Skip to comments.Beach music icon General Johnson dead
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."
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Never heard of them ... and I grew up surfing in Santa Cruz.
Give me just a little more time ....
I remember the band Chairman of the Board from the 80s.
I’m sure the heavens are enjoying General Johnson’s tunes.
That was their song? What does that have to do with beach music?
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.
“You’re more than a number...”
He’s Catchin the WestBound #9 in the sky
Neither have I, but I’m going to remember him by taking my 7’6” pumpkin seed out tomorrow AM.
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.
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.
“Give me just a little more time”
Music to shag by.
I grew up surfing in Santa Cruz too
and I never heard of him also!!!
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.
Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board:
Myrtle Beach will declare a General Johnson Day.
Anybody remember The Cellar in Charlotte?
Santa Cruz...wrong coast.
But you guys had the Beach Boys...and they weren’t that bad...