The Chicken Shack Show

THE CHICKEN SHACK was an early 50s WESC radio show in Greenville. According to legndary DJ Wally Mullinax in his book, Tall Tales, High Towers, much of their Greenville S.C. R&B music schedule was scooped from the jukebox action in Atlantic Beach, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle. “We listened to the teens to learn their jive…


Two Number Ones on the Same Street

During the 1980s two beach music giants, both Carolina born and both with #1 hits, lived on the same street in Charlotte. Maurice Williams of the Zodiacs (Stay #1 1960) and Wilbert Harrison (Kansas City #1959). What’s the odds of that? Sent in by Harry Turner, friends of both these gentlemen and author of “This Magic…


Willie Tee

What beach music legend accepted a position in 2005 at Princeton University music department? It was WILLIE TEE…Teasing You, Walking Up a One-Way Street and Thank You John. That Willie Tee. Now called Professor Willie Tee.


Mambo Mania

MAMBO MANIA hit big in 1954. Prez Prado’s Mambo No 5 gave the dance worldwide sizzle which gave birth to several mambo titles. Ruth Brown cut Mambo Baby. Rosemary Clooney did Mambo Italiano. Earl Bostic saxed Mombolino and Perry Como crooned Papa Loves Mambo to #4. Even jazz bebop titans like Charlie Parker and Erroll Garner were infected with latin rhythms. And Duke Ellington…


Reverend Hand Jive

Roy “Good Rockin” Brown died young. But his funeral was a hip happening. Johnny Otis, better known at the time as REVEREND HAND JIVE, presided over the rockin funeral.  


Roy Brown

Very few chitlin circuit acts out-rocked ROY “Good Rockin Tonight” BROWN. According to Preston Lauderbach “Roy sweated through 4 suits an hour. And as the cash rolled in, Roy bought a Caddy limo for the band, a Ford van for instruments, a station wagon for wives and girlfriends and a Fleetwood for himself.” Check out Roy’s Mighty…


Havana Moon

HAVANA MOON might’ve been Chuck Berry’s slowest and sexiest song. Using a witty Jamaican patois and sultry ballad lyrics it was a favorite of some of the dirty shaggers during the 50s at the Myrtle Beach pavilion. And Rubberlegs was the dirtiest of them all. Arrested every Saturday night for “dirty dancin” this was his favorite…


Guitar Advice

GUITAR ADVICE is sometimes cheap, sometime generic. Tennessee cotton picker, Carl “Blue Suede Shoes” Perkins learned on a jackleg cigar box and broomstick. It was said Perkins got his first pickin advice and learned his first chords from an elderly black man he picked cotton with. “Lean your head down to that guitar. Get close to…


Mississippi Delta

They call that northwestern chunk of the state the MISSISSIPPI DELTA. That flood plain tween the Yazoo and the Mississippi bred the longest rice, the sweetest sugar cane, the tallest cotton, bird-size mosquitos and bluesmen by the gut-bucket full. Charley Patton, Son House, JL Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King, Bo Carter, Howling Wolf, and Robert Johnson….


Little Bitty Pretty One

An airborne jitterbug, fast shag of the 50s was LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE by Thurston Harris. Written and first recorded by Bobby Day, Thurston knocked it off almost exactly and sang it to a hit. The next year Frankie Lymon covered it. Then Clyde McPhatter, then the Jackson Five, Huey Lewis and the Doobie Brothers took a whack…