Goodness. Having summered for several years as a kid in Virginia Beach, I was even more aware of the Beach Music bands than I might've been otherwise, but hadn't thought of them for years. Remarkable how regional styles will persist, such as go-go in DC, whether or not they have support elsewhere...
I knew them from "Give Me Just A Little More Time," had no idea they continued as a regional beach band.The obit said Johnson won a grammy for writing Clarence Carter's hit "Patches." Coincidently, not long ago on the TV show "Pawn Stars" a lawyer was trying to pawn that very grammy. Rick Harrison claimed to have never heard the song and, because the grammy did not have a "big" name on it, declined to buy it.
Wow. If I'd ever wanted to watch PAWN STARS, that dissuades me.Beach music is a kind of bouncy soul music, sort of the other side of Motown from Stax/Volt grittiness. Most perpetuated in the North Carolina/Tidewater Virginia shore communities.
He also wrote the Honeycones' WANT ADS and Frieda Payne's BRING THE BOYS HOME. Fine music.
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