Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Beach Music's S.O.S. Fall Migration & Fun Monday

First, I want to announce the formation of a new Yahoo! Group devoted entirely to Beach Music. Check it out HERE.

Next, in case you missed the S.O.S. (Society of Stranders) Fall Migration recently at North Myrtle Beach, here's a report from the aging disc jockey point of view from Jack Kane, noted deejay from Raleigh, NC's WKIX, an early leader in Top 40 and Beach Music radio in the 1960s.

Jack Kane was an on-the-air guest of Charlie Brown on a remote broadcast from the Ocean Drive Resort in Myrtle Beach and heard live on Oldies and Beach 920 AM WPCM in Burlington on Monday."

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Charlie and I reminisced about the glory days of radio and WKIX. While we were on the air, a couple walked by our table wearing matching T-shirts emblazoned with the WKIX logo. They had purchased them from http://www.cafepres and/979815 - he being 15 years old when he discovered WKIX in 1967 and an avid fan still today.

In addition to myself, Charlie had beach music musicians such as Craig Woolard drop by to chat and to promote as well as the Carpenters who stage CAMMY award show every November in Myrtle Beach.

Following the broadcast, KIX ALUMS Charlie, Sue and I walked over to Main Street in Ocean Drive where 10,000 beach music fans were packed in the barricaded street to celebrate Fun Monday and hear some of the best beach and boogie live music from the top bands in our region. The sound system and "mix" were excellent. It was a perfect afternoon to party - hot and breezy.

SOS Fall Migration and Fun Monday is sponsored annually by the Society of Shaggers and is THE event of the year for Shaggers, SOSers, and plain ol' music lovers. The Craig Woolard Band (CAMMY Band of the Year) performed after backing up legendary blues artist, Deitra Farr from Chicago.

One year before you guys get too old, you should make it to Myrtle Beach for SOS. As the KIX jingle says, 'It's a blast'!

Many thanks to Jack Kane for the report. -- Dalton Hammond

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Quotable Quotes

Help yourself to any of these originals of mine. -- Dalton Hammond

Rap is not music; it is a disease.

The golf swing is a lot like unnatural sex. Both should be effortless.

If President Bush really needs to find some Weapons of Mass Destruction all he has to do is look in my golf bag.

Your mind is a terrible thing to listen to.

Nobody cares about public apathy.


Sunday, September 10, 2006

I Love Beach Music, Part II

The Embers at Virginia Beach

Beach music is a musical genre all to itself, having evolved from a Southern mix of rhythm and blues, doo-wop, boogie woogie, and early rock 'n' roll. It is usually characterized by a light, 4/4 "shag" dance beat.

Recording artists of the 50s and 60s such as The Drifters, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, The Embers, The Temptations, Clifford Curry, Band of Oz, The Tams, The OKaysions, The Platters, Billy Scott, General Johnson and The Showmen, Little Wille John, Bill Deal and the Rhondells and others contributed to the early development of the unique "Beach Music" sound, and disc jockeys of the same period such as "Fessa" John Hook who literally wrote "The Book" on Beach Music, Charlie Brown, and Charlie "Bird" Carawan were essential in the early promotion and popularity of "Carolina Beach Music" as it is sometimes called.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has become the undisputed Mecca for Beach Music and hosts The Carolina Beach Music Association's annual Cammy Beach Music awards each November.

A Yahoo! Beach Music group has recently been created (sorry, Google!) and you're invited to check it out.

The purpose of this forum is to promote Beach Music and to provide an exchange of information about artists, venues, and upcoming events relating to Beach Music.

You are cordially invited to join us.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Dog and Nude Sunbather

Please excuse the nudity. This is so cute I had to share it. -- Dalton Hammond

Dog and nude sunbather

Monday, September 04, 2006

Is Pluto a Planet?

By now you know that the few stragglers who remained at the end of a recent meeting of the International Astronomical Union of astronomers in Prague voted to decide that the that we call Pluto can no longer be considered a real planet. Their rationale is that there are so many more larger, recently discovered rocky bodies lurking around out there in space -- which are usually referred to as "minor planets" -- that it doesn't seem fair to allow Pluto special status.

I maintain that Pluto is a planet because we SAY it is, and that should be good enough. Don't these same astronomers still refer to the beginning of the universe as "The Big Bang" when anyone with a lick of sense knows that you can't hear anything in space?

I further suggest that we should rename The International Astronomical Union to be called "The International Union of Minor Scientists".

-- Your humble savant, Dalton Hammond

08Sep06 PS: I love the way the city fathers in Madison, Wisconsin handled this problem. -- D.H.