CONWAY— The International Beach Music Hall of Fame has a home at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports beach performers including Maurice Williams were on hand Thursday to make the announcement at the university about a dozen miles from the beach in Conway.
Beach music is a distinctive brand of rhythm and blues associated with shag dancing and summers on the Carolina coast.
Coastal Carolina President David DeCenzo says the university will offer a place where students can learn about the music. Officials hope to create a museum and a hall for induction ceremonies.
Williams recorded such hits as “Stay,” featured in the movie “Dirty Dancing.” It’s been covered by artists from The Four Seasons to Jackson Browne.