Performing icon Greg Rowles to open world-class dinner theatre

 Ruben Lowman  January 24, 2023  CommunityFeaturedLittle RiverLorisNorth Myrtle Beach  Comments Offon

Greg Rowles, veteran performer and South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame inductee, is returning to the big stage in Spring 2024. But not just any stage – “The Greg Rowles Dinner Theatre”. Greg Rowles and family hope to offer an entirely unique setting unlike anything Myrtle Beach has seen. Guests can expect this venue to feature world-class entertainment along with a fine dining experience reminiscent of the retro Vegas showroom style setting.

“I’m excited to be returning to a big, our own big stage, here in Myrtle Beach,” exclaimed Rowles. “I’ve been performing for 44 years professionally with half of that time happening right here along the Grand Strand so this just makes sense”.

In January 2022, Rowles left the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach after 22 seasons to expand his ventures in other venues not knowing where it would all lead. And it seems, his next big curtain call will be under the lights of his own stage, The Greg Rowles Dinner Theatre.

“Over the last year, Brandee, my wife, and I have received an overwhelming welcome from so many amazing people with an array of opportunities to play everywhere from north to south, in homes, restaurants, country clubs and more and we are so grateful,” said Rowles. “I’ve only ever dreamed of creating a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience like this here in Myrtle Beach. Until now, that wasn’t possible until God brought all of the right people together to bring it to fruition.”
While Rowles and his incredible team ramp up to the grand opening of the dinner theatre in Spring 2024, he will continue performing locally until it’s time to make the transition to producing his new stage production.

Renovation will begin soon on the complex that was once home to the Dixie Jubilee, and most recently serving as Valorous Church. A theatre will be resurrected once again to entertain and dine guests after a full scale remodel.

Greg Rowles was born to entertain. Since receiving his first guitar at the age of four, he has performed on stages large and small from Opryland to the Vatican and everything in between. In 1994, Rowles won the “Star Search Male Vocalist of the Year” title.
In 2000, Greg and his young family moved to Myrtle Beach where he was the Goodwill Ambassador and Master of Ceremonies for the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach for 22 seasons. In 2020, he was inducted into the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame along with receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Carolina Country Music Association.

For more information, visit GregRowles.com or follow on Instagram or Facebook.
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GREENVILLE, SC, USA, January 16, 2023

Award Winning Entertainer, Former Alabama Country Band Member Mark Herndon to be the new inductee to the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame founded in 1989 with over 50 inductees to date.

Greenville & Myrtle Beach, SC – South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame will proudly present the Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Mark Herndon.

This prestigious event will take place at The House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC in partnership with the Carolina Country Music Awards on January 21th, 2023.

Filled with milestones, this ceremony will mark the first time inducting at the House of Blues since 2020, their first induction in over 3 years, and one of the few under the direction of Justin Ray Williams, the new Executive Director of the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame. Supported by the new board, they continue their Hall of Fame relaunching efforts throughout the state.

Venue & Event Info: The Carolina Country Music Association presents the Carolina Country Music Awards Show. The 2020 CCMA Show will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023, House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sweet Tea Country from Carolina Country Music Awards is the host presenting awards to Carolina artists in different categories. Local artists from The Carolina’s will take the stage at the House of Blues to perform their song that was featured and aired on the Carolina Artist Showdown in 2022.

Tickets and more info:
Carolina Country Music Awards Show --->>> http://www.carolinaartistshowdown.com/

Contact:
Executive Director, Justin Ray Williams
(
http://www.JustinRayWilliams.com )
Email: Justinw@carolinaFame.org

http://www.CarolinaFame.org

#CarolinaFame
Hall of Fame Inductee:
Mark Herndon
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GREENVILLE, SC, USA, January 2, 2020
 
South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony of Award Winning Entertainer Greg Rowles & Legendary Country Songwriter Zack Turner.

Greenville & Myrtle Beach, SC – South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame will proudly present the Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Greg Rowles & Zack Turner.
This prestigious event will take place at The House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC during the Carolina Country Music Awards on January 25th, 2020.

Filled with milestones, this ceremony will mark the first time inducting at the House of Blues, their first induction in over 6 years, and the first under the direction of Justin Ray Williams, the new Executive Director of the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame. Supported by the new board, they continue their Hall of Fame relaunching efforts throughout the state.

Venue & Event Info:
The Carolina Country Music Association presents the Carolina Country Music Awards Show. The 2020 CCMA Show will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020, House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Jimmy-G and Sweet Tea from Carolina Country 93.9 WMIR are your hosts presenting awards to Carolina artists in nine different categories. Local artists from The Carolina’s will take the stage at the House of Blues to perform their song that was featured and aired on the Carolina Artist Showdown in 2019.

Live performances by Cody Webb, Cliff Wheeler Band, The Blue Pickups, Kevin Nichols, Ryan Trotti, Faith Bardill and many more with special guest Greg Rowles from The Alabama Theater, Legendary Country singer-songwriter Zack Turner, Damien Horne from NewNorth and Chief Meteorologist at WBTW-TV. More artist announcements coming soon.

Tickets and more info: Carolina Country Music Awards Show --->>>
http://www.carolinaartistshowdown.com/

Contact:
Executive Director, Justin Ray Williams (
http://www.JustinRayWilliams.com )
Email: Justinw@carolinaFame.org
Phone: 864-345-7925

http://www.CarolinaFame.org

#CarolinaFame
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Zack Turner
Greg Rowles
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Rising up from the Ashes: 01/2019


The South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame
In the blink of an eye, priceless South Carolina history went up in flames. This guitar. That jacket. These letters.

When the South Carolina
Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame burned to the ground in 2012, the state lost an important treasure too soon. Now, an effort is underway to bring the SC Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame back, bigger and better.

The Hidden Side of Fame
The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization was developed to honor natives and people with strong connections to Carolina who have achieved national success. However, fame is just the bar for entry. Founder Dr. David Godbold had a vision of honoring those who’ve used their success to improve the South Carolina communities they are connected to, or even the entire state. Oftentimes their off-stage giving goes unnoticed.

So much of what we learn about South Carolina’s most prominent entertainers is fueled by sensationalism and money. Most of the public does not hear the story of the musician who goes back to his hometown with a donation of thousands of pairs of socks for people in need. The resources, visibility and our entertainers have brought back to their communities often does not get the recognition it deserves.

The path to success is also an important theme among inductees. “You don’t hear about the time people have spent sleeping in their cars and doing $100 shows just trying to make a living and a name for themselves,” Godbold has noted. Before fame was ever on the horizon, many of our inductees have overcame significant life challenges even beyond the tough road of building their careers.

Hall of Fame Ambition

Just like the people it recognizes, the plan for the SC Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame was bold from the beginning. That vision is expanding under the New Executive Director Justin Ray Williams.

Plans for its new iteration are even more ambitious. They include a public presence that will match the lofty aspirations of its founders and its honorees, from a state-of-the-art exhibition space to a rousing annual induction ceremony, monthly events, weekly radio program, Roku/Fire Tv channels, Hall of Fame entertainment conferences and holding educational workshops on South Carolina’s deep entertainment history along the way.

South Carolina was the first state selected to have an Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on National TV. CBS/TNN along with Producer Jim Owens, a major entertainment executive, helped Godbold pull off the biggest show in Hall of Fame history. Proceeding this was the induction of the super group, Marshall Tucker Band. This event turned into a Southern Rock reunion that was hosted by Charlie Daniels.

“As we’re saying to everyone who will listen, our goal is to keep the South Carolina entertainment and music legends in the minds and hearts of all who visit the Hall of Fame, as well as propel up and coming artists toward Hall of Fame status by having regular events and concerts.”

The new venue is set to be located in the Downtown Greenville area, a business center that in recent years has been growing in notoriety as an arts and entertainment destination. The city’s bustling downtown – itself a source of national notoriety for the state – was the obvious choice for Williams and the board. Artifacts that escaped the fire only because they were still in storage will be put on the display, and the Hall of Fame is renewing the effort to grow the collection.

Ongoing events that work for artists have been a longstanding vision for Williams, who has worked in entertainment for more than two decades. BMI award-winning singer and songwriter Zack Turner is also at helm keeping entertainers’ needs central to the organization.

With a growing team of active supporters, the future of a Hall of Fame lies in the hands of the community. The South Carolina Hall of Fame has reflected the creativity, determination and enthusiasm that comes from South Carolina people. With ongoing support, it will enter the next phase as a rallying point for many of the state’s biggest champions, famous or otherwise.


Jennifer Oladipo
Media Partner for The SC Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame

 
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NEW BOARD MEMBER ADDED 08/06/2019

(Greenville, SC) - 08/06/2019

SC Entertainment & Music Hall Of Fame adds a new board member - CHRISTY “SWEET TEA” ANDRULONIS to
Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame SC

Christy Andrulonis, known as “Sweet Tea Country” on the Radio, is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. Sweet Tea has been entertaining country music listeners for over a decade and currently hosts the afternoon shift on Carolina Country (100.1 WFAY in Fayetteville and 93.9 WMIR in Myrtle Beach).

In addition to her extensive on-air work, she’s also the Executive Director of the Carolina Country Music Association, an industry trade group for singers, songwriters, musicians, and country music fans. She produces and hosts the Carolina Country Music Awards at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach each January. She is also the Vice President of Colonial Media + Entertainment and Andrulonis Media, Company’s Radio Group operates 21 Radio stations (4 AM/13 FM + 4 HD Radio digital simulcasts) in five markets over four states. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Company’s offerings include Carolina Country 100.1 WFAY (Country) and The River / 106.5 WMRV (Adult Hits). In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Company owns Carolina Country 93.9 WMIR (Country), 99.9 WNMB (Adult Hits), and Rejoice 1200AM/103.5FM (Gospel). The Company’s Olean Radio Group division is based in Olean, New York, and includes Eagle 96.7 (Country) and The Mountain (Adult Hits). Colonial’s Quaker State Broadcasting division is based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and includes Eagle 103.9 (Country) and The Mountain / 106.3 WXMT (Adult Hits). And in Georgetown, South Carolina, the Company owns 93.7 Rejoice FM (Gospel).

 
As they say on the Radio, “Everybody needs a little sunshine and Sweet Tea in their life!”

She’s a true Southern belle who loves hospitality and fun!

 
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NEW BOARD MEMBER ADDED 08/06/2019

(Greenville, SC) - 08/06/2019

SC Entertainment & Music Hall Of Fame adds a new board member - CHRISTY “SWEET TEA” ANDRULONIS to
Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame SC

Christy Andrulonis, known as “Sweet Tea Country” on the Radio, is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. Sweet Tea has been entertaining country music listeners for over a decade and currently hosts the afternoon shift on Carolina Country (100.1 WFAY in Fayetteville and 93.9 WMIR in Myrtle Beach).

In addition to her extensive on-air work, she’s also the Executive Director of the Carolina Country Music Association, an industry trade group for singers, songwriters, musicians, and country music fans. She produces and hosts the Carolina Country Music Awards at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach each January. She is also the Vice President of Colonial Media + Entertainment and Andrulonis Media, Company’s Radio Group operates 21 Radio stations (4 AM/13 FM + 4 HD Radio digital simulcasts) in five markets over four states. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Company’s offerings include Carolina Country 100.1 WFAY (Country) and The River / 106.5 WMRV (Adult Hits). In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Company owns Carolina Country 93.9 WMIR (Country), 99.9 WNMB (Adult Hits), and Rejoice 1200AM/103.5FM (Gospel). The Company’s Olean Radio Group division is based in Olean, New York, and includes Eagle 96.7 (Country) and The Mountain (Adult Hits). Colonial’s Quaker State Broadcasting division is based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and includes Eagle 103.9 (Country) and The Mountain / 106.3 WXMT (Adult Hits). And in Georgetown, South Carolina, the Company owns 93.7 Rejoice FM (Gospel).

 
As they say on the Radio, “Everybody needs a little sunshine and Sweet Tea in their life!”

She’s a true Southern belle who loves hospitality and fun!

 
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The Hall of Fame lost all of it memorabilia in the Georgetown fire years ago and we continue to grow and replace articles from many of the inductees. Read more....

After Downtown Fire, a Historic South Carolina City Ponders Its Next Steps. 

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Marshall Tucker Band Looks Back to 1995 for ‘Live! From Spartanburg’ Album
The latest release from the Marshall Tucker Band is definitely a slice of history. "Live! From Spartanburg, South Carolina" is a recording that documents the group's 1995 induction into the South…

By Chuck Dauphin 10/7/2013

The latest release from the Marshall Tucker Band is definitely a slice of history. “Live! From Spartanburg, South Carolina” is a recording that documents the group’s 1995 induction into the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame. Early reviews have been positive, and lead singer and founding member Doug Gray says the fans have been very receptive to the album.

“One of the most important things about the record is that they say it takes them back to a particular moment,” he told Billboard. “Actually, that was the feeling we were looking for on just about every record.”

Gray says the album is not just a tribute to members like Tommy and Toy Caldwell, who died in 1980 and 1993, respectively, but those on the album who have since passed. “When you hear people like Hughie Thomasson from the Outlaws who’s no longer with us, or our own George McCorkle, who died in 2007, it’s all very special. I couldn’t have asked for anything any better. It’s fresh. Even though it’s old. I thought it was as good of a record that we could have put. out – without many changes. There were probably less than five little things that needed to be fixed, and nothing musically. That’s something you can’t say about records today,” he says proudly.
Gray has strong memories of getting the call that the band was going to be enshrined. “We were somewhere on the road, and I forget the guy’s name who called, but he said ‘We want to induct you into the Hall of Fame. What would you like to do that would make it extraordinary?’ I said ‘Just us showing up would be good.’ He asked us what we would like to do, and of course, we said ‘Go back to Spartanburg, SC, where we all went to High School or Junior High School, and where we grew up. These people were following us around everywhere. We decided to make a special night of it.”

Gray says he is glad that they made the decision to record the ceremony / concert, though he wasn’t sure what they were going to do with it. “We got a truck to come in – not anticipating the real recording of it, but the fact that we didn’t know what was going to happen. We truly didn’t. And, with all these entertainers coming up for it, we knew we were going to have some great musicians. People came from as far as away as California for it. They wanted to be a part of it. We put on a great show. That was two or three wives ago, and certainly before one of my kids were born,” he said with a chuckle. “We just had a great time. Everybody got to hang around in the afternoon, and it made for a peaceful and easy night. We all went our separate ways, and luckily we had an opportunity to live with that same family many times after that – until some of them passed away. This is a memorial to those special people.”

Those relationships – and memories become more special over the years, as Gray relates. “Charlie Daniels and I talk about that when we see each other. We were in the studio, and started thinking about all the people were on stage with that night – and they’re gone. All of these people touched my life. For me to be able to put this out – even though some of those people are gone, I think it’s a tribute to how we were a family. I think it all goes together, and carries on what we started in those eight years that we were together as the Marshall Tucker Band.”
What lies ahead next for the band? Gray says “there’s a lot of stuff in the can from the original band, and a few movies that some of the songs will be in next year. We’re preparing to go on a couple of cruises, and play music. I have nothing but a lot of happy and smiley faces right now.”


Apple Music- Hall of Fame Concert (Live) by The Marshall Tucker Band
https://music.apple.com/us/album/hall-of-fame-concert-live/1214132964
 
Amazon Music - Hall of Fame Concert (Live) by The Marshall Tucker Band
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHHRHL4?pf_rd_p=183f5289-9dc0-416f-942e-e8f213ef368b&pf_rd_r=3CR7YVTCBCF8741MYFHM

 
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THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND RELEASES


THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND RELEASES LIVE SOUTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CONCERT RECORDINGS: LIVE! FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA
by
MRM • May 28, 2013

 
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND RELEASES LIVE
SOUTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CONCERT RECORDINGS: LIVE! FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA
Live Recordings from 1995 South Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Concert Available Today
Album Features MTB Performing Hits Songs with Musical Accompaniment
from Charlie Daniels, Members of The Allman Brothers Band, The Outlaws,
Firefall and Wet Willie
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 28, 2013) – Southern Rock icons THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND (MTB) have gone into the vault and emerged with never-before-heard live concert recordings from their 1995 South Carolina Music Hall of Fame induction.

LIVE! FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA is available for purchase today, May 28, 2013, exclusively from Shout! Factory.
The eleven-track album, recorded live on September 19, 1995 at Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Memorial Auditorium, features the MTB performing their biggest hits with musical accompaniment from Charlie Daniels, Jamioe and Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band, The Outlaws, Firefall and Wet Willie.

“The day this concert was recorded was a very big day for Marshall Tucker,” says MTB lead singer and founding member Doug Gray.  ”Fans have waited a long time for this live recording with so many of our musical friends.”

On the album, fans can expect unreleased live versions of MTB classics including, “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In A Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain” and “24 Hours At A Time.”

Forty-one years ago, the MTB was founded in Spartanburg, SC. The 5x Gold, 3x Platinum-selling Southern Rock group has sold more than 15 million albums to date. MTB songs have been featured in major motion picture films and television series including Blow, The Box, Swing Vote, Half Nelson, My Name Is Earl, Cold Case and Good Guys. CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song . The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. Recently, UltimateClassicRock.com crowned the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #1 Greatest Southern Rock song ever recorded.

For additional information on The Marshall Tucker Band, visit 
www.marshalltuckerband.com.
LIVE! FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA Track Listing:
1.  Heard It In A Love Song
2.  This Ol’ Cowboy
3.  Long Hard Ride
4.  Desert Skies
5.  Searchin’ For A Rainbow
6.  Fire On The Mountain
7.  24 Hours At A Time
8.  In My Own Way
9.  Ramblin’
10.  Askin’ Too Much Of You
11.  Can’t You See
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http://www.musicrecallmagazine.com/press/the-marshall-tucker-band-releases-live-album/

Apple Music- Hall of Fame Concert (Live) by The Marshall Tucker Band

https://music.apple.com/us/album/hall-of-fame-concert-live/1214132964
 
Amazon Music - Hall of Fame Concert (Live) by The Marshall Tucker Band
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHHRHL4?pf_rd_p=183f5289-9dc0-416f-942e-e8f213ef368b&pf_rd_r=3CR7YVTCBCF8741MYFHM

 
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ROB THOMAS Singer joins S.C. Hall of Fame 2001

Matchbox twenty lead singer and songwriter Rob Thomas is the newest - and youngest - member of the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, taking his place with such greats as James Brown and Dizzy Gillespie.
''It's all official,'' Thomas, 29, said as he looked at the certificate signed by Gov. Jim Hodges. The certificate was presented to him at a concert in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

He was formally inducted by Dr. David Godbold, executive director of the Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach, as its 58th member. His display will be placed between jazz great Gillespie, of Cheraw, and soul singer Brown, an Aiken native. Thomas grew up in Lake City, Turbeville and Columbia. He and his wife, Marisol, live near New York City.


Staff Writer
Herald-Journal
April 25th, 2001

 
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H*4047 Concurrent Resolution, By J. Hines and Snow A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE THE LATE BUDDY JOHNSON AND HIS SISTER, ELLA JOHNSON, BOTH OF DARLINGTON COUNTY- 2001

H*4047 Concurrent Resolution, By J. Hines and Snow A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE THE LATE BUDDY JOHNSON AND HIS SISTER, ELLA JOHNSON, BOTH OF DARLINGTON COUNTY, FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIELD OF MUSIC ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INDUCTION INTO THE SOUTH CAROLINA MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT HALL OF FAME, AND THE UNVEILING OF A HISTORICAL MARKER ON THE GROUNDS OF MAYO HIGH SCHOOL WHICH CHRONICLES THEIR CAREERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. 05/01/01 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-28 05/02/01 Senate Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence SJ-5

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO RECOGNIZE THE LATE BUDDY JOHNSON AND HIS SISTER, ELLA JOHNSON, BOTH OF DARLINGTON COUNTY, FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIELD OF MUSIC ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INDUCTION INTO THE SOUTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME, AND THE UNVEILING OF A HISTORICAL MARKER ON THE GROUNDS OF MAYO HIGH SCHOOL WHICH CHRONICLES THEIR CAREERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
Whereas, the brother and sister musical duo of Buddy (Woodrow Wilson) and Ella Johnson was born in Darlington County; and
Whereas, Buddy, a renowned composer, conductor, and pianist, who led the Buddy Johnson Orchestra, was born on January 10, 1915, and died in 1977; and
Whereas, Ella, whose singing became as much a trademark of the Buddy Johnson Orchestra as her brother's piano playing, was born on June 22, 1923, and resides in New York City; and
Whereas, both Buddy and Ella graduated from Mayo High School in Darlington County; and
Whereas, the Buddy Johnson Orchestra was a fourteen piece orchestra in the mid 1940's and by 1950 had seventeen members; and
Whereas, Buddy and Ella Johnson enjoyed great success with songs such as: "When My Man Comes Home", which gained recognition as a #1 hit on all national charts in 1944; "Since I Fell For You"; "Stop Pretending"; "Please Mr. Johnson"; and the clever tune "Fine Brown Frame", which for many years was played in every town that booked the orchestra; and
Whereas, the Buddy Johnson Orchestra was a popular attraction for many years at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City; and
Whereas, Buddy and Ella achieved great success on the following recording labels: Classics, 1939-1942; Decca, 1942-1952; and Mercury, 1953-1964; and
Whereas, Buddy Johnson will be inducted into the South Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 19, 2001, during a ceremony conducted at his alma mater, Mayo High School in Darlington County; and
Whereas, on that date a historical marker also will be unveiled on the campus of Mayo High School which recognizes the accomplishments of both Buddy and Ella Johnson; and
Whereas, it is fitting and proper for the members of the General Assembly to pause in their deliberations to recognize the exceptional talents and accomplishments of this son and daughter of our great State. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognize the late Buddy Johnson and his sister, Ella Johnson, both of Darlington County, for their exceptional talents and accomplishments in the field of music on the occasion of his induction into the South Carolina Music Hall of Fame and the unveiling of a historical marker on the grounds of Mayo High School which chronicles their careers in the music industry.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Ms. Ella Johnson and the family of the late Buddy Johnson.

 
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Bill Pinkney is a native son of South Carolina "DRIFTERS" 1999

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO COMMEND BILL PINKNEY, A NATIVE OF DALZELL WHO NOW LIVES IN SUMTER, FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARILY SUCCESSFUL FORTY-SIX YEAR MUSICAL AND ENTERTAINMENT CAREER AS A VOCAL ARTIST AND AS THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE ORIGINAL "DRIFTERS".

Whereas, Bill Pinkney is a native son of South Carolina, born in Dalzell, and now living in Sumter; and
Whereas, he volunteered for the United States Army at age seventeen and took part in the Normandy Invasion, fighting his way across Europe, earning four Bronze Stars and a Presidential Citation; and
Whereas, after the war, Bill Pinkney became an outstanding player with the New York Blue Sox of the Negro Baseball League; and
Whereas, while in New York, Bill Pinkney and others, including renowned South Carolina vocal artist the late Brook Benton, first formed and performed as "The Southern Knights" gospel quartet; and
Whereas, shortly thereafter, he met and became friends with well-known vocalist, the late Clyde McPhatter, and together they founded "The Drifters" vocal group; and
Whereas, "The Drifters", beginning with the song "Money Honey" on the Atlantic label in 1953 became one of the most beloved, durable, prolific, and popular rhythm and blues groups the world has ever known; and
Whereas, even today almost forty-six years later, Bill Pinkney, as leader of "Bill Pinkney and the Original Drifters", continues to entertain, enthrall, and delight audiences and fans, and as such, continues as an outstanding ambassador of good will from the Palmetto State; and
Whereas, his music has been and continues to be a positive force for bringing together people of diverse background, race, religion, sex, and age; and
Whereas, Bill Pinkney has never lost or forsaken his deep roots, embracing love of God and love of country, and regularly includes gospel and patriotic selections in his performances; and
Whereas, he has been awarded "The Order of the Palmetto", the highest civilian award bestowed by the State of South Carolina, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame; and
Whereas, a public park in Dalzell has been developed and named in his honor; and
Whereas, this year, Bill Pinkney is celebrating the forty-sixth anniversary of the founding of "The Drifters"; and
Whereas, he has led an exemplary life of dedication as a soldier patriot, gospel vocalist, athlete, and popular music superstar and legend; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, would like to honor this extraordinary American and South Carolinian for his truly exemplary career which has touched the lives of countless individuals throughout the world. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, commend Bill Pinkney, a native of Dalzell who now lives in Sumter, for his extraordinarily successful forty-six year musical and entertainment career as a vocal artist and as the co-founder of the original "Drifters".
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Bill Pinkney.

 
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A SENATE RESOLUTION 1999
TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR ONE OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S MOST FAMOUS NATIVE DAUGHTERS, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST, NANCY O'DELL, FOR HER TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIELDS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND JOURNALISM AND TO THANK HER FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

 

S. 1079
A SENATE RESOLUTION

Whereas, Nancy O'Dell has a well-earned reputation as one of America's leading entertainment journalists and has been honored with three Associated Press awards, two Society of Professional Journalists awards, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee; and
Whereas, she currently co-anchors the widely watched program "Access Hollywood". In addition, Nancy O'Dell contributes reports to the NBC News's "Today" show and "Dateline". She was part of the original on-air team that launched "Access Hollywood" in 1996, serving as weekend co-anchor and weekday correspondent until becoming lead co-anchor in January 1999; and
Whereas, a native of Horry County, she was inducted into the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1998 as the youngest member ever in recognition of her journalistic success. A star bearing her name can be found on the Myrtle Beach Sun Fun Festival Walk of Fame. Always a strong student, she was valedictorian of her high school class and is a summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University; and
Whereas, Ms. O'Dell began her broadcast career as a reporter and anchor at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach and later worked as morning news anchor and crime reporter at WCBD-TV in Charleston. Following her work in Charleston, O'Dell served as co-anchor and investigative reporter for NBC's Miami station, WTVJ-TV, before joining "Access Hollywood"; and
Whereas, during the 2004 election cycle, she was requested by First Lady Laura Bush to conduct an extended television interview with Mrs. Bush. Additionally, she interviewed Chris Heinz, stepson of Democratic challenger John Kerry, as well as First Daughters Barbara and Jenna Bush. Throughout the 2004 election cycle, Ms. O'Dell contributed reports and offered commentary on multiple media outlets, including MSNBC and CNN; and
Whereas, while earning her reputation as one of the preeminent entertainment broadcast journalists, Nancy O'Dell has additionally appeared in numerous television series and films. She has appeared in "Scream 2", "Scream 3", and "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat". She has guest starred on several television programs including "Charmed", "Joey", "Third Watch", "Beverly Hills, 90210", "Days of Our Lives", "Melrose Place", "General Hospital", "Just Shoot Me", and "Ally McBeal"; and
Whereas, although she maintains a busy work schedule, she regularly makes time for philanthropic endeavors including the American Red Cross's National Celebrity Cabinet, and is the National Ambassador Program celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes, and the Celebrity Ambassador for Childhelp USA, an organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected children; and
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina Senate, by this resolution, would like to commend this truly outstanding lady for her many accomplishments as a journalist and entertainer and thank her on behalf of the citizens of her native State for her many professional successes and individual good works which have benefited so many South Carolinians and Americans. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the Senate recognize and honor one of South Carolina's most famous native daughters, entertainment journalist, Nancy O'Dell, for her tremendous accomplishments in the fields of entertainment and journalism and thank her for being such a wonderful goodwill ambassador for the State of South Carolina.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Nancy O'Dell.


S*1079 Resolution, By Rankin A SENATE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR ONE OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S MOST FAMOUS NATIVE DAUGHTERS, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST, NANCY O'DELL, FOR HER TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FIELDS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND JOURNALISM AND TO THANK HER FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. 01/25/06 Senate Introduced and adopted SJ-2
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1998, Joe Pinner was inducted into the South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame.

S. 664
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR JOE PINNER FOR HIS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PALMETTO STATE AND TO CONGRATULATE HIM UPON HIS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY WITH WIS TV.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly are pleased to learn that Joe Pinner will be honored for fifty years of dedicated service to WIS TV and to the citizens of the Midlands at an event in his honor on May 27, 2013; and
Whereas, when he was fifteen years old, Joe Pinner began his career in broadcasting at radio stations in New Bern and Morehead City, North Carolina; and
Whereas, after his graduation from high school, he worked at Chapel Hill's radio station WCHL, while attending the University of North Carolina, and then he returned home to New Bern to continue his broadcasting career; and
Whereas, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1955 where he joined WMBR-TV/Radio. He then served in the United States Army for two years and was stationed at Fort Jackson, where he managed the Armed Forces Radio station WFJX; and
Whereas, after completing his military service, he returned to Jacksonville until joining WIS TV in 1963, and since then he has served at various times as anchor of The 7:00 Report, weatherman for WIS Live at Five, co-host of WIS News Midday, and host of The Mr. Knozit Show; and
Whereas, in the 1960s, Joe Pinner began to delight children in the Midlands with The Mr. Knozit Show, for which he received the national George Foster Peabody award in 1967, and over the years those children, now adults, grew to depend on his reporting on WIS; and
Whereas, although he now enjoys semi-retirement, he still remains active at the station and can be seen on various newscasts on Friday's, thus our Mr. Knozit has become our "Joe Friday"; and
Whereas, his countless awards from around the State have included the South Carolina Tourism Award from the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce in 1976 for his contribution to the growth and development of the tourism industry in South Carolina, appointment as "Emperor" of Little Mountain in 1982, initiation into Omicron Kappa Delta at Columbia College as an honorary member in 1990, and the addition of his star to The Celebrity Walk of Fame in Myrtle Beach in 1993; and
Whereas, in 1993, he received the Masters Award from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, an award which honors individuals for distinguished careers as on-air broadcasters in South Carolina, and in 1998, he was inducted into the South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame; and
Whereas, in 1982, Governor Richard Riley named Joe Pinner to the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor. In 1993 for service to the State, Governor Carroll Campbell awarded him the honor again upon the celebration of his thirtieth anniversary with WIS; and upon semi-retirement in 2000, he received the award a third time for his work as "Mr. Knozit" from Governor Jim Hodges; and
Whereas, among his numerous public service commitments, he serves on the Philharmonic's Advisory Council, and as narrator and master of ceremonies for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra youth concerts, is a member of the Blythewood Cultural Arts Association, and as an ambassador of Honor Flight SC; and
Whereas, he is a member of the Media Club, Some Legendary Old Broadcasters (SLOBS), Greater Columbia Community Relations Luncheon Club, Friday the 13th Club, and Trinity United Methodist Church choir in Blythewood; and
Whereas, together with his beloved his wife, Peggy, he reared two fine sons, Michael and Gregg, who blessed their parents with four devoted grandchildren; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly appreciate the dedication with which Joe Pinner has served his community and the State and wish him continued success in all his future endeavors. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, recognize and honor Joe Pinner for his outstanding contributions to the Palmetto State and congratulate him upon his golden anniversary with WIS TV.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Joe Pinner.
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Garland, MacDowell, Smith headed to S.C. Entertainment and Music hall of fame.
 

BY: JOSE FRANCO- June 26, 1998

He was a mill town boy who revolutionized rock 'n' roll.
Now, Clifton native Hank Garland, 68, who recorded "Sugarfoot Rag" and worked with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee, is finally being honored by his home state.

Garland, along with Gaffney native Andie MacDowell and WSPA-AM radio great Arthur Smith, will be inducted into the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Association's Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach July 12. Greenville band Cravin' Melon will receive the South Carolina Musicians of the Year award. WROQ Rock 101 morning show hosts John Boy and Billy will receive South Carolina's Top Radio Show of the Year award. Emcees will be singer Debby Boone and actor Barry Williams of "The Brady Bunch" fame. The event will be held at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach. Smith, a native of Clinton, co-authored "Feudin' Banjos," which became popularized as "Dueling Banjos" in the film "Deliverance." He also developed the idea for "Guitar Boogie," which was released in 1947. Smith spent 20 years on television hosting a variety show broadcast all over the South. At the time of his car accident in 1961, Garland, at 31, was the most recorded guitarist in music. He recorded with singers Brenda Lee, the Everly Brothers, Orbison and Presley. He played the shimmering guitar intro for Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces." Garland also designed the Byrdland guitar, one of Gibson's most popular instruments.

Garland's guitar style helped define the Nashville sound in the 1960s. "He's a mill hill boy that the good Lord blessed with music," said Bill Garland, Hank's brother. "He was one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived." Bill Trader, chairman of the Awards Committee of the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, worked with Garland and Presley on the song "A Fool Such As I." "Hank was the best in the country without a doubt," Trader said. "He was so versatile. He was an extraordinary jazz man and it made him the envy of Nashville." Trader said Garland's award should have come a long time ago. "There will never be another like Hank," he said. "If he hadn't been in that wreck, he would be up their with the greatest guitar players of all time." Today, Hank, who is in declining health, lives in Orange Park, Fla., with his brother Billy. "He's such a humble person," said Hank's niece Shiela Scruggs of Chesnee. "He sat around for 25 years and didn't expect anything. It humbled him. He's very proud."
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Southern rockers honored Marshall Tucker Band makes hall of fame.

Staff Writer - Herald-Journal - Published September 20, 1995

It was good to be from Spartanburg and good to remember the old days Tuesday, as the state and the music industry honored the Marshall Tucker Band with speeches, mayoral proclamations and good old Southern rock.

A packed house at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium got to its feet time after time to cheer the '70s-era rockers who - as country music legend Charlie Daniels pointed out - brought a little bit of Spartanburg, at least for a while, to the world. "There's not a corner of this world where the Marshall Tucker Band is not known," Daniels told a raucous crowd. "And they've taken Spartanburg along with them." The band that helped pioneer the Southern rock genre became the 22nd act to be inducted into the S.C. Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame.

The members joined musicians James Brown and Chubby Checker and even letter-turner Vanna White as honored representatives of the Palmetto state's entertainment. The cheering throng has aged a bit from the band's glory days, and many of the old rockers are now parents. Some of the performers showed a little gray in their hair, and there were more mini-vans in the parking lot than there were jacked-up Camaros. But the music had an ever-young beat, and the fans were appreciative as the band rolled through "Heard It in a Love Song," "Desert Sky," and "Fire On the Mountain." Jamming right along from their seats were 39-year-old Arlen Johnson, a former teen-ager, and his soon-to-be-teen-ager, Ricky, 12. Both sported matching pony tails, although dad's showed hints of silver. "I just wanted him to know what we used to listen to. The music they listen to today isn't the same," said Johnson, as he and his son waited for the show to start. "He asked me, `Is it country? Is it rap?' and I said, `Naw, it's Southern rock.' " Dancing in the lobby was Jill Bowers, who grew up listening to the Marshall Tucker Band in Pittsburgh. She was holding her hands over the ears of her 41/2-month-old daughter, Rayna Sky Bowers. The tot was asleep.

The evening was thick with nostalgia and touched on some bittersweet memories. Daniels, who hosted the event, donned his reading glasses and got a little misty as he read dedications he wrote for two deceased band members, Tommy and Toy Caldwell. He had to pause to wipe away the tears while he read one dedication to Toy, "Though that guitar's been silenced for good, it's so hard to believe you are gone .... I miss you old friend. There's a piece of my heart that will never belong to anyone else but you." Then from the somber moments, the evening came back with some heart-felt thanks from living band members and a reunion concert that featured former members, new members, Daniels as well as performers from the Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, the Outlaws and Firefall, all Southern rock performers. And the players rocked on, jamming to a funky, free-form version of "This Old Cowboy" that had to make some wonder why it all slipped into the past, and why disco ever caught on. Original Atex file name: REUNIO.N1

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