Other states have adopted songs, marches, odes, and anthems. They've adopted musical theatre and musical instruments.
Only two states, South Carolina and Kentucky, have chosen to honor a particular type of music to represent them.
South Carolina has adopted two musical forms; spiritual music (official music, 1999) and beach music (official popular music, 2001).
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-689 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEACH MUSIC IS DESIGNATED AS THE OFFICIAL STATE POPULAR MUSIC OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The General Assembly finds that during this century and especially during the last fifty years, the development of beach music has contributed tremendously to the enjoyment of the citizens of our State and has become synonymous with South Carolina and certain of its dances, including the Shag. The General Assembly further finds that it is appropriate to recognize beach music in this manner.
Beach music designated state popular music
SECTION 2. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-689. Beach music is designated as the official state popular music of South Carolina."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 21st day of March, 2001.
Approved the 27th day of March, 2001.
On February 21, 2002, Harry Turner, the President of The Beach Music Association International, was commended by the South Carolina House of Representatives for his efforts to promote beach music "throughout South Carolina and the World." In House Resolution No. 4787, he was declared an "Ambassodor of Beach Music."
A HOUSE RESOLUTION
TO COMMEND HARRY TURNER FOR PROMOTING BEACH MUSIC THROUGHOUT SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE WORLD AND TO PROCLAIM HIM AN "AMBASSADOR OF BEACH MUSIC".
Whereas, the South Carolina House of Representatives would like to commend Harry Turner for promoting beach music throughout South Carolina and the world; and
Whereas, he has taken beach music, the official popular music of South Carolina, to new levels of recognition, and is President of Beach Music Association International; and
Whereas, he is not only a preeminent beach music consultant, manager, and promoter, he also is the acclaimed author of This Magic Moment, an authentic anthology of beach music, rock'n roll, and doo-wop; and
Whereas, on February 21, 2002, Harry Turner celebrates his sixtieth birthday; and
Whereas, the House of Representatives would like to recognize his exceptional communication skills and contributions to beach music and proclaim him as an "Ambassador of Beach Music". Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the House of Representatives, by this resolution, commend Harry Turner for promoting Previousbeach musicNext throughout South Carolina and the world and hereby proclaim him an "Ambassador of Beach Music".
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Harry Turner.
The following information was excerpted from the The South Carolina Code of Laws, title 1, chapter 1, article 9, section 1-1-689.
Title 1 - Administration of the Government
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 9. STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES
SECTION 1-1-689. Official State popular music.
Beach music is designated as the official state popular music of South Carolina.
State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 1 Jun 2011. <http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.htm>.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
Beach Music Association International: Official website. For a definition of beach music and an explanation for the Beach Music Association International (BMAI), click on the "Why BMAI?" link.
94.9 The Surf: The official radio station of the S O S, the Society of Stranders. We play Carolina Beach Music and the Beach Music oldies 24 hours a day at 94.9 FM and online at 949TheSurf.com .
The Beach Music Journal: The Endless Summer Network - Listen Here 24/7 to the Beach Music Top 40 Countdown; The Yearly Beach Top 40 Countdowns, & The Roadhouse Blues, Boogie & Fish Fry.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official South Carolina state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
Carolina Beach Music: The Classic Years, by Rick Simmons. 208 pages. The History Press (April 29, 2011) Just as the dances of beach music have their twists and turns, so, too, do the stories behind the hits made popular in shag haunts from Atlantic Beach to Ocean Drive and the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. In Carolina Beach Music, local author and beach music enthusiast Rick Simmons draws on firsthand accounts from the legendary performers and people behind the music. Simmons reveals the true meaning behind "Oogum Boogum," uncovers just what sparked a fistfight between Ernie K. Doe and Benny Spellman at the recording session of "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta" and examines hundreds of other true events that shaped the sounds of beach music.
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Music (Volume 12), Volume edited by Bill C. Malone. 512 pages. Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 14, 2008) Southern music has flourished as a meeting ground for the traditions of West African and European peoples in the region, leading to the evolution of various traditional folk genres, bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, and southern hip-hop. This volume in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates an essential element of southern life and makes available for the first time a stand-alone reference to the music and music makers of the American South.
Shagging in the Carolinas (Images of America), by Fessa John Hook. 128 pages. Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; 1 edition (June 19, 2006) Shagging in the Carolinas is a history of dance, romance, and the New South. The Shag defied social conventions as carefree white teenagers were inspired by the possibilities inherent in improvisational black dance and music. This is the story of how Southern society's emerging middle class embraced its multicultural roots while its political leaders continued to debate and deny the outcome of the Civil War. These are the unique people and circumstances that nurtured the evolution of Shag and Beach Music at places like the "jump joints" of Carolina Beach, the inland lake retreats, and the pavilions of Ocean Drive, Atlantic, Folly, Wrightsville, and Tybee beaches. With lively music and dancers, the Shag was popular at famous dance clubs, teen canteens, and armories. Venues such as the Coachman and IV, the Cellar, the Bushes, the Embers Clubs, and the Beach Club at Myrtle Beach are captured within these pages. The early pioneers and iconoclasts of dancing brought about a cultural revolution, embodied today by the many societies, competitions, and innumerable entertainers and bands that continue the Beach Music tradition.
25 Beach Music Classics, I Love Beach Music, Sixty Minute Man, Whispers (Gettin' Louder), The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss), Cool Jerk, What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am), Hello Stranger, Work With Me Annie, Get on Up, With This Ring, Hey! Baby, I'm Gonna Miss You, Untie Me, Gimme Little Sign, Backfield in Motion, The Cheater, Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love), Love Makes the World Go Round, Come to Me Softly, In a Moment, Smoky Places, Color Him Father, Give Me Just a Little More Time, Brenda, Build Me Up Buttercup.
The Beach Music Sound: 25 More Classic Hits, It Will Stand - The Showmen, Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - The Coasters, Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl, I've Got Sand In My Shoes - The Drifters, I Love You 1000 Times - The Platters, It Won't Be This Way (Always) - The King Pins, Love Makes A Woman - Barbara Acklin, At The Top Of The Stairs - The Formations, What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) - Bill Deal & The Rhondells, I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd, Ms. Grace - The Tymes, Hold Back The Night - The Trammps, Across The Street - Lenny O'Henry, I Get The Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson, (You’ve Got Me) Dangling On A String - Chairmen Of The Board, I Dig Everything About You - The Mob, I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify, Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood, You're No Good - Betty Everett, Nothing Can Stop Me - Gene Chandler, Make Me Yours - Bettye Swann, And Get Away - The Esquires, Too Late To Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, Come Go With Me - The Del-Vikings, The Tams Medley - The Tams.
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