern soul deejay Kev Roberts, and there are plans for its programming to also be carried on satellite radio in Europe.

Carolina beach music was featured on the sound track of Shag, a 1989 film starring Bridget Fonda and Phoebe Cates, filmed in part at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion and other Grand Strand locations. Though not a wholly accurate portrayal, it is an agreeable and entertaining "coming of age" movie, with a good soundtrack and some excellent shagging. Not widely popular in its initial release, Shag has gone on to become something of a cult film. No doubt it has helped to foster and maintain some interest beyond the Carolinas for beach and shag music. Shag is a 1989 film starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. ... Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-award nominated American actress. ... Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High Phoebe Cates (born Phoebe Belle Katz on July 16, 1963 in New York City, New York) is an American film actress best known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High. ... The Myrtle Beach Pavilion was an amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ... The Grand Strand is a popular tourist destination in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of South Carolina and extreme southeastern North Carolina. ...

In what is undoubtedly the most internationally famous example of its influence, Beach Music by South Carolina writer Pat Conroy takes its title from this regional genre of music. The novel's protagonist, Jack McCall, seeks to get his daughter more in touch with her Southern roots. He does this by introducing her to the shag and to classic beach music. He describes The Drifters' immortal song, "Save the Last Dance For Me" in this way: Pat Conroys novel of Jack McCall, a South Carolina native who flees the South with his daughter, Leah, after his wife commits suicide. ... Pat Conroy (born October 26, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a New York Times bestselling author who has written such acclaimed works as The Lords of Discipline, Beach Music, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide, The Boo, My Losing Season, and Conroys stories have... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ...

"This is your Mama's and my favorite song. We fell in love dancing to it."

Then: "Carolina beach music," her uncle Dupree tells her, "is the holiest sound on earth."

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