Some of this may not technically be considered Beach Music, but for me, growing up a mile from the North Carolina Coast in the 1960s & 70s, these were part of the mix:
- Get Ready The Temptations
- Washed Ashore (On a Lonely Island in the Sea) The Platters
- With This Ring The Platters
- Up On The Roof The Drifters
- Give Me Just a Little More Time General Johnson & the Chairmen of the Board
- Girl Watcher The O’Kaysions
- Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher Jackie Wilson
- I Do Love You Billy Stewart
- I Love You 1,000 Times The Platters
- May I Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
- 5-10-15-20-25-30 Years of Love The Presidents
- Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time The Delfonics
- Your Precious Love Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
- Bernadette The Four Tops
- When She Was My Girl The Four Tops
- Cowboys to Girls The Intruders
- Make It Easy On Yourself Jerry Butler
- Ask the Lonely The Four Tops
- What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin
Tell me that this wasn’t a surprise. I always thought that this was a black group. As I listened to the YouTube video the first time, I thought, “Now these guys could have been from North Carolina,” and then I found that they were from NC. *”Girl Watcher” may be my No. 1 pick for Carolina “Beach Music,” although “My Girl”, “May I”, or “Up on the Roof”, are all close challengers.
So, this reminded me of WMBL 740 AM radio station from Morehead City, NC. Craig Webber, Jay Cobb, and Duke Roberts were some of the DJs that I listened to in the late 60’s and early ’70’s.
*I lived in Hubert, NC with my ‘Aunt Sis’ (Carrie Kellum) and attended Swansboro High School (the one on Hwy. 24). The “love of my life” was Debbie. She lived in Cape Carteret. There was just “Cape ‘C’ Shopworth” there at the time. A convenience store.
I recall on one date, I drove from Hubert to Cape Carteret and picked Debbie up. We drove all the way back to Jacksonville (which is about the same distance, in the opposite direction from her house) to see what was going on… only to decide to drive to Morehead City and see a movie there. I’m thinking we might have seen Barbara Striesand in “Funny Girl.” The movie theatre was new then, and still exists today, but not as a movie theatre. *Debbie was a GREAT kisser!”