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Up and down the Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Florida, when you hear someone refer to beach music, they're not referring to Jan & Dean or The Beach Boys. There in the land of the dance known as The Shag, swinging R&B and buoyant soul are what they merrily groove to. The 25 classics in this anthology have reigned as genuine beach music favorites for decades.
Beach Music is uptempo, good-time pop-soul--in other words, it's party music. Appropriately, its name was received through its constant presence at parties on the Atlantic coast. The partiers christened these pop/rock and soul songs "Beach Music" because these were the records they played on the beach. Beach Music is high-energy pop and soul with a driving beat.
Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, is a regional genre which developed from various musical styles of the forties, fifties and sixties. These styles ranged from big band swing instrumentals to the more raucous sounds of blues/jump blues, jazz, doo-wop, boogie, rhythm and blues, reggae, rockabilly and old-time rock and roll. Beach music is closely associated with the style of swing dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag, which is also the official state dance of both North Carolina and South Carolina. Recordings with a 4/4 "blues shuffle" rhythmic structure and moderate-to-fast tempo are the most popular music for the shag, and the vast majority of the music in this genre fits that description.
A majority of the recordings that ...