The Beach Music Top
Beach Music's only weekly Top 40 countdown
began in September 1992 as an extension of the
by "Dr." Chris Beachley and 'Fessa John Hook in 1979
with It Will Stand Magazine and later with It Will Stand
News, Carolina Class Magazine, Dancing
On The Edge, the Rhythm 'n Beach Newspaper,
and the Rhythm 'n Beach Newsletter.
The weekly charts are developed via
credit reports solicited from
the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs (including the Bop clubs of the Mid
Atlantic and South), the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJs, the Association
of Rhythm 'n Blues DJs, record distributors, retailers, the top, independent
Rhythm 'n Beach radio DJs throughout the Southeast, and a wide spectrum of
listeners and fans all over the U.S.
A casual look at each
chart demonstrates that Beach Music is wide in diversity representing
the culture and communities it expresses and while every week the chart may be
different the previous week's chart is immortalized in permanent
printer ink. This is no surprise
when one realizes that "Beach" music culture preceded
Rock 'n Roll by more than a decade. It preceded Rhythm 'n
Blues by a decade. The why's and wherefores--including 'why' this
has never been part of the national consciousness--has been the foundation of Fessa Hook's commitment to Beach Music for 25 years.
|If you find something on
the Beach Music Top 40 you'd like to own, check our music stores (if we don't have it, send an e-mail and we'll track it down). You may find it in the Top 40 MP3 stores (two different stores,
because neither carries everything!) Or check the Top 40 CD store,
it may be available as part of a CD.