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Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion

 
 
Roberts Pavilion Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
1. Roberts Pavilion Face of Marker
Inscription.
Roberts Pavilion
1936–1954
The Roberts Pavilion, built in 1936 by William Roberts, was an early open-air oceanfront pavilion on the Grand Strand. The rhythm & blues of the post-World War II era—later called beach music—was played on jukeboxes here and at other popular pavilions on the beach. At these pavilions dancers perfected the Shag, named the state dance in 1984. Beach music was named the state popular music in 2001.

Ocean Drive Pavilion
Roberts Pavilion was one of several local pavilions destroyed by Hurricane Hazel on October 15, 1954. Ocean Drive Pavilion was built here 1955-1957 with salvaged timbers and the same foundation. This area is still called Ocean Drive or “O.D.” although it was consolidated into North Myrtle Beach in 1968. O.D. is home to the Shaggers’ Hall of Fame, and the pavilion hosts shag events from April to November.
 
Erected 2007 by The O.D. Pavilion Social Shag Club. (Marker Number 26-18.)
 
Location. 33° 49.122′ N, 78° 40.35′ W. Marker is in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Main Street, on the right when traveling north
Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
2. Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion Marker
on Ocean Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Myrtle Beach SC 29582, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sonny’s Pavilion (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort Randall (approx. 2.1 miles away); Chestnut Consolidated School (approx. 2.4 miles away); Atlantic Beach (approx. 2.8 miles away); George Whitefield (approx. 3.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Rebecca Randall Bryan (approx. 5.2 miles away); Washington’s Southern Tour (approx. 6.4 miles away); Boundary House (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Carolina Shag. “The roots of shag can be found in the cross-pollination of black music and club dancers in Myrtle Beach with the natural openness of a fun-loving and carefree group of ’40s white teenagers. The racially myopic mainstream radio stations of the ’40s South did not play black music. The kids had to flock to the beaches to hear it on jukeboxes. Dancing on the beach (sand) helped change this dance as well, where it gets its nickname ‘Beach Dancing’ and/or ‘Beach Music.’ ” (Submitted on January 14, 2008.) 

2. Carolina Shag History. “If you are from the South, and you do swing dance, you do the Carolina Shag. It
Marker is At the Foot of Main Street image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
3. Marker is At the Foot of Main Street
On the right of the photograph is Main Street heading inland from the beach. Photographer is at the parking lot at the foot of Main Street with the ocean behind him.
is THE swing dance of the south. Moreover, Shag is imbibed with a certain mystique. As one old-timer describes it, ‘Shag is a warm night with a cold beer and a hot date.’ Even without the beer, Shag carries with it the nostalgia of cool wind and ocean waves on a warm summer’s night, hand in hand with someone you like a lot.” (Submitted on January 14, 2008.) 

3. OD Pavilion Social & Shag Club Web Site. Wait a few seconds after you load this page to hear a typical Shag dance song through your computer speakers from the early days of the Shag. (Submitted on January 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

4. Save the Last Dance for Me: A love Story of the Shag. This 2012 book by Phil Sawyer and Tom Poland starts with an in-depth history Shag dancing. “ ‘Instead of jumping up and down, they wanted to move side to side and swing their hips.’ [Myrtle Beach] city fathers sent the police to arrest the hip shakers for indecent exposure. ‘Night after night,’ said Jack Thompson, ‘the popular dancers were dragged off the dance floor by the nape of their neck and seat of their pants and were hauled off to jail.’ Kids worked the crowd with milkshake cups to raise the thirty-five dollar bail money. ‘That became so rampant in 1954 and 1955 and that particular crowd of dancers … finally got fed up. They migrated to Ocean Drive’.” (Submitted on February 16, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords.
O.D. (Ocean Drive) Pavilion Behind Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
4. O.D. (Ocean Drive) Pavilion Behind Marker
Jitterbug, Lindy Hop
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
Ducks "The Place Where The Dancers Meet" On Main Street image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
5. Ducks "The Place Where The Dancers Meet" On Main Street
Sign reads "Wed - Shag dance lessons; Happy Hour 4-7 5 Days; Fri & Sat - DJ Gary Stellpflug".
The 2006 Tile on the Shaggers Hall of Fame Walk image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
6. The 2006 Tile on the Shaggers Hall of Fame Walk
The tiles are on the sidewalks on either side of Main Street. This one is in front of Ducks.
Judy's House of Oldies — And Shag Shoe Store image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
7. Judy's House of Oldies — And Shag Shoe Store
Signs in windows read “Shaggin’ Video Tapes; Shag Shoes Now Available; Traditional Shag & Line Dance DVD's, shag shoes & decals.”
Myrtle Beach Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
8. Myrtle Beach Water Tower
It reads "Welcome to North Myrtle Beach, Home of the Shag" and shows two dancers doing the "Lean".
The Winter Beach at North Myrtle Beach image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 14, 2008
9. The Winter Beach at North Myrtle Beach
Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 16, 2009
10. Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion
Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 16, 2009
11. Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 5,651 times since then and 130 times this year. Last updated on September 8, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was the Marker of the Week February 17, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   10, 11. submitted on October 21, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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