F A B U L O U S
BEACH BOOGIE RHYTHM AND BLUES ROCK AND SOUL
S H A D E S
Born for Radio & Beach Music!
At the young age of five my dad pointed down the road and explained that a radio tower was under construction. What I hear coming out of that station several months later got me wondering what the life of a Dee Jay was like. I mean, those guys were playing music I had never hear before. Billy Ward & The Dominos, The Drifters, Jerry Butler, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis and other groups that were not played on many small stations in the rural south. Of course, this was a new radio station and rock n' roll was new to my ears.
Within a few years, several other radio stations began playing rock n' roll. One that got my attention was WNOX in Knoxville. It was the first station I heard that didn't have all those talk shows like Swap & Shop, a preacher screaming his head off or some local wanna-be stumbling over the vocals of a song. WNOX was nothing but music and disc jockeys that sounded like they enjoyed what they were doing. That was the same year that John, Paul, George and Ringo invaded America with a new sound. I liked it! But, I loved that sound coming out of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Motor City better. While every other station was screaming, "Here's a new one by The Beatles", WNOX was playing Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Rufus Thomas, The Showmen and other black artists. Sure, "The Big 99" did play the Beatles and other British invasion stuff but they had a 50 percent mix of soul music, too! Artists like Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Willie Tee, The Swingin' Medallions, The Tams and other southern groups were getting airplay on "The Big Knox Music Box". (The late Program Director Rex Miller is credited with that slogan).
In the mid 60s, WNOX had become THE radio station not only in East Tennessee, but was the most listened to radio station on the South Carolina Grand Strand at night. I remember hearing Rob Galbreath and Eddie Beacon "The Swingin' Deacon", do commercials for the Beach Club and other night spots in Myrtle Beach. One night, Beacon came on and announced the next four hours were paid for by the Beach Club in Myrtle Beach. He then played 2 songs by Willie Tee, "Thank You, John" and "Walkin Up A One-Way Street". Not just once, but over and over again and again for four solid hours! Gosh, people were listening 350 to 400 miles away on the beach! It was then I made up my mind to become a radio disc jockey. (John Long wrote about WNOX and it's Myrtle Beach audience in charter 3 of his book 'Puttin' On The Hits' at www.oidar.com).
I eventually worked at WNOX (a record four times)! In addition to stations in Johnson City, Kingsport and Nashville, I worked at the legendary "Tiger Radio" WTGR in Myrtle Beach in 1975 & '76. Other stops included North Carolina, Alabama & several small market stations in Tennessee. Also 5 years on the air with the now defunct Shop At Home TV Shopping Network. By the end of 2004, while working in my hometown of Newport, Tennessee reality struck...radio wasn't fun anymore. Power hungry managers were taking over with no knowledge of radio and a know-it-all attitude. To them, the word 'teamwork' was a term used in sports. Don't get me wrong, there are still some great management level people in radio, as well as, stations that show respect for those who have paid their dues in the industry. But as a well known Disc Jockey once told me, "Ask a Dee-Jay today who was their favorite jock growing up & they just give you a blank stare"! Without a doubt, Larry Lujack at WLS & WCFL was my favorite .
During the 70s & 80s I worked with some of the best people in the business. That was before a former president did away with the need of an FCC license to work on the air. Before Wall Street found out radio made money. And, before large corporations completely destroyed local radio. Three elements that were not in the original 1939 federal communications act which has been destroyed by every president since. All for big business. Out with the good jocks....a total disregard for those who had paid their dues.
In 2005 I started toying with the idea of an Internet radio station from a spare room in my home. While working on putting a classic top 40 format together I came across songs that took me back to high school dances and young girls of my teen years. Songs that made my mind go in reverse! Wow, I remembered things like my first trip to the beach, the jukebox at the old Newport swimming pool pavillion, the dances and concerts at the War Memorial building, cruisin' the drive-in burger joints with my car radio blaring out The Four Tops, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Major Lance, Jr. Walker and The All Stars. Not to mention concerts featuring Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Swingin' Medallions, The Rascals, The Tams and artists that actually sang, played & performed before loudness & expanding your mind were confused with rock n' roll.
That year, 2005 I rediscovered my first love again...Beach Music. I started listening to Clifford Curry, along with; Chairmen Of The Board, Band Of Oz, The Fantastic Shakers, Coastline, The Embers and The Tams. The newer acts like Rickey Godfrey, Sea-Cruz, The Craig Woolard Band, The Entertainers, The Fabulous Shades, Paul Craver, Rick Strickland, Terri Gore and Shaggie Maggie are doing covers of all my favorite songs. What I found was the music that is as much a part of me as the blood that runs in my body. Oh, not all Beach Music comes out of the Carolinas. Mighty-Mike Schermer from California, Ray Edge from Toronto and Subway from West Virginia, just to name a few, have had songs on Beach Music radio. Thank goodness for the independent promoters, producers and record labels! (No rap, no degrading of women, no statements about doing harm to members of law enforcement. Major record labels don't have a clue. Maybe it will stay that way, cause the "the biggies" have destroyed not only radio but society with their musical influence). Beach Music is enjoyable, entertaining and as much a part of America as Top 40 Radio, Shaggin' and corndogs on the beach. Carolina style Beach Music is yesterday, today and tomorrow!
So, how are DJs to be treated?
Cecil Heftel former radio station owner once admonished a station manager for driving a Cadillac, saying “Cadillac’s are for disc jockeys, Fords are for you who make a good living due to their talent.”
They say “It’s not about the hair, it’s about the music”. But writing and playing good songs can generate high levels of stress. Not all the members of Fabulous Shades band can cope with their high levels of stress and, as it might be noticed, stress affected them.
Among other effects, stress had a negative impact on the appearance of their hair. The lifespan of hairs was affected and some of these guys experienced significant hair loss. A receding hairline was only the beginning, because in only a few years hair loss – alopecia or male pattern baldness – made them end up with a noticeable bald spot over their crown.
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