Renowned Sports Guru Shares Interest for Beach Music in New Book

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Howie Thompson launches “And The Bands Played On...: The History of Beach Music”

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Howie “Coach” Thompson is a man for all seasons. He won numerous Awards for coaching, including three consecutive Adidas/NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards, two HS and Youth State Sportsmanship Awards, and in 2002 won the Adidas/NSCAA National Coach of the Year Award. No wonder he has been elected to the Who’s Who of American Teachers and Coaches aside from the Who’s Who of Insurance Executives. Having written several sports books, he has also forayed into music literature with his book “Fat Harold: The Legendary King of Shag.” Not resting on his laurels, Thompson follows it up with his newly published book: And The Bands Played On...The History of Beach Music.

The book is literary work about a regional musical genre that developed from various musical styles of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Carolina beach music, as it is sometimes called, has a wide variety of interesting musical styles and influences, ranging from big-band swing instrumentals to the more raucous sounds of blues/jump blues, jazz, doo-wop, boogie, rhythm and blues, reggae, rockabilly, and old-time rock and roll. Beach music is closely associated with the style of the swing dance known as the shag or the Carolina shag, which is also the official state dance of both North Carolina and South Carolina; hence the name.

Knowing full well that his project is not only a literary work, but a legacy, Thompson begins his project by taking the advice of H. Lee Brown—to talk to Billy Scott, whose ears and heart were made for rhythm and blues and beach music. Thompson did pick Scott’s brain for ideas, experiences and invaluable insights which serve as a perfect springboard for his book. From there, he shares stories of legends, friends, the many men and women, and the bands behind the music. He traces where to Roberts Pavilion, it all began and walks readers through the history, while spicing the experience up with interesting photographs and memories.

Well-researched, well-documented, and with many revealing inside stories and personal testimonies, And The Bands Played On...The History of Beach Music is a treasure trove of historical facts, musical culture and talents that every beach music aficionado will cherish. For a few others, a sports coach venturing into music and history may seem like probing into foreign territories. However, Thompson shatters that paradigm and once again has proven that he is indeed a man for all seasons.

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About the Author
Howie Thompson was born in Darien, Connecticut on January 11, 1949. He has been involved in sports from the early age of eight and started coaching at 16 years old. Thompson graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. At 32, he completed his Master’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University and worked as a sales representative for Metropolitan Life Insurance. Thompson presently lives in Little River, South Carolina and still lives there today in the River Hills Community. He has written three other books: The Complete Guide to Youth Soccer, A Game for All Seasons and Overtime: the Legend of Trey “Shooter” Parrish.

And The Bands Played On... * by Howie Thompson
The History of Beach Music
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 304 pages; 978-1-4797-8697-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 304 pages; 978-1-4797-8698-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-8699-2

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