Sunday, October 24 2021
On October 22, 2021 John G. Franklin shared his new release and the link to purchase the new single and we've provided that for you below as well. Great job John and everyone involved in the production and we look forward to seeing the success the new single brings. If you'd like to listen and/or purchase the song visit the following link. Also be sure to reach out to your favorite DJ's and stations to request it.
Release notes from Green Dot Records:
The new spin to an old rocker from John G. Franklin
Originally written by Derek St. Holmes and recorded by Ted Nugent, John G has worked some magic on this classic. From the first note you'll realize that Ted has left the building and John G hasarrived. Start with a 16 second intro with the drums laying down a swinging groove, add a walking bass line, stir in some silky guitar, and thenBAM! Here comes John G riding in on a big horn section.
This 3:39 laid back dance tune (at 115 bpm) has a bluesy, swampy groove that will make you want to work it out on the dance floor. Imagine Stevie Ray Vaughn with a Big Band horn section.
"Hey Baby" is arranged, produced and performed by John G. Franklin ( CBMA Hall of Famer and writer of "Friends" and "I Can't Live Without Your Love", among others) and features Mickey Floyd on guitar and Chris Jennings ( from the Fantastic Shakers and Band of Oz) doing some amazing drum programming. Also featured is Andy Swindell (of Embers fame) on Rhodes. Andy also mixed and mastered the song."
Monday, October 18 2021
On September 29, 2021, Shaun Lamm announced on the Beach Shag Rhythm & Blues Radio Facebook page that he would officially be taking the station off the air after several successful years on the air. Nominated for CBMA Internet Station of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. We've certainly enjoyed the music and content here at Flip Flop Live and we wish Shaun continued success throughout radio, with his band and his future endeavors. Many listeners, friends and fellow industry professionals left their well wishes and comments on the post.
On October 18, 2021 the station stopped streaming and the website updated. We've included the original posts below if you'd like to read and/or comment.
Tuesday, October 12 2021
The deadline to submit your ballot for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards is coming up later this week. In the email that you should've received with your link to vote it states: "All Ballots must be submitted by "Midnight" Friday Oct. 15th 2021. Anything "sent" after this date will not be counted!"
Be sure that you complete your ballot in order for your vote to count. If you have not received your email, please reach out to Bo Gilbert with Grand Strand Marketing Group and let him know. He will take care of making sure you receive the necessary information. We can't wait to see everyone in a few short weeks!
Tuesday, October 05 2021
Sylvia Johns Ritchie released a new single and video for "Burnin' It Up for Your Love" and we've included it for you below. Producer J.K. Loftin of Cape Fear Studios says: "Just released today and so glad to see so many people enjoying this! The video by Tony Murnahan with Stwrongtone Media finally dropped, along with the single, just after Sylvia was nominated for her talents as Female Vocalist and Rising Star for this year by the Carolina Beach Music Association. And, those are not song specific awards, just acknowledgements of her talent and it's impact. If you are preparing to vote for keep all that in mind, especially as you watch this killer video. She is truly deserving! Features R Mark Black on sax, Frank Mills on bass, Rick Murray on drums and yours truly on guitar, and as producer and engineer. Everyone involved poured it on thick, hot and heavy! You're gonna love it! You can shag or line dance to it and we hope you do!"
Great job Sylvia, we love the song and video and we'd like to also congratulate on your nominations for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards. We look forward to seeing you in November and good luck on all of your categories.
Tuesday, September 28 2021
We were so sorry to read the news that many were sharing about the passing of Michael Jumper. He was well loved and created so many memories for Beach Music fans through his photography shared on the O.D. Mafia website and social media platforms. We send our condolences to Michael's family, friends and the O.D. Mafia family along with our prayers for all of you. Below the obituary you will find a link if you'd like to sign his guest book on the funeral home website.
Michael was a 1975 graduate of Spring Valley High School, and attended The University of South Carolina. He was employed with Rotech, providing medical equipment. He loved photography, shrimping, shag dancing, and was a Carolina Gamecock fan. Michael was a friend to all and loved the beach. In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial contributions to the Ocean Conservatory at https://oceanconservancy.org/ or Camp Kemo at https://bit.ly/2Y2x1Uu
A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021 at the funeral home. There will also be a livestream of the service on Dunbar Funeral Home – Devine’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DunbarDevine. A private graveside funeral service for family only will follow. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfuneralhomedevine.com
Saturday, September 25 2021
On Friday, September 24, 2021 the 2021 nominees for the Carolina Beach Music Academy were announced on 94.9FM The Surf. A special party was held LIVE at HOTO's in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Peter Carpenter, Mike Worley, Bo GIlbert, Jim Morgan, Jim Shafer, Harold Ballard and a host of special guests. We have ;listed the results for you below as listed on the Carolina Beach Music Academy website
Song of the Year
National Dance / Shag Song
Group Album of the Year
Solo Album of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
Smoothie of the Year
Compilation Album of the Year
Radio DJ (Ted Bell Award)
Syndicated Radio Show
Club (Bill Griffin Award)
Live Music Venue (Cecil Corbett Award)
Event of the Year
Shag Club Event of the Year
Group of the Year
Club / Mobile DJ
Collaboration or Duo
Michael Branch Award
Saturday, September 04 2021
Chase Given has released his new single "Bootyshaker" and we've included a video below that was uploaded by DJ Ray Melton if you'd like to listen. Be sure to call your favorite DJs and radio stations and request it. You can visit Chase's Facebook Page and visit his website for his calendar, music, videos and more.
Saturday, September 04 2021
Lesa Hudson will have the honor of singing the National Anthem at the Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 1:30PM for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff. You can tune in on FOX SPORTS / FS1. Way to go Lesa!
Thursday, September 02 2021
On August 27, 2021, JD Cash shared information on his Facebook page about a procedure that he recently had and also shared a GoFundMe campaign setup to help with the medical expenses. Please read his story below and if you're able to give, you will find the link to the fundraiser page.
I also had to have a Defibrillator attached to my heart to maintain a heartbeat. The Defibrillator is set on 80 Beats Per Minute. This Device is designed to shock you back into rhythm and revive the heart if it stops. There is a constant monitor in my house that my cardiologists use to monitor my heart rhythms. The surgery changed my life for good as far as not walking and breathing as well as I would like to and not being able to work very much limiting what I am physically able to do. I now suffer from Severe Heart Failure.
About 3 months ago , I started receiving phone calls and messages from my Doctors telling me my heart was constantly racing up down which is very dangerous and can cause a stroke or cardiac arrest leading to death. I was referred to a great surgeon, Dr. Winterfield at MUSC Hospital in Charleston. He specializes in performing High-Tech procedures inside the heart called a Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation which if successful will stop the heart from racing up and down. My heart was racing from 80 up into the 200 range and above. This surgery sometimes works but in some cases , it has to be repeated. Dr. Winterfield said he was pretty certain he solved the problem.
In Charleston, I had to have two surgeries. First they performed a left/right heart cath to check the inside of the heart for blockages, fluid & pressure to make sure it was safe to proceed. I had to wait a couple of days for the 2nd surgery due to fluid on the heart. On Aug. 19 last week I was operated on for the main procedure, a Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation. It was a very long procedure but hopefully successful.
When I got home, I discovered I Have Massive Blood Bruises Across Both Groans Where The Four Catheters Went In To Insert Cameras and to work inside my heart performing the Ablation. I will be moving slow for a quite a while and could some assistance while getting back
on my feet. All donations would be appreciated.
To Mail Your Donation Directly To Me, My Mailing Address Is: J.D. Cash, PO Box 4034, N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29597."
Click Here to Donate Online!
Tuesday, August 31 2021
If you've noticed on various photos that were recently shared of the Embers featuring Craig Woolard, you may have noticed a difference face sitting behind the drums. On August 30, 2021, Rita Free made a post on Facebook regarding Wayne Free and his recent procedure. Wayne told us earlier today "I’m recovering great, driving Ree up the wall" and went on to talk about how supportive and understanding the band has been. He appreciates all of the messages they've received! We know he's ready to get back on the road doing what he loves and we'll continue our prayers for Wayne.
Wednesday, August 25 2021
On August 24, 2021 Tim Morris posted an update on his Facebook page. This is great news and we can't wait to see Tim back on the road full time. We will continue to keep him in our prayers.
"Thank you everyone for your prayers, calls, messages and donations. You have made this terrible health setback much easier to go through. I am still recovering and have 2 more procedures that will take place in the coming weeks to months, but I am feeling so much better! I am feeling well enough to hit the stage again with BOZ this week. I will be taking it slow and it will take some time to rebuild my chops, but I am excited to do what I love once again and to see you all!! Thanks to everyone!!!♥️♥️♥️"
Monday, August 23 2021
On Sunday, August 22, 2021 the Battlefield Boogie Club posted on their Facebook page to "brush off your dancing shoes" as they begin hosting their weekly dances again. We've included their original post below with all of the details.
"WE'RE BACK Brush off your dancing shoes.
The BBC is back to hosting our weekly dances at Moose Lodge 1655, 11917 Cherry Rd, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, starting Wed Aug. 25th from 7pm to 9:30 pm. Dance lessons are free.There are a few changes to our venue this year. We are able to dance weekly, as opposed to bi-weekly. In addition, this year, all participants need to enter by the front door. If you are not a Moose Member then one of our BBC members (who are Moose Members) will sign you in as a guest. This is a requirement of the Moose Lodge and needs to be adhered to. Hope to see everyone there.
Sunday, August 22 2021
On August 21, 2021 the Roanoke Valley Shag Club shared on their Facebook page that their monthly dances will resume in October. This will be their first dance since February of 2020. Some things have changed including the venue and having a cover charge and we've included that information below.
"Hey everybody, finally some good news to share, our monthly dance schedule will resume in October. This will be our first dance since February of 2020. As previously stated, your 2020 membership is still good for the rest of the year. 2022 membership information forthcoming.
Since losing our home base, Billy's Barn, we have been researching various locations. As most of you are aware, Billy never charged us to use his place but now we are back to the good old days of having to rent a venue.
With the rental, deejay fee & ABC license we are forced to have a cover charge again ($10 members, $15 non-members) We will need at least 60 members per dance just to break even. The future of our club will depend on your participation. We will be going back to BYOB & bringing a snack to share days.
We have selected to return to the American Legion on Sunday afternoons & their only Covid rule is a temperature check @ the door, no mask needed. Of course, we all know that could change but that is the current plan.
Mary Beth Layman & her team have come up with some exciting ideas for our 3 dances. We hope & encourage everyone to be a part of the fun. The club will have a information tent @ Party in Elmwood on Sept. 2 (Embers). We hope to pick up new members or have some former members return. Anyone joining now will be able to attend the last 3 dances of 2020 as a new 2022 member. We have selected 3 outstanding deejays for your entertainment.
Our schedule: Sundays 3:00-6:00
Party info to come:
October 17 - Tailgate Party - DJ Larry "Bigfish" Calhoun, Kingsport, TN
November 14 - RVSC "BAMMYS" Awards Party - DJ Larry & Cindy Black, Virginia Beach, VA
December 12 - Holly Days Party - DJ Frank Price, Rock Hill, SC"
Wednesday, August 11 2021
The deadline to submit your nominations for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards is Friday, August 13, 2021. You should've received your nomination ballot information and if not, we encourage you to reach out to the Carolina Beach Music Academy at: 843-280-9000 or email Bo Gilbert. Also be sure to check your junk email folders just in case. Good luck to all of the industry members and we can't wait to see everyone in November in N. Myrtle Beach.
For full information on the Carolina Beach Music Academy or to become a member, please visit: www.Cammy.org
Sunday, August 01 2021
On July 29, 2021 Dino Fair announced on his Facebook page the end of Sea-Cruz. His post reads:
"IMPORTANT!!! After twenty years I am closing the book on Sea-Cruz. I have re-injured my right arm lifting band equipment. For those that remember, I injured my neck, shoulder, elbow and hand two years ago just before “The Making Waves Cruise” with “Craig and The Embers”. I’m sure they remember me sucking on their stage. I opted not to have surgery because I was not ready to leave the stage. I dealt with my issues long and hard and now I have added a possible detached retina in my future. This decision breaks my heart. You that really know me will realize that this decision does not come easy but it is one that I alone have to make. I have had the honor of working with the best, first 19 years in “The Fantastic Shakers” and lately 20 years with “Sea-Cruz”. I will cherish my memories for the rest of my life. Thanks to Molly Askins Ford and Allie Privette this transition will be somewhat easier because they both want the best for myself and my recovery. Molly and I have been through so much together and I am going to miss backing her as well as Allie. They both “ROCK”. I want to thank all of our clients from all the past years especially “Creek Ratz” who kept us every week for twenty years. I would also like to thank all of you that came to see both bands do our thing. You included us in your families. You invited us to your homes. We played your weddings and you invited us when a loved one passed away. In other words you appreciated us not just by your presence at a performance but you included us in your lives. While I recover know that I am surrounded by friends and family but especially Debbi Bridges Fair, Megan Croft, my two Grandaughters, my Mom and my best friend “Cruz”. On a good note “Mental Case” is recovering nicely and I hope to spend more time with the company and I plan on studio time at home and at “Mental Trax” in Nashville. I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet because of my experiences with all of you and I look forward to an Incredible future with Debbi and Cruz. I love you all and wish you all the brightest of futures. Dino"
We wish him all of the best in his future endeavors as well as his health and we've included his original post below if you'd like to comment on it to send him your well wishes.
From the Sea-Cruz website:
Wednesday, July 28 2021
Little John Thompson has released a video for his new song, "No Matter (Cause Life Has Never Been Better)" that was released previously with Forevermore Music. According to the President of Forevermore (Christopher Biehler), John produced the video and what a great job he did! We've included it for you below and be sure to call your favorite DJs and stations and request the song and to view more music offerings, visit the Forevermore website.
Sunday, July 25 2021
Did you receive your ballot email from the Carolina Beach Music Academy? If you didn't receive it, be sure to contact Bo Gilbert by email or by calling: 843-280-9000 and let him know. The deadline to submit your nominations is August 13, 2021.
**Please note at the bottom of this page the venues, people and/or entities listed below that are not longer eligible to be nominated"
Below you will find the categories available for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards along with their descriptions!
- Producer of the Year
- Michael Branch Award
- Song Writer of the Year
- Female Vocalist of the Year
- Male Vocalist of the Year
- Entertainer of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Group of the Year
- Rising Star Award
- Smoothie - Ballad
- Collaboration of the Year
- Group Album of the Year
- Solo Album of the Year
- Compilation Album of the Year
- National Dance Song
- Live Production Award
- Instrumentalist of the Year
- Music Video of the Year
- Event of the Year
- Shag Club Event of the Year
- Concert Series of the Year
- Club/Mobile DJ of the Year (Richard Nixon Award)
- Club of the Year (Bill Griffin Award)
- LIVE Music Venue of the Year (Cecil Corbett Award)
- Radio Station
- Radio DJ (Ted Bell Award)
- Syndicated Radio Show of the Year
- Radio Show of the Year (Steve Hardy Award)
- Internet Radio "Show"
- Internet Radio "Station"
- Internet Radio DJ
**The following people venues or entities are NOT ELIGIBLE for nomination due to withdrawing their names or because of a Hall of Fame induction.**
AM Radio DJ
FM Radio DJ
FM Radio Station
AM Radio Station
Event of the Year
Internet Radio DJ
Internet Radio Show
Syndicated Radio Show
Tuesday, July 13 2021
if you were planning to join the Carolina Beach Music Academy and you'd like the opportunity to nominate your favorites in the various categories, time is running out. Thursday, July 15, 2021 is the final day to join in order to be eligible to nominate for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards. You can join online by visiting the CBMA website and we also have links setup on the CBMA page here on our website.
Let's make 2021 one to remember and invite your friends to join. Introduce them to the various events throughout the industry and of course the one and only Cammy Weekend in November. Last year was tough for so many within our industry so let's bring everything together for 2021 and have the largest membership to date. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and we thank you for supporting Beach Music and the Carolina Beach Music Academy.
Tuesday, June 22 2021
On June 22, 2021, the Associate of Beach and Shag Club DJ's (ABSCDJs) shared the sad news of the passing of Mike Little on their Facebook page. Their post reads: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of member Mike Little. Mike contributed to our Association as well as to the greater "shag", "music", and "dance" world for many many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends in the times ahead." Friends of Mike are sharing stories and memories on their own social media accounts and we've even read some on Mike's Facebook page. Here at Flip Flop Live, we'd like to extend our condolences to Mike's family and his friends during this time.
If service information is shared, we'll be sure to update this page with that information.
We found the following information on the Carolina Beach Music Academy (CBMA) website:
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.