Historic Black-Owned Myrtle Beach Nightclub Inducted into Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – For decades, Charlie’s Place has been the go-to place for black musicians, showcasing live music and insight into a community’s unique and complex coastal experience.

The Carolina Beach Music Board inducted the first African-American building, Charlie’s Place, in the Hall of Fame.

“The path has already been paved. We just have to walk in it,” said Cookie Goings, Neighborhood Services Manager for the City of Myrtle Beach.

The 28th Annual Carolina Beach Music Awards hosted its prestigious event at the Alabama Theater.

Its mission is to bring beach music to life and give recognition to artists. For the first time, Carolina Beach Board members recognized what Charlie’s Place has offered the African American community for decades.

“We didn’t expect it and I’m so happy. It’s an honor it’s a blessing. It’s amazing and we’re very grateful for that,” Goings said.

Goings has worked for Neighborhood Services for years, focusing on preserving the history that Charlie’s Place has to offer.

“I feel like we were given a mission. We stand on the shoulders of Mr. Charlie and Ms. Sarah, but of everyone who came before us,” Goings said.

It was a popular African American nightclub and small hotel. During Jim Crow, it was listed in the “Green Book” as a safe place for African Americans to visit.

“He created an atmosphere and a space for everyone to come together and have a good time. That’s all they wanted to do,” Goings said.

Enriched by music, Charlie’s Place was a place where famous African American singers like Dizzy Gillespie, Little Richard, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday sang.

“I am so grateful that we, Neighborhood Services, April and I, and the City of Myrtle Beach have been selected and chosen to carry on this legacy,” Goings said.

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