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SCOOP ON BEACH MUSIC

In the you-learn-something-every-day category comes this news release informing us of the approaching Beach Music Awards.

First off, what is beach music?

We asked Bill Stoller, the man who was helping to coordinate this event in Virginia Beach until the Beach Music Association fell into disarray.

"It's a cool, relaxed sound, derived from R & B, soul and rock, made along the beaches of Virginia and the Carolinas," he says. "It features a shuffled beat, often punctuated with brass and harmonies and positive, upbeat lyrics."

And who are some of its top performers?

They include the Drifters, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, O. C. Smith and Jerry Butler.

An example of the classic songs of this genre include "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward and His Dominoes, and "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters.

So what's going on with the association?

Supposedly, the group was going to stage a Beach Music Awards Showtacular Weekend Aug. 22-26 in Virginia Beach, but the event has been temporarily put on hold. Spokesmen for the group say it is trying to reorganize, and the event still may come off. So keep that weekend open.