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Charlie’s Place may be long gone, but the musical history of the nightclub and its economic contributions to Myrtle Beach are not to be forgotten. That’s why the city is re-creating and restoring what was the adjacent Whispering Pines Motel, where African-American performers of the day stayed while doing their shows at Charlie’s Place. Named for Charlie Fitzgerald, the nightclub hosted singing stars of the time during the days of segregation. It was the birthplace of the Shag and what’s known as Beach Music. When complete in May, the restored motel units will serve as both a museum of the time and a place for today’s entrepreneurs and entertainers to operate businesses or hold music classes. During a “thank you” lunch for the contractor’s staff, city officials toured the site for a progress report.
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