What's Your Favorite Beach Music?

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Real Estate Agent with Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.

Put your toes in the sand

When I was a child growing up in Greenville, MS, my friends' and our family's beach of choice was Destin Florida.  Once I went away to college, my LSU and Ole Miss sorority sisters all headed to Daytona.  In the 1960s, I married and moved to Charleston, WV and the beach destination was Myrtle Beach where I developed a love for shagging and beach music.  Dancing to the music of the Embers, the Drifters and the wonderful Tams, we shagged on the boardwalk, we shagged on the beach and at Fat Harold's.  I loved the area so much that I lived in Myrtle Beach for a couple of years in the 80s.

Real work called, and, before I knew it, I was living and working in Atlanta.  This time my beach going contemporaries were heading to a different beach destination -- Hilton Head.  Only a 5 or 6 hour drive from the city, I spent many years visiting friends and dancing to beach music once again, same songs, different beach.

In 2000, the real estate bug hit me, and I left Atlanta for the sand arriving in Sarasota to the beaches of Siesta Key and Longboat Key and another selection of beach music.  I never hear the sounds of SC beach music here.  Now it's all Jimmy Buffett!  I do love "Cheeseburger in Paradise" whether it's at Burger King, Wendy's or listening to Buffet sing it.

I played around on MySpace yesterday and added some favorite beach music to my profile. Take a look.  My favorite beach music is still "I Love Beach Music" and "Be Young Be Foolish, Be Happy!"  What's your favorite beach music and what's your beach history?

If you have the urge to put your toes in the sand, Siesta Key or Longboat Key beach homes or condos are plentiful right now.

Contact Annette Smith at 941-504-3922 for more information about Sarasota Florida real estate.

 

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Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

My favorite beach song is "Back To the Island" by Leon Russell.  As far as beaches, I do love The Outer Banks of NC, epecially Ocracoke. 

Dec 14, 2008 04:45 AM #1
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate Agent

Chad, thanks for the reply.  I check out your song when I get back to MySpace.  Love the Outer Banks too.  Spent some time there once when I was living in Myrtle Beach.

Dec 14, 2008 04:50 AM #3
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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
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There is something about "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves when we go the beach.

Congrats on two years in the rain and much success to you in 2009!

Dec 14, 2008 05:18 AM #4
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate Agent

I know that song Todd -- two years in the rain, gosh I didn't realize I was having so much fun.  Much success to you in 2009 also!

Dec 14, 2008 05:30 AM #5
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Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

My little group of 60's hippies always went to North Myrtle Beach and Ocean Drive.  There was shag music all around and I love it to this day, but none of us ever learned to shag...:-(  In the 70's and early 80's I became an Embers groupie.  I went all over the place in NC and lusted after them...:-)

The Embers broke up, and now the only good part left is the Craig Woolard Band.  He received the best male singer award in the National Beach Music Awards this year!

There's a new Embers group, which sounds nothing like the real ones.  Jackie Gore just started a new band called the Legends of Beach.  What a phenomenal voice he has!

Johnny Hopkins, who was my real crush back then, is with some other band I wasn't even aware of till I just looked!

Anyway, much as I still love them, it makes me feel SOOOO old to see them now...Johnny Hopkins from the Embers

Dec 14, 2008 06:15 AM #6
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate Agent

Wow, fantastics comments Jan.  Makes me want to hop in the car and come dancing.  And, by the way, you are never to old to dance.  My dream is to dance on Ellen one day.  Maybe she reads Active Rain.  Should could do an entire show on the shag with all the old timers!

Dec 14, 2008 06:21 AM #7
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Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

I wish.  I am a klutch and always have been.  I wouldn't even attempt to try and dance now.  I'd probably sprain my ankle or break a leg...:-)

I love to go to all the beach music festivals and hear them though.  Craig has a son that sings with him, and talks about his granddaughter.  And he really changed.  He used to look like Tony Orlando.  Now he looks like Tom Jones NOW...not a good thing...:-)

Dec 14, 2008 06:42 AM #8
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Fran and Rowena, La Canada Realtors - (818) 952-0077
Dilbeck Real Estate - La Canada, CA

Any song by the Beach Boys!   True California summer beach music!

And, of course, California has the best beaches! 

Brings back memories (am I dating myself?) of beach parties, fires in the firepits, lifeguards, surf and sand.   We got there early to get a parking space, and stayed late so that we could BBQ on the beach. 

What a life!

Thanks Annette, for a trip down memory lane!

Dec 14, 2008 04:29 PM #9
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
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Fran, I was waiting for a Beach Boys reply!  Glad you were the first.  Come to Sarasota and we'll go out on Siesta Key and dance on the beach.  There's a drum festival every Sunday where you bring a percussion instrument of your choice (drum, tamborine, bells) and the drum circle beats the sun down.  People dance around the circle until shortly after sunset.  It is very cool!  More my style these days.

Dec 14, 2008 09:54 PM #10
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Fran and Rowena, La Canada Realtors - (818) 952-0077
Dilbeck Real Estate - La Canada, CA

Annette - A drum festival?  That sounds so "neat"!  The more I read about Sarasota, the more I think it's a place I have to visit.  So many interesting neighborhoods, and things to do.  Who knew?

Dec 15, 2008 12:19 PM #11
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
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Fran, please come visit -- I'd love to show you Sarasota!

Dec 15, 2008 12:25 PM #12
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Lee Cunningham
Cunningham Team RE/MAX R.P. - Greenville, SC
Greenville SC Real Estate

Hi Annette, Mechelle here - My favorite beach would be a very secluded one. I remember one on Cumberland Island (Ga coast just north of FL) It was very secluded and we all went nude! I love it.

My favorite beach music would be  the beach boys of course.

Dec 16, 2008 02:17 AM #13
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
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I know that beach Mechelle!  And another vote for the Beach Boys!  Thanks for responding.

Dec 16, 2008 02:22 AM #14
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David Slavin
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Anything from the Beach Boys of course!

Dec 16, 2008 03:52 AM #15
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate Agent

Hi David, another vote for the Beach Boys.  They are running away with it!  Thanks for commenting.

Dec 16, 2008 04:22 AM #16
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
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I've always lived close to beaches but I'm not a beach person. However, I can think of no other appropriate beach music other than that by The Beach Boys. Kokomo specifically somes to mind.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- make it a good start.

Jan 05, 2009 10:50 AM #17
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Annette Smith
Allen Real Estate Services, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate Agent

Thanks for voting Jim.  I've gotten several emails that The Beach Boys are surfing music and the Carolina Shag Music is the "true" beach music!  The point of the article was that everyone things of their own type of music when they think of their "own" beach so in that regards, The Beach Boys are winning.

Jan 05, 2009 09:02 PM #18
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