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Step It Up and GoThe Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk$
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David Menconi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469659350

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659350.001.0001

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Breaking Color Lines at the Beach

Breaking Color Lines at the Beach

The Embers and Beach Music

(p.111) 7 Breaking Color Lines at the Beach
Step It Up and Go

David Menconi

University of North Carolina Press

In the decades after World War II, a subculture of beach music emerged in segregated, Jim Crw coastal resort towns in North and South Carolina, when vacationing white kids would sneak across the tracks to the nightclubs in the “colored” parts of town to listen to R&B songs from jukeboxes and deejays. A style of dance called “shagging” emerged to go with it, and those kids took it off to college, where a generation of R&B bands including The Drifters, The Coasters, “5” Royales and many others played the campus frat-house circuit. When those white kids started forming bands, too, The Embers emerged as the greatest of the latterday beach bands.

Keywords:   Beach music, Clyde McPhatter, Jim Crow, Segregate, Shagging, The Drifters, The Embers

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