There have been many discussions about what is and what isn’t beach music. There will probably be disagreements on this discussion. We thought it would be interesting to see what the Surf Listeners consider beach music but not necessarily shag music by simply naming songs that you think fit on this list for discussion rather than try to define “Beach Music” and “Shag Music”.
Can you add a song to our list that you would consider “Beach Music” that most shaggers would not consider “Shag Music”?
Some say “Down South” by Jim Quick is not beach music. I think it is. It won the award for National Shag Dance Song. Some say you can’t shag to it, but the National Shag Dance Champions were able to shag to it. It may be difficult for many shaggers. Thoughts? Should it make the list of Beach but not Shag?
I was taught basic shag in my teens by my sisters in the early sixties although I didn’t know it was the “shag”. Growing up in Charleston S. C. I had many trips to Folly Beach and the Folly Pier. It wasn’t until in my late 30’s or early 40’s that I took formal lessons. In my opinion there are several types of “shag music”. A lot of country music is darn good shag music. I lived in Fort Worth Texas in the late 90’s and My Wife and I would go out with our cowboy friends to “country” lounges/bars. We shagged to many two step songs and while everyone was two stepping around the dance floor we would be in the middle shagging. I was asked by several ladies to shag with them. The point is “Down South” is “country shag” not “beach shag”. I would say there is country music shag; popular music shag; oldies music shag (before the 70’s); and beach music shag which will always be my favorite. Jus sayin.
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