1. Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes 2. Carolina Girls - General Johnson & the Chairmen of the Board 3. I Love Beach Music - Embers 4. Ms. Grace - Tymes 5. Summertime's Calling Me - Catalinas 6. Stay - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs 7. My Girl - Temptations 8. Cool Me Out - Lamont Dozier 9. Under The Boardwalk - Drifters 10. Myrtle Beach Days - Fantastic Shakers 11. Brenda - O.C. Smith 12. One Mint Julep - Clovers 13. It Will Stand - Showmen 14. Rainy Day Bells - Globetrotters 15. Lady Soul - Temptations 16. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy - Tams 17. You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book - Drifters 18. Hey Baby - Bruce Channel 19. With This Ring - Platters 20. Nip Sip - Clovers 21. Party Time Man - Futures 22. Club Savoy - Rockin' Louie & The Mamma Jammers 23. Thank You John - Willie Tee 24. Think - The "5" Royales 25. (I'm Just Thinking About) Cooling Out - Jerry Butler 26. My Guy - Mary Wells 27. Come Get To This - Marvin Gaye 28. You Bring Out The Boogie In Me - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee 29. Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis 30. 39-21-46 - Showmen 31. Green Eyes - Ravens 32. It Ain't No Big Thing - Radiants 33. Work With Me Annie - Midnighters 34. Anna - Arthur Alexander 35. Don't Drop It - Wilbert Harrison 36. It's All Right - Impressions 37. Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Four Tops 38. Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris 39. I Got The Fever - Prophets 40. Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody - Louis Prima 41. Safronia B - Calvin Boze 42. Going Back To Louisiana - Delbert McClinton 43. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart - Coasters 44. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers 45. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye 46. You're So Fine - Falcons 47. Searchin' - Coasters 48. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Stick McGhee 49. The Entertainer - Tony Clarke 50. Lipstick Traces - Benny Spellman 51. She Shot A Hole In My Soul - Clifford Curry 52. Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairmen Of The Board 53. Just One Look - Doris Troy 54. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson 55. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) - Tams 56. I Need Your Loving - Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford 57. Easy Comin' Out (Hard Goin' In) - William Bell 58. Girl Watcher - O'Kaysions 59. White Cliffs Of Dover - Checkers 60. Annie Had A Baby - Midnighters 61. I Do Love You - Billy Stewart 62. A Quiet Place - Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters 63. Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies - Drifters 64. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Four Tops 65. Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On - Gloria Hardiman 66. Something Old, Something New - Fantastics 67. It Started With A Kiss - Hot Chocolate 68. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison 69. Shakin' The Shack - Fantastic Shakers 70. I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy - Lamplighters 71. Walking Up A One Way Street - Willie Tee 72. Surely I Love You - Rosco Gordon 73. Kidnapper - Jewell & the Rubies 74. More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Starecase 75. Across The Street - Lenny O'Henry 76. Mercy Mr. Percy - Varetta Dillard 77. Jamie - Eddie Holland 78. I Got Loaded - Peppermint Harris 79. Hold Back The Night - Trammps 80. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - Swingin' Medallions 81. Wee Baby Blues - Joe Turner 82. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson 83. That's Summertime To Me - Dale Van Horn 84. Rub A Little Boogie - Champion Jack Dupree 85. Flamingo - Earl Bostic 86. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown 87. Smoky Places - Corsairs 88. Cry To Me - Solomon Burke 89. I Love You 1,000 Times - Platters 90. Searching For My Love - Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces 91. Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn 92. May I - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs 93. I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - Four Tops 94. Would You Believe - Tempests 95. Candy - Astors 96. The Last Of The Good Rocking Men - Four Jacks 97. I'm Gonna Miss You - Artistics 98. Ocean Boulevard - Band Of Oz 99. Love Makes The World Go Round - Deon Jackson 100. Bless Your Heart - General Johnson & the Chairmen
Beach Music is extremely popular in the Carolinas, as far north as Virginia and as far south as northern Florida. It has nothing to do with surf music or the Beach Boys or California. It is mainly R&B music with a beat that is good for doing a dance called "The Shag." Very simply stated, the Shag is a slowed down jitterbug with a few fancy steps, but it was danced slightly different depending on your location in the Southeast. Basically a "perfect" song to "Shag" to is 120 beats per minute.
Beach Music was born after World War II and evolved from two different sources. It was a combination of the black big band sound (i.e. Tiny Bradshaw, Todd Rhodes, Lucky Millinder, Paul Williams, etc.) and the country blues of the South. The juke boxes at the beaches of the Carolinas were instrumental in exposing the young people to the "new" sound. Most of the Juke Boxes in the clubs down by the beaches (in the Black AND White venues) were stocked with many of the same records. The white kids found this new music fresh and addictive and a new dance (The Shag) was created around the early R&B sound.
White kids could "HEAR" the music of the late 40's & early 50's on the black radio stations in the large cities in the Carolinas. Also a major force was 50,000 Watt WLAC from Nashville, which broadcast R&B at night for over 30 years. The problem was that, because of the segregated society at that time, the white kids could not "celebrate" this music in their hometowns. The Carolina kids escaped to the beach, away from their parents, preachers & teachers, to party, drink & dance to their beloved music.
Beach Music has evolved over the years and is still going strong today 60 years later in the Southeast. Although most of the music on this list is over 40 years old, Beach Music is truly a timeless culture. In the southeast Beach Music is popular with people of all ages, from 8 to 80.