Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Day Beach Music Died: An homage to "The King of Beach Music"


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27 comments:

  1. Well said Jim!!! Jeff Hinson (North Tower)

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  2. Good article Jim, i have known Norman since the late 70's & have had some great conversions with him. We used to have a lot of fun joking around. I have many fond memories of a great entertainer.

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  3. I remember a lot of good times with General Norman Johnson in the past. I went to quite a few of his performances...even got to talk to him a couple times. I'll never forget he told me he liked my leather jacket. Thanks for making beach music what it is today. We're surely "Gonna Miss You!"

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  4. First time I ever saw him perform was in Oxford with the Showmen. It was my first time seeing a big name act in person. I have been a fan every since and will always associate 'beach music' with General Johnson> I will miss that unique voice.

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  5. I feel lucky to have seen him last year for the first time.I am so glad he recorded "Chances Are", it makes me tear up each and every time I hear it. RIP General.

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  6. Jim Quick,
    Once again you have made me cry with words from your heart. This is a beauiful tribute to the King Of Beach Music. The General always spoke from his heart with his songs and you have done this today from your heart for him. I just want you to know I love you and I loved him. I know he is singing with Mark and they are remembering Hugo's where we met them every year on Thanksgiving night. I know that each one of us has our special thought of our glimpse into his world through his music or through his mentoring or maybe just a special moment! (one of his hugs and kisses)

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  7. WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY AND JIM WE HAVE LOST ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL ENTERTAINERS IN BEACH MUSIC. HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER EVEN THOUGH HE IS GONE. WE JUST HAVE TO REMEMBER WHAT HE GAVE TO US IN OUR LIFE TIME. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

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  8. I called Clarence Carter in Dacatur Ga this morning & slowly told him. He was taken aback & didn`t speak for a bit. We talked some more & recalled a couple of shows. We talked about how many of this generation of artists we had lost & how few were left. He said he was "going for another 100 years", he said to send his condolences & to get back to him on arrangements. He then told me "I will try to take care of Ol Patches as long as I can ". We said goodbye. I hung up & cried.
    God Bless em all. We have truly been blessed
    Duane Goins

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  9. What a great tribute, Jim. So very well said. Thank you.

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  10. What a beautiful tribute. General wrote music that anyone could relate to. He was a beautiful soul, with a great big heart. He had an amazingly unique voice that can't be duplicated. I am blessed to have known this man. He touched my life and has left me sweet memories. Rest in peace Big G. You will be missed and never forgotten.

    Pamela Long

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  11. Beautiful words about a beautiful man. I feel sorry for those that have never been exposed to his music...

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  12. The songs and performances of General Johnson are part of the fabric of my life. I listened and danced to his music as a teenager and still now with grandones run to the dance floor when his music plays. My sweetie and I never sit still during Carolina Girls (or most of his other songs) The happiness and pleasure he brought to so many is immeasurable which is the true measure of success. Rest in peace General and thank you for the music that's in our souls.

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  13. Jim, you are a Master when it comes to words, Thanks for sharing this story with all of us. God Bless you too.

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  15. It is sad to grow older and lose old friends but it would be even sadder to not have known him at all.

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  16. Articulate and eloquent, Jim! Your beautiful remarks totally capture the handsome King of Beach Music whose marvelous performances thrilled us all! General never took his popularity and fame seriously. He never lost his touch with his fans. I remember him dearly at a small club in Emerald Isle NC where following his first set, he pulled up a chair at our table and joined us in conversation. Such a good man who was passionate about his music! Beach Music has lost an irreplaceable icon! Thank you dear General for the joy you gave us all!
    Sad today in Mt Pleasant!
    A Carolina Girl who loved the General

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  17. "my heart was a lonely house where strangers wondered in and out, until Tuesday" General Johnson

    Death cannot kill what never dies and there is so much that lives beyond what our eyes can see. Once a great song enters your ears, it will never leave your mind or your heart. General Johnson still lives inside so many people that loved his music. And his music, "It Will Stand" exactly as he sang it would.

    Mani Leibe
    AM rOdeO

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  18. "Soul to Soul" Jim, "Soul to Soul"

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  19. Jim, As I read your tribute to Norman I felt a plethora of emotions. I am sure some of the same ones you felt when you wrote it. I am so happy you were friends with him and you took his advice to heart. You also write and interact from your heart. I am so proud that you value your fans and you appreciate them as he did. I am sure part of that came from your relationship with the General, But much of it is also just who you are! I see gratitude in your eyes when you hear your fans singing your songs when you are on stage. That will take you a long way! Thank you for sharing this with us ! Love you Your Mamma Harriett

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  20. Summer, 1961, at Sunset Beach an almost 10 year-old heard “It Will Stand” on the radio while in the control house of the old, swinging pontoon bridge from the mainland to the island. Norman Johnson and Beach Music were unknowingly defined, and for at least one Carolina Boy, the timing and location could not have been more perfect.

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  21. I love this write up on POPS and his journey . The only note is that my father passed at home surrounded with family and loved ones. Long Live Beach Music

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  22. A great entertainer with awesome voice! His songs takes me back in time! Thanks Jim so much for sharing! I have been following you for quite awhile and you continue to empress the General would had been proud! Hope to see you on the 23 of this month!

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  23. Nothing but class. This is a great tribute to a great entertainer. He absolutely left his mark on Beach Music. I always enjoyed seeing him perform and nobody could out perform him!

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