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Fat Harold's Announces Opening Date
Tuesday, April 06 2021

On April 6, 2021 big news for shaggers and Beach Music fans came in the form of a Facebook post from Lulu Quick-Rigsby. The post read: "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 🤓🤓🤓...As I’ve been saying the minute I find out the SAVE THE would be the first to know. Get those calendars out and dust off your shoes...The House The Fat Man Built will open the doors on Thursday, April 22nd at 4pm. I’m so excited, I’m shaking in my shoes"

At the time of this article, the post on the Fat Harold's Facebook page had been shared 285 times and followers of the page were commenting in celebration of the announcement. The club closed it's doors on March 18, 2020 by orders of the Governor of South Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we're so happy to see they're going to be able to re-open the doors in just a couple of weeks. Be sure to head over to their Facebook page and follow them for club updates.


Inside The Music with Craig Fleming
Tuesday, April 06 2021

There's a new feature on BeachMusic45 that features Craig Fleming. His first article titled "Inside the Music" was released on April 5, 2021 and it focused on all of the music released thus far in 2021. Craig said he "will be providing various content which will probably vary from month to month. My main focus will be providing information on new music being released into the market, but I don't want to lock myself into a particular category of information. I simply want to provide content that is relevant and promotes this music we all love! This first edition of Inside The Music is dedicated to the memory of three of my greatest supporters of this website: Neal "Soul Dog" Furr, Paul Craver, and Bobby Simmons. I know these dear friends of mine are grooving together in Beach Music heaven! I would love to be a part of that party!"

This is great news and we're looking foward to reading the articles and if you'd like to read his first edition, you can view on their website. Congratulations to Craig and what a great job Pat and Robin have done with the recent upgrades on the website.

Update on Johnny Hopkins
Saturday, April 03 2021

We have great news to pass along about North Tower member Johnny  Hopkins. On Saturday, April 3, 2021 Larry Dean shared the following: "To all of our North Tower friends and Johnny Hopkins friends I’m happy to report that Johnny returned home from the hospital today.I’m glad to see that big smile.Keep Johnny in your prayers as he continues his recovery. In the immortal words of Chuck Berry “Go Johnny go go go”

We'll continue to keep Johnny in our prayers here at Flip Flop Live as will so many others. Such great news on Easter weekend!


To all of our North Tower friends and Johnny Hopkins friends I’m happy to report that Johnny returned home from the...

Posted by Larry Dean on Saturday, 3 April 2021
FAB New Single Release - 3/31/2021 at 7PM
Tuesday, March 30 2021

The Feature Attraction Band's newest original release can be heard right here, March 31, 2021 at 7:00PM and on our YouTube channel.

The new single was written by FAB front man Gregg Browder and was recorded in 2020 at Cape Fear Studio in Wilmington, North Carolina by JK Loftin. The song will be available on all of your favorite music streaming platforms in the next week to two weeks and the band advised the song will be distributed starting tonight to your favorite DJs so be sure to call and request the new single. We'd like to thank FAB for asking us to release the video and song for them and we wish you guys nothing but the best.


Dustin Ahkuoi to appear on PBS
Sunday, March 21 2021

Dustin Ahkuoi and his father, Issy AhKuoi will appear on a PBS children's program called "Classroom Connection" where they will sing several songs together. Of course we all know Dustin from the Band of Oz but we also enjoy the Facebook live videos of him and Issy performing various songs many times from their home or backyard. The PBS special will air, Monday, March 22, 2021 and Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 9:00AM on UNC-TV and it can be streamed from their website.

Dustin's original post reads:
Tomorrow and Tuesday at 9AM Issy AhKuoi and I will be on a PBS Children’s program called Classroom Connection playing several songs together. Thanks to David Huppert and the UNC-TV crew for inviting us to be a part of this!  Dad and I will be singing a couple Samoan songs, a family original and a couple covers.
Catch us live at 9AM on Monday/Tuesday 3/22 and 3/23 or set your DVR! I believe you can also stream it live on the PBS website.

Holiday Band Adds New Member
Wednesday, March 17 2021

In a Facebook post on March 17, 2021, the Holiday Band announced the addition of their newest member, Vic Wheeler. Their post read: "Please welcome Vic Wheeler to The Holiday Band!!! After attending Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, Vic began his music career playing gigs on the west coast. After retuning to the east coast, Vic and his wife Kathy worked out of Orlando Fla and toured the southeast for many years. After returning to North Carolina, Vic has played with several well known regional bands including The Breeze Band and The Entertainers. Vic is a talented guitarist and singer and The Holiday Band is excited to have him be a part of our family!"

We look forward to attending an upcoming show and meeting Vic.


Updated / Rescheduled SOS Dates
Tuesday, March 16 2021

The updated 2021 SOS and ACSC workshop dates were shared by Vickie Gilreath Harrison on the Society of Stranders Facebook group on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Those dates include:

June 19, 2021 through June 26, 2021
SOS Spring Safari Rescheduled
(No ACSC Meeting)

Summer Workshop Cancelled

Sept. 16, 2021 through Sept. 26, 2021
SOS Fall Migration

A message from ACSC Chairmen Robin Morley was also shared by the Northern Virginia Shag Club on their Facebook page along with a note from the ACSC Secretary Becky Berry that we've included below.

𝗔 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗔𝗖𝗦𝗖 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻 - 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗲𝘆
Welcome Spring and ACSC Presidents,
Spring is upon us with flowers blooming and some warm temperatures. It is welcome relief for all of us. I have had the pleasure of speaking to so many of you. I want to share just a few ideas and suggestions as we all prepare for days ahead. Reading your newsletters has been such a delight for me. It truly brings excitement in planning for future events. A few ideas and suggestions:
When contacting your dance venues, please ask about what guidelines they are following concerning Covid-19. Let us all remember that the confidence level of our membership is crucial. If perhaps you have lost your venue to dance appoint a committee to help you search your options. I do believe that folks are ready to be involved in the rebuilding process.Use the great resource we all have and that is outdoors. People feel confident outdoors while trying to social distance etc. Many clubs are doing members only parties initially. Great ideas in building confidence and your members will share with prospective members the guidelines that you are following.
Communication has been one topic that we have stressed over the last year. It is your responsibility to your membership. Let us never forget that your membership puts their trust and faith in you, board members and officers. This is another good idea of having a communication committee of selected people. Many clubs have zoom board meetings and one club is having a zoom anniversary party. I genuinely think this is a great idea and folks are signing up.
It's C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N TIME!
We all have seen on our SOS FB Page the term used, SOS Strong! Our organizations partner together to make your experience safe and enjoyable. Our SOS dates are June 19-26th, 2021. Wanda Cavin, our SOS Secretary, shared that we have many shag clubs with 2020 SOS cards. The 2020 card is good only thru Dec.31, 2021. Please send your data to Wanda Cavin 134 Venus Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117. Her email is and phone is 704.528.3330. Please contact Wanda is you need additional cards. Please send club checks to SOS P.O. Box 4456, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597.
In closing, again we must partner together to start our rebuilding, growth and preservation of the Carolina Shag, SOS and ACSC.
Please feel free to contact me with concerns and suggestions.
Robin Morley, ACSC Chairman,, 828.443.5995
𝗔 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗔𝗖𝗦𝗖 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 - 𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗸𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘆
Are you a new President for your club?? If you have not updated your ONLINE "Shag Club Update Form" please go to the SOS Official Website and follow the directions under the President's Tab. Once you submit your club's updated information, the website sends to all Officers who need your information.
Also, Is your club celebrating a special Club Anniversary in 2021? The ACSC recognizes these special milestone anniversaries, in 5 year increments, with a beautiful certificate honoring your club's achievement. Please send your completed request to Becky. The Anniversary Certificate Form can be found ONLINE under the President's Corner.
Jim Quick Announcement
Wednesday, March 10 2021

Jim Quick announced he will be doing something special on his YouTube channel tomorrow (Thursday, March 11,  2021). The specific time was not announced but Jim asks that you head over to his YouTube channel and subscribe. We've included his original video below if you'd like to watch! During his Facebook live he also mentions the new "Swamp Soul" syndicated radio show launching this year, his podcast, a new cookbook and a possible reality TV show. Check it out below!


New DJ with Beach Waves Radio
Tuesday, March 09 2021

During the Beach Waves Radio Kickoff party held March 6, 2021 at R&R Brewing in Mount Olive, North Carolina they announced the addition of a new DJ to their network. Help them welcome DJ Willie T for his debut show on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 8:00PM. Every Sunday you'll be able to join him "On the Boat Dock with Willie T" from 8-10PM and listen on their mobile app and their website. We'd like to officially welcome Willie to the Beach Waves family and we're looking forward to enjoying your show. You have a great group of guys to work with on Beach Waves!

About Willie:
"Growing up in the Sandhills of NC I got my first taste of Beach Music listening to The Chairmen of The Board, The Embers, Band of Oz and many others. I got my first start in radio in 1979 in Laurinburg, NC at WLNC where I met the late great Dale Van Horn and ended up touring with his group, Ocean Drive Band, for a year or so before the band broke up. After working various jobs I felt I needed a real career and joined and spent 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in 2007 as a Chief Warrant Officer. That brought me to the Northern Virginia area where in 2011 I started DJ'ing again in the Beach Music scene. In 2013 I was voted into the Association of Beach and Shag Club Deejays (ABSCDJ) and have been DJ'ing ever since for the Battlefield Boogie Club in Fredericksburg, VA and Northern Virginia Shag Club in Fairfax, VA. I am so proud to be a member of Beach Waves Radio and look forward to seeing you every Sunday night from 8-10PM "On The Boat Dock with Willie T"!

Offical Facebook Post from Beach Waves


New Music from Cat5
Saturday, March 06 2021

Cat5 just announced they will be releasing new music around April 1, 2021. We're looking forward to hearing it and we'll be sure to keep you posted on any updates the band announces. Be sure to visit their website and head over to the Facebook and other social media accounts and be sure to follow or like their page. You can read the band's announcement below:

The band's original post: 
All the tracks including Vocals have been recorded for our Upcoming #Cat5live studio release. Be expecting New Music from Cat5 around the 1st of April and no this is no April fools joke. Tracks where recorded at Vision Sound Studios which is run by two of the best in the industry. Spook Joyner and John Joyner. The Song was written by Hit Songwriter Buddy Owens who has written songs recorded by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert among others. We will be giving out more information as the time gets closer. But the icing on the cake is this, The song, "The Beach and the Boulevard" was the last recorded song by Hugh 'Tuff' Blanton right before he passed away. So this song is very special to all the members of the band and Tuff loved this song the very first time I played it for him. And we hope you do too. Be watching for the updates on #socialmedia as we prepare for for the launch of The Beach and the Boulevard.


New Music from the Marsha Morgan Band
Friday, March 05 2021

The Marsha Morgan Band has relased a new single "Buzz Me Baby" and it was released earlier this evneing LIVE on RipTide Radio with Ray Scott's deck party at Deckerz. Go ahead and call or message your favorite DJs and stations and request it and don't forget to head over to the band's Facebook page and be sure to like and follow them.

Beach Music 45 Update
Wednesday, March 03 2021

Beach Music 45 launched a redesigned website on Monday, March 1, 2021. If you're not familiar with their platform their description says it best, "The Smokin' 45 chart is one of the most respected compilations in the beach music industry. DJs who play beach music for radio and internet audiences as well as DJs who play the music in clubs and other venues contribute their top 20 songs each month. The DJ charts are used to compile the monthly top 45 songs in beach music. Pat Patterson continues the chart compilation after Craig Fleming's many years of dedication to" Be sure to head over and check out the website and check back for the regular updates. Visit their website!

Their current list of contributing DJs are:

  • Brian Brewer
  • Curtiss Treece
  • Eldridge Meeler
  • Eric Bowman
  • Gailes Stuckey
  • Greg Howell
  • Gerry Scott
  • Jerry English
  • Jim Skinner
  • Johnny Draper
  • Larry Calhoun
  • Michael Sherrill
  • Mike Brooks
  • Mitch Harb
  • Randy Kinsolving
  • Steve Lusk
  • Wayne Bennett

If you're a DJ and you play Beach Music on the radio, internet, in a club or event and you'd be interested in becoming a contributing DJ, you can email them here.

Deb Browning Releases Song and Video
Wednesday, March 03 2021

, Deb Browning released her new song and video on February 28, 2021during a Facebook Live event hosted by Eric Bowman. The song is titled "Stop Messin' With My Man" and we've included the live event video and the video premiere for you below. Be sure to call your favorite Beach Music dj and request the song and according to Deb's Facebook page, the "song is now available to download ANYWHERE you buy your music!"


New Music from the Catalinas
Tuesday, March 02 2021

The Catalinas announced they will be releasing two songs, Saturday, March 6, 2021 and the songs will be included on an upcoming CD. "Working on a Groovy Thing" and "Keep on Pushing Love".  You'll want to call or message your favorite DJs and stations and request the new music. Be sure to head over to their Facebook page as they release more information and be sure to visit their website.

2021 CBMA Awards and Weekend
Monday, March 01 2021

The Carolina Beach Music Academy sent out a newsletter on March 1, 2021 talking about the 2021 CBMA awards show and weekend in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina later this year. Be sure to take note of the changes with the membership mentioned below in the newsletter.



CBMA Newsletter - March 1, 2021


2021 CBMA's

News & Info


Welcome to 2021!!


We hope this will be a better year for us all and things will start getting back to normal!


***This email is long but please take time to read as new guidelines for membership are explained!!


First off, A big thank you to those that joined the 2020 CBMA Academy and Nominated and Voted for your Favorites!. Last years show was definitely different and I hope we don't have to do that again this year. I would like to thank my staff along with 94.9 The Surf for making the 2020 CBMA Awards take place and congratulations to all the Nominees and Winners!!


Thanks to my staff of Sharon, Charles, Chaz, Peanut, Dana & Rick for helping get the awards to the winners and posting everything. Also to Mike Worley, Chad Sain, Larry Sprinkle, Jim Shafer, Jim Morgan & Bo Gilbert for handling things on the Surfs end to make it happen. And most of all to Hayes Jewelers of Lexington, NC (Bruce, Zack & Staff) for making sure we had something to give our winners with all the pandemic restrictions that were in place and to 94.9 The Surf.


The 2021 CBMA Weekend and show is planned for November 11th-14th, 2021

Plans are in the works to come back with a bang and have a great time bringing the Best of Carolina Beach Music back to a live audience!!


If you had ordered tickets for the 2020 CBMA Show at the Alabama Theatre and did not ask for a refund, then your tickets are still good for the 2021 Show if you did not have them printed. If you did have them printed, you can take those by the Theatre and they will exchange them for 2021 Show tickets in the same seats. If you have not gotten your tickets then you need to order them quickly as they will go fast for the good seats as we have had hundreds of emails asking about this years show dates so they could order their tickets. This email is to let you know they are on sale as of today!!


You can call the Alabama Theatre at 800-342-2262 now to order your tickets or click the link below to order online.


Click Here to order Tickets!!


Don't forget to ask about the discounts for ordering Christmas or Theatre Show tickets at the same time. You can save 30% on tickets!!


Renew Your Membership!!


It's time to renew your membership in the CBMA Academy!!


There have been some changes in the Academy Membership structure!


Click Here to download New Guidelines!!


After many years of being asked by the fans and Industry, we have now implemented some changes to the CBMA Academy Structure. Explanation Below! Please read!



As far as the Bands & Industry, There are no changes other than the prices of membership. Your membership now includes some perks explained on the Application.


for Industry and Band application Click Here


As far as supporters and fans of the Carolina Beach Music Industry, the changes are as follows.


There are now 2 Levels to each CBMA Membership.


If you plan to "Attend" the CBMA Weekend in November then you will want to join the CBMA as an

"Academy Member"


This Membership will include your Weekend Pass for all the Club Activities for Friday, Saturday & Sunday Nights including the Industry Awards and the Hayes Jewelers After Party on Sunday after the Awards Show at the Alabama Theatre at a substantial discount to normal Weekend Pass prices. (With "Academy" membership, WE Pass cost is only $35pp, Even cheaper if joining as a couple. Regular price is $50pp)


There are 2 Levels to this membership,


Level 1 is for the person or couple that wants to attend the weekend but also to "Nominate and Vote" for their favorites for the

2021 Awards!!


Level 2 is for the person or couple that wants to attend the weekend but "Vote only" for their favorites.


Your Membership Card will serve as your Weekend Pass just like the SOS card serves as your pass for SOS Clubs.



If you plan "Not to Attend" the CBMA Weekend in November then you will want to join the CBMA as an


"Associate Member"


**This is basically the way you have joined in the past. You will still be able to Nominate and Vote depending on the Level you join but your membership card is different and will not be observed as a Weekend Pass!!


There are 2 Levels to this membership,


Level 1 is for the person or couple that wants to "Nominate and Vote" for their favorites for the 2021 Awards!!


Level 2 is for the person or couple that wants to "Vote only" for their favorites.


*If you decide to come to the CBMA Weekend, you can purchase the Weekend Pass a discounted rate with your 2021 Membership Card but it will not be the deal you get above by joining as a "Academy Member!!"


Applications for Membership Click Here



Support your favorite Artists, Bands, DJ's, Venues, etc.... by Joining the

Carolina Beach Music Academy!!!

Click Here

**Updated** Prayers for Johnny Hopkins
Monday, March 01 2021
Update March 9, 2021 from North Tower
We just received more encouraging news regarding Johnny and his recovery. He is scheduled to go to Wake Med Rehab this afternoon. A note from Enda and
Johnny: “Thanks everyone for the prayers and well wishes. I know that helped.” We in his North Tower family would like to second that “thanks” and ask you to continue praying for his complete healing.

Update March 7, 2021 from North Tower
We received a very good report regarding Johnny Hopkins today. We’re happy to report that he is making progress, has started therapy and his prognosis is good. We appreciate all of the prayers for Johnny, Edna and their family. We ask that you to continue praying and sending well wishes. Edna said he’s enjoyed the texts and cards. Let’s face it....everybody loves Johnny. We sure do and I can assure each of you that Johnny feels the same about each of you.

Original Post March 1, 2021
Our prayers go out to Johnny Hopkins his family and the North Tower family. Tonight the band made the following post:

"We’d like to let everyone know that our brotherJohnny Hopkins suffered a stroke yesterday. He’s at Rex Hospital and is currently in ICU. We don’t have a lot of details at this point but are asking for prayers for Johnny, Edna and the family. Edna asked that we post this because she knows that so many people love Johnny. We will update this as we have additional information. That you all for the prayers and well wishes."


2021 Beach Music Deejay HOF Inductions
Friday, February 26 2021
Larry Edwards, Chairmen of the Beach Music Deejay Hall of Fame announced the following on the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJs Facebook page earlier today.

"The 2021 Beach Music Deejay Hall Of Fame inductions will be held Saturday, Feb. 27th at 11AM in the lobby of the OD Resort Hotel. All are welcome to attend. We also plan to have a public ceremony at Fat Harold’s Beach Club during the Fall 2021 SOS event at North Myrtle Beach."

2021 Regular Hall of Fame inductees:
Claude Collins and Brent Rhyne

Honorary inductees:
Jim Bowers and Hayes Jewelers
ABSCDJs Announcement
Thursday, February 11 2021
From Larry Edwards - Beach Music Deejay Hall of Fame

Congratulations are in order to Brent Rhyne of Myrtle Beach, SC and Claude Collins of North Myrtle Beach on their election to the Regular Beach Music Deejay Hall of Fame this year.
Also congratulations to Jim Bowers of Charleston, SC and Hayes Jewelers of Lexington, NC on being elected to the Honorary Beach Music Deejay Hall of Fame. All will be inducted at Fat Harold’s Beach Club during the next major shag event here in North Myrtle Beach.
Thanks to DJ Hall of Fame members Eddie Anderson and Jim Rose along with H.G. Worley, Jr. who assisted in the voting process.
Larry Edwards
Chairman, Beach Music Deejay Hall of Fame

Lake Life Live Announces 2021 Lineup
Sunday, January 31 2021

Lake Life Live Concert Series announced their 2021 lineup last night on the Saturday Night House Party with DJ Andy Lucy on Flip Flop Live Radio. Dale Hite joined Andy to release the anticipated entertainment schedule that will kickoff in May in Virginia's online lakeside town in Clarksville, Virginia. If you're interested in attending, we have all of the details available for you here on Flip Flop Live. We'd like to thank Lake Life Live for including us as they do each and every year and we're so proud to be a sponsor of such a great event. They were nominated in 2020 for the "Concert Series of the Year" by the Carolina Beach Music Academy.

2021 Lineup

May 1, 2021
North Tower

June 5, 2021
Feature Attraction Band
The Konnection

July 3, 2021
Band of Oz

August 7, 2021

September 5, 2021
JB & the Get Down Browns
The Embers feat. Craig Woolard

October 2, 2021

Community Mourns the loss of Hugh
Wednesday, January 27 2021

This evening we learned of the passing of Hugh "Chuck" Williams from Newport News, Virginia. According to the information we've received, he passed away at 7:17PM on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. On any given night you'd find Chuck performing with the Fat Ammons Band or the Rhondels up and down the east coast. On his Facebook page on the about me section he wrote: " I can't seem to quit this music stuff. I wish things would pick up though. The less I gig the more I have to practice."

His friends have shared memories including Jay Kinlaw who said: "Rest in Heavenly Peace Hugh 'Chuck' Williams! Sax player for Fat Ammons' Band andThe Rhondels for many, many years!!! Super talented and incredibly funny!!! Old times spent with him, Edgar Justus, Curtis Swisher, Lee and Don Quisenberry are washing over me as I type this!!! Fly high, Sax Man!!"

Jim Stoudemire also commenting: "I just learned tonight of the passing of a good friend. Chuck Williams and I worked together in Fat Ammons Band from 2001-2003 though he was there a much longer time. He was a very talented musician, performer and writer. A lot of sax players do the "two horns at a time thing" but Chuck did it in such a rhythmic way that it stood above what anyone else did. I'll miss seeing and hearing him play but I'll also miss the stories and history. Many times when I would ask a question he would answer with something like "yeah, that's how I learned to play sax upside down on a trapeze!" Along with Fat Ammons Band, Chuck played several years with blues guitarist, Albert Collins as well as The Rhondels. His talent and his friendship will surely be missed! Thinking of Denise and hoping she finds comfort in the coming times."

We'd like to extend our sincere condolences to Denise as well as his family and friends during this time. We've included a couple of videos below of Chuck that we found and if we're made aware of his obituary, we will be sure to update this page with that information.



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