Retired. Distribution for various record labels.
Donny Trexler began performing when he was only 9 years old in Summerfield, NC near Greensboro. His first band was formed when he was 14 and was called "Donny and the Blue Jets." In early 1959 his group, "The Six Teens," began and evolved into "Bob Collins and the Fabulous Five" in 1961. This group went on to become one of the hottest beach bands in the Southeast in the middle and late 60's. They recorded what became a beach classic, "If I Didn't Have a Dime" (aka "Jukebox") with Donny singing lead vocals. They also recorded a well-remembered song that was written by Donny, "Inventory on Heartaches." In early 1968 he joined "The Music Era." Later that year, at Bill Griffin's insistence, he joined "The O'Kaysions" as their guitar player and became their lead singer when Donnie Weaver left the group. He appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark, and "The Midnight Special" with Wolfman Jack singing their top five hit "I'm a Girlwatcher." Donny was given the CAMMY Award for "Lifetime Achievement" in November 2000. He was inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the field of music at the "OD Beach Party 2001" in November, 2001, and received the Palmetto Award from Governor Hodges.
My love for music started at a very early age around 10 years of age, when most girls were still asking for dolls at Christmas, I wanted a record player. As a teen, my love for beach music continued along with the shag dance. I was like every other teenager that went to the beach with family as a teenager, going near all the spots along the beach that had arcades and pavilions with games and shag dancing to this beach music. So I grew up loving the music and dance.
I was brought on the CBMA Board Advisors to help grow the Membership by spreading the word to the many shag clubs throughout the Southeast. I have been known to travel near and far with shagging and great music. Live music and DJ’s. Cruise the oceans, travels from Cinn. OH, to Panama City Beach, Atlanta, GA, and more. attending many SPA and CSA contest. So when I was asked to join the Board and tell about CBMA, I was honored to do so. To help this wonderful organization grow and one day become a part of the Grammy’s would be a dream come true.
JLW Promotions is an event services company that specializes in event promotion and music entertainment by booking talented beach bands or DJs. Judie Walters, owner for JLW Promotions, has been a Board Advisor for the Carolina Beach Music Awards since 2005, which gives her the opportunity to refer a band she knows and trusts for your event. Besides Carolina beach music, Judie promotes southern rock & roll, jazz and blues bands as well.
JLW Promotions aka Judie's Patio Parties and held in various locations. Originating in Charlotte, NC at the Legendary Old Cellar, with the closing ot Morehead Street Tavern, the restaurant part of the Dance Hall, Old Cellar, Judie then moved her parties to Lynn's Dance Club In Charlotte, NC, then later with a new opportunity in Ocean Drive Beach, NMB, as Entertainment Director at another legendary club, the Spanish Galleon, Judie also hosted Judie's Patio Party at Spanish Galleon and the OD Beach Club.
If you want to make sure everyone at your event has a great time and gets on the dance floor, contact us today!
Mike Little is a member of the Electric City Shag Club in Anderson, South Carolina and the Carolina Shag Club in Greenville, South Carolina. He hosted for 3-1/2 years The Saturday Morning Beach Party on WANS, 1280 AM in Anderson, which was rated by Arbitron as the highest rated AM show listened to and number three overall for that time slot. He is a regular columnist for the newsletters of the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays and the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ’s, as well as the web site, beachmusic45.com and Care Free Times, the official publication of Society of Stranders (SOS) and the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs. He serves on the Board as an Advisory Member of the Carolina Beach Music Awards. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays.
Mike resides in Anderson, South Carolina with his wife Barbara. He has three grown, married sons and four grandchildren. He is retired from Electric City Printing Company in Anderson, South Carolina where he last served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Electric City Printing Company. He served as Chairman of the Printing Industry of the Carolinas and President of the Printing Industry’s Foundation Board. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program (EDP) of the Printing Industries of America and served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of EDP.
He is a graduate of Erskine College and is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Anderson and has served as a Deacon and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and is a past president of the Men of the Church of Central Presbyterian Church.
Mike has served on the Advisory Board of Wachovia Bank and Bank of America in Anderson and is Advisory Board Emeritus for Anderson College. He also served on the Foundation Board of Tri-County Technical College. In addition, he has served as Chairman of The Foothills United Way and was Campaign Chairman of that organization in 1995. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Anderson, South Carolina and served as President of the organization and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He served over the years as a member and held offices in the local, state and national organizations of the Jaycees. He was local President and State President of the South Carolina JCI Senate.
He is a Master Mason in Hiram Lodge No. 68 in Anderson, South Carolina and a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Greenville, South Carolina.
When Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records wanted to do a Beach Music album in 1967, he worked with Charlie Brown.
Charlie has played and/or followed Beach Music and Rhythm & Blues music all his life. He hosted the popular evening time slot on WKIX in Raleigh from 1964 to 1970 where he regularly hosted dances and emceed concerts with the other KIX "Men of Music" in the Triangle area. He has also worked in radio sales and became the General Manager of WKIX.
Charlie was partners with his friend Larry Crockett and Barrie Bergman of the Record Bar in Beach Beat Records, the first company to sell Beach Music albums and tapes using television advertising.
In 1996, Charlie was first deejay inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame!
In July 0f 2003, Charlie teamed up with Chris Beachley to produce and distribute
the syndicated radio program, On the Beach with Charlie Brown, which is
heard on over 40 stations and cable systems in six states and on the internet.
Stan Ashley- A life long beach music supporter and former Beach Music DJ in the Charlotte area. Stan brings to the CBMA Advisory Board over 25 years of Hospitality Business experience and event planning knowledge. Stan is a partner at Quality Sales & Marketing based in Cornelius NC.
Since 1962 Gary Bass has been involved with music on a professional basis. From the days in high school when Gary had his own band, to his present day efforts of recording, producing, and playing beach, shag, rhythm and blues music. While Gary’s early efforts were with bands, it was not until 1974 that his calling in the music world became known not as a musician in a band but as a DJ.
Since 1985 Gary has been the House DJ for Fat Harold’s Beach Club, which is located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gary has six DJ’s under his direction. Fat Harold’s Beach Club is known as the granddaddy of all beach clubs. Fat Harold’s Beach Club has been named, “Club of The Year” seven times by the beach music industry. Fat Harold’s Beach Club was also crowned, “Show Club of The Year For 2005” at the Carolina Beach Music Awards. Gary is also a staff DJ at Thirsty’s 2 Beach Club, Greensboro, NC. Thirsty’s was named, “Show Club of The Year For 2003”.
While Gary’s forte is Beach Music, other types of music can be provided as requested.
To his credit, Gary has released three CD’s in which he arranged, sang, produced, and played the harmonica and drums on several of the numbers. Each of the CDs have been nominated for Album of the Year along with several other categories.
“Boogie-D, Boogie-D”, features the Beach Music Classic, “Soothe Me”. Ranked #2 on the all time Beach Music charts. Still being played in clubs today.
“Don’t Go To Sleep On Me”, features the ballad, “I’m Not Giving You Up”.
“Anybody Seen Her?”, features the #1 hit, “Little Bitty Pretty One”. The song stayed #1 for eight weeks. The CD stayed on the charts for 54 weeks.
Gary is also featured on “Love Laugh & Live”, “Salt Air”, “If Ten Will Kill Me Nine, Give Me Nine”, “Locals Only”, and “Keep On Shaggin”.
Gary has played for two South Carolina Governors, one North Carolina Governor and with every major beach band, which includes The Fantastic Shakers, Coastline Band, The Band of Oz, and The Craig Woolard Band. He has appeared with Jerry Butler and Delbert McClinton.
Gary’s act is a mixture of DJ and entertainer. While playing music, Gary incorporates the singing and playing of some of his songs that are on his CD’s.
While Beach Music is Gary’s specialty other types of music such as country, big band, top 40, and current dance music can be included at the employer’s request.
Gary is a member of the Beach Music DJ Hall of Fame, has been named 6 times the Cammy Beach Club and Mobile DJ of The Year, and has been named to the R&B Beach Music Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.)
The R&B Beach Music Hall of Fame contains such profound members as General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board, and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. This honor is given to a person or group who has contributed to the growth and development of Beach Music.
References can be furnished if needed.
A few other facts about Gary Bass:
1989 inducted into Beach Music DJ Hall of Fame
2001 inducted into the R&B, Beach Music Hall of Fame
2003 DJ for Show Club of The Year, Thirsty’s II, Greensboro, NC
2000 released third CD, “Any Body Seen Her”. “Little Bitty Pretty One” from the CD went to #1 for eight weeks.
1997 released second CD, “Don’t Go To Sleep On Me”. CD was nominated in several categories at the 1997 and 1998 Cammy (Beach Music) Awards including Best CD and Ballard of the Year. The cover features the real Fat Harold.
1995 received the Shell Award from the Grand Nationals, Atlanta, GA for being the favorite SOS DJ.
1994 released first CD, “Boogie-D Boogie-D”. Special guest on the CD include The Clovers, Maurice Williams, Billy Scott, and Nappy Brown. The CD was nominated in several categories during the 1995 and 1996 Cammy (Beach Music) Awards, including Best CD and Best Blues CD. This CD is endorsed by 9 time National Shag Champions, Charlie Womble and Jackie McGee. “Soothe Me” went to #2 on the beach Music Charts. Soothe Me is ranked as one of the all time top 10 Beach Music Classics.
1991 played on tour with Kerry Michaels R&B Band.
1991 co-produced Ripete Records, “Shaggers Delight Vol. III” and “Boogie Time Rocking The Roots”.
1988 National Shag Dance Championship DJ
Neal "Soul Dog" FurrNeal is a lifelong fan and supporter of Carolina Beach music, since the days of growing up in Chapel Hill, N.C. listening to the WKIX Men of Music on 850 AM out of Raleigh, N.C. He is a Chapel Hill High School and University of North Carolina - CH graduate. Neal has been an IBM Research Triangle Park employee since 1981, current position is as a Senior Managing Consultant in Global Business Services.
Beach Music Career Highlights
Partner – Beachmusic45.com website and monthly publication -
2005 to present. Author of monthly column entitled Southern Soul Corner. Produce and DJ the Beachmusic45 Radio Network streams. Co-host
Beachmusic45 sponsored Fall and Spring SOS Artist Showcases at the Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach.
Beach Music Radio Show Producer and On Air Personality Since 1998 – Worked
with Big John Ruth at OLDIES 100.7 FM, SUNNY 93.9 FM and Y102.9 FM in Raleigh,
Created and Hosted First Beach Music Show at KOOL 98.3 FM -
Oxford, N.C. in 2001.
Served as columnist and contributing DJ for The Beach Music Reporter 2001-2004 – Authored the artist bios each month.
Producer and DJ for Radio Show Way Down South on live365.com – 2007 to present. Nominated for a CBMA Award in 2008 and 2009 for Best Internet Radio Show.
Beach Music Club And Events DJ – Currently DJ’ing and booking DJ’s for several venues, including Rayz Thursday Night Deck Party at TJ’s Nightlife in Raleigh, N.C.
Carolina Beach Music Awards – Have Co-hosted the Saturday Afternoon Back Deck Artist Showcase and Pig Pickin’ from 2000 to present.
Hosted and DJ’ed two events nominated for 2009 CBMA Best Shag Club Event
of the Year – ‘Shaggin’ With Your Sweatheart’ and ‘Shaggin’ Into
Butch grew up on Southern Gospel, Doo Wop, Country and Rock n Roll music. He began DJ’ing in clubs and for private events in 1976. In 1989 he bought out his business partner and formed Carolina Sounds Entertainment. That same year he started his radio career with the Carolina Sounds Beach Show. Today the show is syndicated on stations in NC & SC and has been nominated several times at the CBMA’s for “Syndicated Radio Show Of The Year”. He is still playing for various events all over NC, SC and VA. He was an original Advisory Board member of the CBMA’s and served from 1995 – 2003 and again from 2012 to the present. Butch co-produced Billy Scott’s 1995 “Cammy Awards” winning Line Dance Song of the Year, “Don’t Let Go” and sang background vocals on it. He was later a member of the Shama Lama Choir, providing background vocals on the Bill Lyerly Band – Griff collaboration, “Banging In The Dunes”. In 2014, what was supposed to be a one-time fill in gig, turned into a six-month stint touring and singing with The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band. Before withdrawing from the category several years ago, he had been nominated several times for the CBMA Club/Mobile DJ Of The Year and won in 2001. 2012 saw him being inducted into the Beach Music Radio Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, by a chance performance, he started doing shows as an Elvis Presley Tribute Artist. “Blue Suede Memories” has taken him in various places in NC & SC to perform. Butch’s “paying job” is with the Dunn Police Department where he is a Crime Scene Investigator. Since 1998, he has been on the web at www.carolinasounds.com.
Carol Hiatt Huff - Representing Hayes Jewelers
In 1980 I brought a group of approximately 50 young people together to start what is now the Junior Shaggers. I brought in other dance instructors to work with and teach different styles to these young shaggers like; JoJo Putnam, JoAnn Johnson, Doug Perry, Jeppy McDowell, Cadillac Jack Smith and his wife Connie, Jet Jackson, and more. It was a rough road in the beginning, as the club owners did not want these under age dancers in their clubs. Our first dance contest, on a Sunday afternoon, was at the Mint Julep in Wilmington, NC, owned at that time by Skipper & Judy Duke.
The second and official dance contest was at Bill Griffin’s Bushes, in Greensboro, NC. Bill Griffin then helped me persuade Kebo Davis, Harold Bessent, and other club owners to allow the supervised Juniors to have contests in their clubs. Club owners realized that with the Juniors there, it brought in family and friends that were of drinking age customers. In 1989, a movie studio called for Junior Dancers for their movie, “The Shag”. I was asked to come on board to help bring the young dancers together and “watch” over them.
From 1980 to 1986 I worked with and put on dance contests for the Juniors and it also lead to the beginning of Camp Kemo. Due to health, I had to stop teaching and promoting dance contests for the Juniors in 1986. Being a friend of Bruce Hayes, of Hayes Jewelers of Lexington I was invited to intend my first Carolina Beach Music Awards at the Alabama Theaters, in 2005. I have enjoyed being a part of the awards and a part of Hayes Jewelers for the past 11 years.
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