Carolina Beach Music Encyclopedia

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About the Book

While rock groups such as the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean defined the beach music of Southern California during the 1960s, a different, R&B influenced sound could be heard along South Carolina’s Grand Strand. Drawing on extensive research and exclusive interviews, this richly illustrated reference work covers the music, songwriters and performers who contributed to the genre of classic Carolina beach music from 1940 to 1980. Detailed entries tell the stories behind nearly 500 classic recordings, with release dates, label information, chart performance and biographical background on more than 200 artists.

About the Author(s)

Rick Simmons was formerly a professor of English at Louisiana Tech University and is the author of five previous books. He lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Rick Simmons
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 330
Bibliographic Info: 215 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6767-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3153-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1
Introduction  5
The Encyclopedia  15
Barbara Acklin 15
Arthur Alexander 16
The Artistics 18
The Astors 19
The Bad Habits 20
Razzy Bailey 21
Lavern Baker 22
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters 23
The Band of Oz 25
Darrell Banks 26
Gene Barbour and the Cavaliers 27
Chris Bartley 29
Fontella Bass 30
William Bell 31
Archie Bell and the Drells 33
The Blenders 34
Bob and Earl 35
Earl Bostic 36
Calvin Boze 37
Bradford & Bell 38
Jan Bradley 39
Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats 41
Buster Brown 42
Maxine Brown 43
Ruth Brown 45
James Brown and the Famous Flames 47
The Buckinghams 48
Solomon Burke 49
Jerry Butler 50
Cannonball 52
The Capitols 53
The Cardinals 54
Carl Carlton 55
Clarence Carter 56
The Catalinas 57
The Chairmen of the Board 59
Gene Chandler 61
Bruce Channel 63
The Checkers 64
Dee Clark 65
Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts 66
Tony Clarke 67
Judy Clay & William Bell 69
The Clovers 70
The Coasters 72
The C.O.D.s 73
Bob Collins and Fabulous Five 74
The Commands 75
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 76
The Corsairs 78
Clifford Curry 79
Tyrone Davis 81
Otis Day and the Knights 81
Bill Deal and the Rhondels 82
Harry Deal and the Galaxies 84
The Delfonics 84
The Dells 85
Varetta Dillard 87
Floyd Dixon 88
Ernie K. Doe 89
Patti Drew 90
The Drifters 92
The Drivers 95
The ­Du-Droppers 96
Champion Jack Dupree 97
Donnie Elbert 98
The Elgins 100
The Embers 101
The Esquires 103
Betty Everett 104
The Falcons 105
The Fantastic Shakers 107
The Fantastics 108
The Fiestas 109
The Five ­Du-Tones 110
The “5” Royales 111
Eddie Floyd 112
Frankie Ford 113
The Formations 114
The Foundations 115
The Four Jacks 116
The Four Tops 117
Little Frankie 119
The Friends of Distinction 121
The Futures 123
Don Gardner and Dee Ford 124
Marvin Gaye 125
Barbara George 126
The Georgia Prophets 128
Jim Gilstrap 131
The Globetrotters 132
Rosco Gordon 133
The Happenings 134
Harmonica Fats 135
Peppermint Harris 136
Wynonie Harris 137
Wilbert Harrison 138
Leon Haywood 140
Bobby Hebb 141
Eddie Holland 142
The Impressions 143
The Intrigues 144
The Intruders 145
The Isley Brothers 146
Paul Jabara 148
Chuck Jackson 149
Deon Jackson 150
J.J. Jackson 151
Millie Jackson 151
Etta James 153
Jimmy James and the Vagabonds 154
Janice 155
Jay and the Techniques 156
Jewell and the Rubies 158
The Jewels 159
The Jive Five 161
Little Willie John 162
Robert John 163
Ben E. King 164
The King Pins 166
Robert Knight 166
Gladys Knight and the Pips 168
Bob Kuban and the ­In-Men 169
The Lamplighters 171
Major Lance 172
Barbara Lewis 173
Jimmy Liggins 174
The Love Committee 175
Carrie Lucas 176
Barbara Lynn 177
The Magic Lanterns 178
The Main Ingredient 179
The Manhattans 180
Martha and the Vandellas 182
The Marvelettes 183
Cash McCall 185
Gene McDaniels 186
Stick McGhee 187
Clyde McPhatter 188
Mel and Tim 189
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes 190
Bob Meyer and the Rivieras 191
Amos Milburn 192
Percy Milem 194
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters 195
The MOB 196
The Monzas 198
Jackie Moore 200
Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces 201
New York City 202
Billy Ocean 204
Lenny ­O’Henry 205
The ­O’Jays 206
The ­O’Kaysions 207
Patty & the Emblems 209
Freda Payne 210
Teddy Pendergrass 211
The Penguins 212
The Platters 213
The Poets 215
Tower of Power 216
Lloyd Price 218
Louis Prima and Keely Smith 219
James & Bobby Purify 220
The Radiants 221
Lou Rawls 223
Jimmy Ricks and the Ravens 224
John Roberts 225
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 226
Rose Colored Glass 227
Jackie Ross 229
Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye 230
David Ruffin 231
Jimmy Ruffin 233
The Sandpebbles 234
The Sanford Townsend Band 235
The Sapphires 236
Boz Scaggs 237
Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson 238
Shades of Blue 240
The Showmen 241
The Skyliners 242
Percy Sledge 243
Soul Inc. 244
The Spaniels 246
Benny Spellman 247
The Spinners 248
The Spiral Starecase 252
Edwin Starr 253
Billy Stewart 254
Sunny and Phyllis 256
The Supremes 258
The Swallows 259
The Swingin’ Medallions 261
The Tams 262
Tavares 266
Gloria Taylor 267
Willie Tee 268
The Tempests 269
The Temptations 270
The Trammps 272
Doris Troy 273
Big Joe Turner 274
The Tymes 276
The Van Dykes 278
The Videos 279
Jr. Walker & the All Stars 280
Billy Ward and the Dominoes 281
Dionne Warwick 283
Dinah Washington 284
Mary Wells 285
The Whispers 287
Wild Cherry 288
Lenny Williams 290
Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs 291
Jackie Wilson 292
The Winstons 294
Robert Winters and Fall 295
Brenton Wood 296
Works Cited  299
Index  305