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Beach music icon General Johnson dead
The State ^ | Oct. 14, 2010 | Steven Brown

Posted on 10/14/2010 5:53:25 PM PDT by mcjordansc

General Norman Johnson, lead singer of the popular beach music trio Chairmen of the Board, died Wednesday. He was 67. "It saddens me to announce the passing of our friend and hero General Johnson," wrote singer Ken Knox, a member of the band, on their Facebook page. "He held a special place in his heart for each and everyone of you. His music will live on."

Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/10/14/1513359/beach-music-icon-general-johnson.html#ixzz12NqRZqNZ

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: generaljohnson
This is a sad for beach music fans. My wife and I have enjoyed the Chairmen of the Board many time. RIP General Johnson.
1 posted on 10/14/2010 5:53:31 PM PDT by mcjordansc
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To: mcjordansc

Never heard of them ... and I grew up surfing in Santa Cruz.


2 posted on 10/14/2010 5:59:02 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: mcjordansc

Give me just a little more time ....


3 posted on 10/14/2010 5:59:08 PM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: mcjordansc

I remember the band Chairman of the Board from the 80s.

I’m sure the heavens are enjoying General Johnson’s tunes.


4 posted on 10/14/2010 5:59:55 PM PDT by Padams
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To: Free America52

That was their song? What does that have to do with beach music?


5 posted on 10/14/2010 5:59:55 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: mcjordansc

RIP.


6 posted on 10/14/2010 6:04:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: whitedog57

They played East Coast beach music. Some of the best beach music in the country comes from Myrtle Beach. Good old shagging music. RIP Gen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgkO7XGUJyA


7 posted on 10/14/2010 6:04:50 PM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: whitedog57

RIP

“You’re more than a number...”


8 posted on 10/14/2010 6:06:03 PM PDT by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: whitedog57
“Beach Music” is a form of rhythm and blues made famous in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It has no relation to surf music made famous in California by the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, etc.
9 posted on 10/14/2010 6:06:10 PM PDT by MBB1984
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To: mcjordansc

He’s Catchin the WestBound #9 in the sky


10 posted on 10/14/2010 6:11:51 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: whitedog57

Neither have I, but I’m going to remember him by taking my 7’6” pumpkin seed out tomorrow AM.


11 posted on 10/14/2010 6:15:51 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: whitedog57

Beach music is part of the culture in the Southeastern US. Generally black bands playing for white kids. It started in the 50’s and 60’s and has continued to this day. I attended the first ever Emerald Isle Beach Music festival as a college sophmore in 1979 with a Bud in one hand and girl in another.


12 posted on 10/14/2010 6:20:25 PM PDT by Pamlico (Oppose 0bama at every opportunity)
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To: mcjordansc

13 posted on 10/14/2010 6:20:46 PM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: mcjordansc

I guess the Man Upstairs couldn’t give him just a little more time, but he sure gave us some great musical memories. RIP General.


14 posted on 10/14/2010 6:23:37 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: mcjordansc

“Give me just a little more time”

Music to shag by.


15 posted on 10/14/2010 6:31:16 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: whitedog57

Hey!

I grew up surfing in Santa Cruz too

and I never heard of him also!!!


16 posted on 10/14/2010 6:35:49 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: whitedog57

Different culture and different music entirely. This is east coast, really more southeastern, centered on the Carolina coast, with Myrtle Beach as the mecca. Very distinct sound with very distinct dance moves. The “Shag,” (yes we know what it means in England) is basically a modified form of the Jitterbug.

If you encounter the movie “Shag,” rent it. A little on the sappy side, sort of a chick flick, but people do love it, a great slice of life about the era and the music. A very young, very beautiful Phoebe Cates was something else, along with Bridget Fonda and a few other early-career notables. The original soundtrack is great, despite a few out-of-place covers, and decent covers at that, but it’s not quite the same.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shag_(1989_film)


17 posted on 10/14/2010 6:35:57 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: All

Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2uQyP-I2VI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-DLql54cZc


18 posted on 10/14/2010 6:39:15 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: mcjordansc

Myrtle Beach will declare a General Johnson Day.

Anybody remember The Cellar in Charlotte?


19 posted on 10/14/2010 6:42:41 PM PDT by moovova (My hand-held device comes in fashionably stylish 9MM, 40 cal, 12GA & even a demure yet perky .22 cal)
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To: whitedog57; DontTreadOnMe2009

Santa Cruz...wrong coast.

But you guys had the Beach Boys...and they weren’t that bad...


20 posted on 10/14/2010 6:46:04 PM PDT by moovova (My hand-held device comes in fashionably stylish 9MM, 40 cal, 12GA & even a demure yet perky .22 cal)
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To: moovova

The Jolly Knave in Atlantic Beach
The Bushes in Greensboro
The Embers in Burlington
Fat Harold’s and Across The Street in Ocean Drive

And of course, the May Day/Labor Day beach festivals in Jamestown NC. Bill Griffin and a thousand of his closest friends and where I met my wife. We shagged together for the first and last time to the sounds of the General and the COB that day. I’m from NC so I three-step bop and she is from Virginia where they two-step.


21 posted on 10/14/2010 6:51:45 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Good Great memories.

My wife and I drove down the strip in MB this weekend. Some sort of October Fest thing going on had the street closed down where the Pavilion USED to be...

22 posted on 10/14/2010 7:07:47 PM PDT by moovova (My hand-held device comes in fashionably stylish 9MM, 40 cal, 12GA & even a demure yet perky .22 cal)
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To: mcjordansc
"Just a Little More Time"
is the only song by Chairman of the Board that I ever heard on radio (sure wasn't beach music).. Did not know he was a "general" either. At any rate, rest in peace.
23 posted on 10/14/2010 7:29:34 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: mcjordansc

Chairmen Of The Board ~ Patches ~ LIVE 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REaD0aoxejc&feature=related

I was born and raised down in Alabama
On a farm way back up in the woods
I was so ragged the kids would call me patches
Papa used to kid me about it
Of course deep down inside
He was thinkin he had done all he could do
My papa was a great old man
I can see him with a shovel in his hand
See, education he never had
But he did wonders when the time got bad
A little money from the crops he raised
Barely paid the bills we made
Oh life had kicked him down to the plow
When he tried to get up life would kick him back down
One day papa called me to his dyin bed
Put his hands on my shoulders And in tears he said
Patches, I’m depending on you son
To pull the family through My son, it’s all left up to you

Two days later papa passed away
I became a man that day
So I told mama I was gonna quit school
But she said that was dad’s strictest rule
So every morning ‘fore I went to school
I fed the chickens and I chopped wood too
Sometimes I felt that I couldn’t go on
I wanted to leave this but I wanted a home
But I always remembered what my daddy said
With tears in his eyes on his dyin bed
He said, “Patches, I’m depending on you son
I tried to do my best, It’s up to you to do the rest

But then one day a strong rain came
And washed all the crops away
And at the age of thirteen I thought I was carrying
The weight of the whole world on my shoulders
And you know, mama knew what I was going through, Cause
Everyday I had to work the fields
Cause that’s the only way we got our meals
You see, I was the oldest of a family
And everybody else depended on me
Every night I heard my mama pray
Lord, give him the strength to face another day
Though years have passed and all the kids are gone
I aimed to take my mama to a brand new home
God knows people that I shed a tear
My daddy’s voice helped me through the years
Sayin, “Patches, I’m depending on you son
To pull the family through My son, it’s all left up to you
I could still hear papa when he’d say
Patches, I’m depending on you son
I tried to do my best It’s up to you to do the rest”.


24 posted on 10/14/2010 8:28:28 PM PDT by luckybogey
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To: whitedog57

Beach music was a form of southern soul music that was very popular in summer rental communities from the Jersey Shore to Georgia in the early 60s.


25 posted on 10/15/2010 3:42:30 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: mcjordansc
My second son* is a trumpet player. While attending college in Greensboro (NC), he got a summer job paying with the O'Kayssions (I'm a girl watcher!). He spend a lot of good hours bumping the riffs with these guys. Though white, they had the same soulful sound...

I am a native Tarheel, surf bum, and fellow traveler (but not a musician)... but at 63, I don't do Myrtle Beach. I spent most of my time a few miles north at some smaller places with better surf (not that there is such a thing on the east coast!)...

As a free-lance artist, his sound has been heard in concert with such artists as Freddie Cole, the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, and the Okayssions. He can also be heard on Keith Wesby's CD Once and Again. and Before Dawn
*As a band leader, you can find Aaron Noe leading his Big Band, the Aaron Noe Jazz Orchestra and his quartet,the Aaron Noe Jazz 4, in performances at a variety of venues. The Aaron Noe Jazz Ensembles have been featured at some of the finest jazz clubs and festivals and have backed top artists including jazz legend, James Moody.


26 posted on 10/15/2010 3:58:50 AM PDT by WVKayaker (Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.)
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