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Carolina Beach Music

Sunday, July 17, 2016


July is the perfect time for lazy afternoons on the beach or in a Pawleys Island hammock—preferably sipping "Something Cool"* while reading a delicious Pat Conroy novel with the faint sounds of syncopated beach music in the distance.

The story goes that around 1945, Southern radio wars with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers) triggered station WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee, to start featuring local late night rhythm' n'  blues talent to avoid paying ASCAP royalties. Billboard magazine announced around the same time, “Swing is dead: bands are out and vocalists are in.”

In the very early 1950s rhythm' n' blues vocal groups started showing up in jukeboxes at Carolina beaches, spreading rapidly to juke joints along the boardwalks, with the outcome being a genre of music referred to as beach music.

The beach music 4/4 blues shuffle was called the shag. It has once again become a popular dance for spring break college students and all the folks who spend summer weekends on East coast beaches

Enjoy this summer weekend wherever you are.  

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff

Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music and humanities adds significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole.